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    Cool Making Ice - the ultimate answer

    Most attempts at making ice during a long trip ends up with a solid block of frozen water and food packages on the bottom of the freezer due to spillage of water from whatever container you use to try to make ice.

    A couple of years ago I've resolved this problem, and are not sure how far this method has filtered through the 4 x 4 community. If it hasn't reached you yet, here is the answer:

    Use those little plastic see-through pill containers that are cylindrical, about 55 mm high and 28 mm in diameter, with a snap-on lid. Fill as many of them as you have space for in your camping freezer, with water, and line the bottom of the freezer in layers with these little pieces of magic!

    They seal water-tight and will give you a fresh supply of ice-blocks every night (provided of course that your freezer is running effectively, and that you re-fill the ones that you've emptied out ). Dislodging the icecube from the container is as easy as letting it stand outside for about 5 minutes, or to hold it tightly in your hand for a little while.

    You can buy these pill containers at any Plastics Warehouse or similar outlets.

    If you DO insist in letting your neatly prepared pre-packed food portions float around in thawed ice water and the labels come off all the time or become unreadable, the answer is also simple - mark the package or Tupperware container INSIDE and not on TOP !

    Hope these suggestions make life easier for you. Would love to here about alternative solutions.
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    We use the plastic bags that have sub-divisions for cubes.
    You fill it and tie the top closed. Even if it thaws, it does not spill.

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    I have a Ice maker not cheap but it works I can't drink my Red Hard with out ice.
    To see what my previous Hilux did click link below

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    We use some small water bottles to supplement the ice bricks, and the blocks themselves go into tupperware
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    This is an excellent idea. The iceblocks should also be a little more substantial than the dinky little ones from the plastic bags - so you need fewer of them.
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    Ek HAAT ys, dit gee verskriklik babbelaas
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2510JP View Post
    Ek HAAT ys, dit gee verskriklik babbelaas

    Nee dis nie die ys nie. Dit is die slaap, want ek voel baie goed voor ek loop slaap, maar hond die volgende oggend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    We use the plastic bags that have sub-divisions for cubes.
    You fill it and tie the top closed. Even if it thaws, it does not spill.
    I use the latest ones, they are self sealing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pype View Post
    I have a Ice maker not cheap but it works I can't drink my Red Hard with out ice.
    Could you give us more info on your 12V ice maker?

    What make, model etc?

    Where are they sold?

    Do you know if one can see the unit on a website somewhere?

    Thanks,

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    Tx for the comments guys.

    Just to remove some confusion: the suggestion on how to make ice pertains to the ice that you put in your drinks, and not to a method of keeping your cooler box cold. Apologies for not having made this clear enough in the original post.

    An ice-making machine is ideal.

    The plastic bags with little rectangles work well under relatively calm and static driving and camping conditions. Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt. However, you still have to spend the time and effort to purchase, and remember to purchase, your new supply of ice-making bags. And we were operating with a lack of enough finnesse to keep them intact

    As far as the second tip / hint / suggestion in the last paragraph goes: I have been sworn to silence, and I respect that fully in terms of the TOS. (I hereby offer my apology Dirk).

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    Quote Originally Posted by babba View Post
    Tx for the comments guys.

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    En vir die Afrikaanse manne - Eish!!!!!

    Eish, en ek dog nog die hele tyd dis Zulu !
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2510JP View Post
    Ek HAAT ys, dit gee verskriklik babbelaas
    jys verkeerd, dis die coke wat jou dronk maak.........

    coke en brannewyn?
    coke en rum?
    coke en whisky?
    coke en vodka?

    dis die coke se ek vir jou

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    Die easiest way is to buy a box of these sealed pure water sachets used by marathon runners and to dump this in the freezer. You buy them per box of 100 (about 100ml per bag) and last time I paid R13.00 per box. You will never run out of ice again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PietH View Post
    Die easiest way is to buy a box of these sealed pure water sachets used by marathon runners and to dump this in the freezer. You buy them per box of 100 (about 100ml per bag) and last time I paid R13.00 per box. You will never run out of ice again.
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    I also had the blink plan to take my icemachine with on our last trip to Boegoeberg. It works nicely, but what happens if you do not have 220 V. I believe running it from 12 V via your inverter might be too heavy on the second battery that is already working hard pulling lights and a freezer.
    The pill bottles is an excellent idea Babba.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PietH View Post
    Die easiest way is to buy a box of these sealed pure water sachets used by marathon runners and to dump this in the freezer. You buy them per box of 100 (about 100ml per bag) and last time I paid R13.00 per box. You will never run out of ice again.
    What size 'dop' do you throw, if your ice cubes are 100ml!


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    100ml is not much?

    Tall glass, filled with icecubes, double Southern Comfort, and dash of coke and you have drink fit for a king!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TimJNB View Post
    Could you give us more info on your 12V ice maker?

    What make, model etc?

    Where are they sold?

    Do you know if one can see the unit on a website somewhere?

    Thanks,

    Tim
    Hi Tim only saw your post now here is the web site for the Ice maker http://www.xtremerefrigeration.co.za/index_files/Page917.htm I have the BL-15 220 volt which I run of a inverter there is about a R3000-00 deferens between the BL-15 (220 volt only) and the DL-15 (12 volt only).
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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ePajero View Post
    What size 'dop' do you throw, if your ice cubes are 100ml!

    Refer my signature
    If brute force does'nt not work you are not using enough!!!
    Size DOES matter!!!!
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