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Old 07 June 2015, 05:07   #1
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Fish transportation

Anyone got any ideas of a cool box type idea to keep fish fresh from a five hour car journey
I have got a 12 v cigarette type socket, most seem to keep at around 18 o below ambient temperature, I need more
Maybe an ice maker to pack ice around fish in a normal cool box
Can I get a decent fridge on 12v?
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Fresh fish should always be packed in ice for best condition. Ask you local fishmonger for a suitably sized poly box and to fill it with ice. Pack the fish in the middle buried in the ice. Put something under the poly box in the car to catch any melt. As long as the car stays fairly cool, the ice will last for hours.
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Fresh fish should always be packed in ice for best condition. Ask you local fishmonger for a suitably sized poly box and to fill it with ice. Pack the fish in the middle buried in the ice. Put something under the poly box in the car to catch any melt. As long as the car stays fairly cool, the ice will last for hours.


Maybe wrap a bit of cling film around the box too. Those fishmongers have a certain "aura" about them that your family might not appreciate for the next couple of months...
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How hots your car? If you are driving with AC on or windows down... Expect 21C so 18 below that is 3C which is colder than most household fridges... Beware they drink electrickery so parking up is an issue if for long periods.

A caravan fridge uses 240, 12 and gas. Absolutely guzzles 12v though. They have a (ahem) thermostat to adjust temp. Big in terms of size and not sure how you dissipate the heat.

We receive cold chain items at work shipped in 'fancy' coolboxes for up to 96hours. They are effectively made of kingspan boards lining a box about 60cm cubed. Then icepacks around the sides which are at -20C then a layer at 4C then the goods also at 4C then airspace taken up by packing chips. The right box with the right icepack will stay under 8C for 4 days unopened.

We use IceTec boxes in a simillar way which are used in the states by sea fishermen who fill to top with ice. They have a drain plug which I think they remove/loosen to prolong life. For us freezing is bad. But very possible with plenty of icepacks to keep at at least fridge temp for 5hours.
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Beware the cheap picnic box or the squdgy bags most seem to be air filled... Rather that insulating foam
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Pop into the local fish market and get a hold of a large polystyrene transport box, fill with ice and frozen bottles of water ( less mess), place in a suitable container to catch water spills, cover in silver foil blanket.

It'll stay cold for hours.
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Maybe wrap a bit of cling film around the box too. Those fishmongers have a certain "aura" about them that your family might not appreciate for the next couple of months...
I was 'in the trade' years ago. My 'Bizzy' partner and I once went straight from work to the flicks with a couple of chicks. There was a whole heap of air sniffing and whispering going on throughout the cinema.
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There was a whole heap of air sniffing and whispering going on throughout the cinema.
Which team was doing the sniffing then?
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I was 'in the trade' years ago. My 'Bizzy' partner and I once went straight from work to the flicks with a couple of chicks. There was a whole heap of air sniffing and whispering going on throughout the cinema.
Fishy fingers maybe
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Which team was doing the sniffing then?
A bit of both, they were Cornish bints, one from trawler stock.
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