High-end rotomolded coolers, such as Frio Ice Chests, benefit greatly from this.
Why should you pre-cool your cooler?
The better the cooler, the better off you are pre-cooling your cooler. Pre-cooling is also known as pre-loading or, pre-chilling a cooler. Frio coolers are made of denser material and therefore have greater mass (weight for its size). The insulation in your cooler insulates but it can also be an anchor for heat or cold. This is more intense in a Frio high-end cooler due to insulation density (weight). Without pre-cooling, you will get better results with a low-end cooler then with a high-end cooler if both coolers start out warm. This is because the lower priced cooler has less mass, making it easier to change the temperature of the cooler.
What’s happening when you pre-cool or pre-chill a cooler?
When you pre-cool a cooler, you bring its temperature closer to the intended food temperature goal, thereby not wasting energy cooling the cooler. When the better coolers are pre-cooled, they will substantially outperform a pre-cooled low-end cooler.
How do you pre-cool your cooler?
Always start with your cooler in at least ac / room temperature. Do not pull from the attic or hot garage and add ice without chilling. Many people use sacrificial ice (10lb bag) to pre-cool a cooler. This is ice that you use only for this purpose. Toss out and then properly pack your cooler with new ice after you have had the sacrificial bag of ice in the cooler for about an hour. The Frio Kooler Kube is a great "reusable" item to use to cool your cooler and greatly extends the life of your ice retention. Simply fill the Frio Kooler Kube with water and freeze for 24 hours. When it’s time to use the cooler, make sure your cooler is as cold as possible, add the Frio Kooler Kube with your ice and make sure the food and drinks you put into the cooler are as cold as possible. This process will give you the best ice retention possible.
What are the benefits of the Frio Kooler Kube?
The Frio Kooler Kube is a great reusable option for pre-cooling your cooler and for adding days of life to your ice.