trilobyte wrote:Even under a good-sized shade structure, by late afternoon the ground radiates warmth upwards (since the playa as a whole is being heated by the sun all day). To get the most from your cooler (and the ice inside it), you need to get those coolers up off the ground.
This year we were short on actual tables, so I just screwed some scrap plywood into a couple 2x12 boards to get them up off the dust. It was better than nothing, but it still felt like we were going through ice faster than we should. And we were careful to minimize going into them wherever possible.
Who out there knows more about these things - what are your recommendations for elevating them?
OK- here's what we do- simple, easy:
Of course, keep coolers in the shade-
I use bed risers to elevate the coolers. For those unfamiliar, they look sort of like pots for plants, are about 6 or 7 inches high, made of super hard plastic, designed to put the casters of a bedframe on, so they can take plenty of weight. They are also light and stackable.
If you keep your eyes open you can get them for super cheap (I got mine for under $1 each)
Another advantage of rising coolers is easier draining:
We use small plastic bus tubs to drain the coolers where they stand without moving them. For clean coolers (canned beverages, etc), consider re-using the water- misters or footbaths. If not re-using the water, slide the bus tub with the cold drained water underneath the cooler- any bit of cold helps.
Consider separating your food in coolers- plan some coolers for 'later in the week' food, mark it, and ONLY OPEN IT TO RE-ICE!
5 day coolers. Or 7 day coolers. Or whatever they invent next. I'm finally done with regular coolers- the 5 days REALLY cut down on the ice bill.
SIMPLE, CHEAP, LIGHTWEIGHT, LOW BULK SOLUTION
(16 years on the playa, I’ve learned a lot from my mistakes)