Maximizing Ice Retention
Outstanding thermal properties set YETI Coolers apart. YETI coolers are among the best insulated coolers on the market today. The insulation, combined with a freezer quality sealing gasket and durable one piece construction gives YETI industry leading ice retention. Use the information below to maximize your YETI's cooler performance.
If stored in a warm place, a significant amount of ice will be wasted cooling the cooler itself. Preload your cooler a few hours prior to use with a sacrificial bag of ice to cool it down.
Warm ice (around 32° F) is typically wet or dripping, and won't last long. Ice that is colder than the freezing point is relatively dry and will last substantially longer.
Smaller, cubed ice will chill a cooler and the contents more quickly, but block ice melts at a much slower rate. Most pros use a mix of both to chill contents and achieve long-term ice retention.
Large areas of air inside your cooler will accelerate ice-melt as the ice is consumed cooling the air. These spaces are best filled with extra ice, towels, or crumpled newspaper if weight is a concern. Use the YETI Tundra Divider to separate extra ice, towels, and newspaper. YETI Tundra Divider comes in 17 various sizes to fit all your needs.
Once your cooler is in use, do not empty the cold water. It will be almost as cold as the ice and will help insulate the remaining ice. However, exposed food and meat should be kept out of the water. Use the YETI Tundra Cooler Basket to keep your food from getting wet. .
Keep your cooler out of direct sunlight. Ice can last up to twice as long in the shade. Some pros even use tarps or towels to cover their coolers when they cant't find a shaded spot. Use the YETI Tank Lid to keep sunlight off your cooler. YETI Tank Lid is available in a smaller (45) version and a larger (85) version.
Every time you open the cooler, you are exchanging the cold air inside for warm air outside that must be cooled, causing faster ice-melt. Pros sometime limit their access to once per day.
A major benefit of the YETI Tundra, Roadie, and Tank is their dry ice compatibility. When used in your YETI cooler, dry ice can keep food and drinks cold and frozen longer than regular ice.
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