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Old 07-21-2009, 07:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Ice Chest Portable A/C units??,..anyone use??

I am looking to try one of these units in my ice chest, anyone here ever used one or have one? Looks like it could cool a small area like the inside of my Scout, its just a pickup cab top so the cubic footage is pretty minimal,..thoughts?
I like the idea of maybe cooling the small tent I use when I catfish in farm ponds at night, cause I am getting older and hate trying to sleep in hot temps.



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I thought this was about those 12v portable refrigerators. I'd love to have one in the trunk of my car
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We use one in our tent when we are running trotlines, it is a 6-man and keeps it comfortable. Only down fall is extra moisture on warm nights and son't leave the door open bugs and critters like the cooler temp, the no leeged ones really like them..

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Commonly found in aircraft supply places. Most folks make their own. Most aircraft interiors about the size of your scout cab.

For AZ -- just blowing air over ice help as you get the evaporative effect to assist in cooling.

For Humid areas -- rig up a small 12V water pump with a something the size of a small transmission cooler. Air is chilled blowing past the ice water, and helps reduce humidity.

Bag of ice (10#) will last about two hours. 30F drop in temperature.

Someones blog on their A/C unit:
http://www.psprang.blogspot.com/

Photo's from one of the guy's in Dallas who built one (bilge pump); fan in the top.
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Couldn't you also use that in the winter to heat a tent? Just use a turkey fryer to heat up some water before bed. Pour in and enjoy some heat. I might have to build one. I have a bunch of coolers laying around that I don't use anymore.
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Couldn't you also use that in the winter to heat a tent? Just use a turkey fryer to heat up some water before bed. Pour in and enjoy some heat. I might have to build one. I have a bunch of coolers laying around that I don't use anymore.

Propane heaters are so good and cheap now, I wouldn't even bother with that.
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Commonly found in aircraft supply places. Most folks make their own. Most aircraft interiors about the size of your scout cab.

For AZ -- just blowing air over ice help as you get the evaporative effect to assist in cooling.

For Humid areas -- rig up a small 12V water pump with a something the size of a small transmission cooler. Air is chilled blowing past the ice water, and helps reduce humidity.

Bag of ice (10#) will last about two hours. 30F drop in temperature.

Someones blog on their A/C unit:
http://www.psprang.blogspot.com/

Photo's from one of the guy's in Dallas who built one (bilge pump); fan in the top.
Could you take that idea and make a sealed water system and place one cooler between two blocks of dry ice and another cooler in the place in this picture? Seems like dry ice would last a bit longer than regular ice, but you might have a problem keeping the water from freezing.
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I made my own for camping with the old lady.

I took a cooler like that, ran metal dryer duct through it in one side and out the other, and mounted a hair dryer minus the heating coils to one end of the duct. Hair dryer motors can be run off 12 DC so I just hook it up to a spare car battery.
The other end has an extension that goes in the tent and just fill up the cooler with ice.
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Could you take that idea and make a sealed water system and place one cooler between two blocks of dry ice and another cooler in the place in this picture? Seems like dry ice would last a bit longer than regular ice, but you might have a problem keeping the water from freezing.

and the release of c02 in a confined space.....
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and the release of c02 in a confined space.....
Takes a lot to hurt ya. I ferment my beer in my closet all the time, never had any problems.
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Meh, it doesn't have any smell.
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and the release of c02 in a confined space.....
it will helps you sleep
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