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Old 03-26-2012, 12:54 AM   #1
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I want something to keep kegs cold over a weekend without having to constantly add ice. It shouldn't be too warm outside but it's been unseasonably warm lately so who knows.

I'd like to add some insulation. Is it better to have it on the outside or inside?

Like this: insulation -> plastic tote -> ice -> keg
OR this: plastic tote -> insulation -> plastic bag -> ice -> keg

Also, what's a better insulator - reflectix or the foam board insulation? If I put the insulation on the outside, I'd go with reflectix since it's easier to wrap (as long as it's a decent insulator).

I may end up going with a garbage can setup but even with that, I'm curious about the insulation.

 
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Old 06-12-2012, 05:32 AM   #2
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I'm looking at insulating a 45 gal trash can for the same purposes. any insight regarding reflectix vs. foam board?

 
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:32 PM   #3
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This would work better:

Tote-> insulation->tote->ice/keg

This would essentially create a double walled cooler.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:09 PM   #4
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I'm looking at insulating a 45 gal trash can for the same purposes. any insight regarding reflectix vs. foam board?
Reflecix is not totally worthless, just nearly totally worthless. Slightly better than nothing.

Foam Board is the way to go.


 
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:28 PM   #5
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Foam board has a much higher R value than the reflective stuff, making it a better insulator. You could always do reflective - cooler - insulation - ice - keg. The reflective is good for the outside because it reflects (keyword ) more radiation than something that is more opaque, so less is absorbed by the tote.

 
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Old 06-12-2012, 04:54 PM   #6
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I'm looking at insulating a 45 gal trash can for the same purposes. any insight regarding reflectix vs. foam board?
If you have the room for the foam board and your can is square/rectangular instead of round, I'd go with the foam board. That's what I ended up using and it kept things cold for a long weekend.

 
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Old 06-12-2012, 09:46 PM   #7
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Hi

If you are really trying to keep the beer cold for several days... ice is going to be a pain. If this is more than just a one time thing, you might consider adapting a 12V powered refrigerator / cooler.

Bob

 
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