MAKING ICE LAST
START WITH A COOLER ROVR
Here’s a little science for ya. If your RovR is warm before you put ice in it, the ice will be wasted cooling down the RovR itself. The solution? Preload your RovR the night before with a sacrificial bag of ice to cool it down. Extra points if you dedicate the sacrifice to the camping gods.
NOT ALL ICE IS CREATED EQUAL
“Warm” ice (hey, it’s all relative, right?) is around 32 degrees, is usually wet or dripping, and does not last long. When stocking your RovR, go for the dryer ice that’s colder than the freezing point. That’s the stuff with real staying power.
CUBED ICE VS. BLOCK ICE
The showdown of the century! Smaller, cubed ice will chill a RovR and its contents more quickly, but block ice melts at a much slower rate. What to choose? Pro tip: use a mix of both to chill contents and achieve long-term ice retention.
TWICE THE ICE IS TWICE AS NICE
It stands to reason, the more ice in your RovR, the cooler your RovR. We recommend following a 2:1 ice-to-contents ratio. This means that one-third of your RovR is for your favorite food and drinks and two-thirds should be filled to the top with the ice that keeps the cold. The more ice you use, the longer it will last.
AIR: ICE’S MORTAL ENEMY
Large pockets of air inside your RovR will accelerate melting as the ice is consumed by cooling the air. Fill empty spaces with towels, extra ice or more cold cans of your favorite beverage.
OBVIOUS FACT OF THE DAY: SUNLIGHT IS A HEAT SOURCE
We know, we know. This is probably a given, but it’s worth mentioning that ice can last up to twice as long in the shade. Keep your RovR out of direct sunlight when possible and use tarps or towels to cover it when you can’t find a shaded spot.
ONLY OPEN YOUR RovR WHEN NECESSARY
Think about this: every time you open your RovR, you’re exchanging the cold air inside for warm ice- melting outside air. Moral of the story? Do a headcount to see if anybody else wants another round before replenishing your beverage. Not only is it the nice thing to do, you’ll save cold air by reducing the amount of times your RovR is opened.
DON’T DRAIN THE WATER
Even after the ice melts, cold water helps to insulate the remaining ice. Just keep exposed food and meat should be kept out of the water to keep things sanitary.
DRY ICE IS BEST
Dry ice is compatible in every RovR. When used in a RovR RollR or IC, it can keep food and drinks cold and frozen even longer than regular ice. Plus, it looks spooky and cool.
RollR in tha house!