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  • moving and need to transport my frozen game across canada suggestions?!

     Trent updated 11 months, 1 week ago 2 Members · 9 Posts
  • Trent

    Member
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Hi I am moving across canada and I need to bring a fair amount of hunted meat. I am looking for any and all advice. I have looked into shipping as well as buying a top notch cooler for the drive as i estimate it will be about the same cost to do both. the drive should only take us 5 max 6 days and the coolers say they hold ice for 10-12. however watching test videos it seems tht ice is melting but there is still ice in the cooler at the end of that time. I am wondering how that would affect the meat defrosting? Currently in a deep freeze that I am cranking up so the meat will enter as cold as possible but looking for advice from anyone who is experienced. Thanks!

  • coyotesarecunts

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Use dry ice on the bottom of your cooler to keep them frozen.

  • i_like-squirrels

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    I personally wouldn’t trust any cooler to keep ice for that. With that much time I think I would pack in some dry ice, if the cooler can handle it, and replace it every other day I’m on the road.

  • bighairyyak

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Cost might be a factor but you can get plug-in coolers that run off of the 12v in your car. They keep everything cold without need for ice. They’re super handy, just not sure how much space you’d need. (If you felt really adventurous you could Frankenstein a plug in cooler unit into a larger container and make a tiny little cold box)

    Where are you moving from/to? Fellow Canadian here.

  • Rebekah477

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    We took our own food on vacation last summer (we eat home raised meat and Im a meat/egg snob haha) and drove for 2 days. The meat was still frozen when we got there. We have a Yeti cooler. Good luck on your move! Hope it all works out for you.

  • bcmouf

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Just make sure you check dry ice availablity on your route before you go. Not very accessible in a lot of places.

  • theyareallgone

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Are you moving the deep freeze as well? Are you moving with your own pickup truck or an open trailer?

    If so, you might try running the deep freeze during the trip. Either off a generator on the back of the truck/trailer, or if you are willing to spend some money up front to save some gas, you could install a powerful enough inverter in your truck to power the cooler.

    Alternatively, you could load the deep freeze into whatever, put the meat back into the deep freeze and run it every night when you stop. As long as the sun is kept off the deep freeze and it’s full, it should stay fully frozen for 10-12 hours at a stretch, no problem.

  • 110savage87

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    Get a small portable generator and I’m guessing you already have the deep freeze.

  • alt3rnate

    Guest
    June 15, 2021 at 11:02 am

    1) vacuum seal everything if you haven’t already. I do this for all my game meat and everything has survived in a couple of cases when I had accidental thawing (left the freezer door cracked :/ )

    2) Look into Chilly Moose coolers. They are pretty great for keeping things cold for a long time. They come in 75L sizes. Message them on instagram and see if they have any “scratch & dent” ones. I did this and I honestly couldn’t even tell what the issue was with it and I got a pretty decent discount on the price. I think it was just the previous years model. Canadian company and on par with Yeti.

    If you fill it with frozen meat and don’t open it I’m willing to bet your meat still be frozen days later. Not sure about 6 days but easily 2-3 days. After that you might need ice packs.

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