Packing beer in Waeco

Submitted: Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:15
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Now, this may seem like a silly question, but need ideas on packing beer in our Waeco.

Crossing the Simpson desert in a week and last year, had many an exploded beer.

We have a CFX-65 which is very deep and fits about 3 layers of cans.

Anyone else had this problem?
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Reply By: Member - Andrew L (QLD) - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:28

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:28
Why do you need 3 layers of beers in the fridge..?

Just run what you need for each evenings session, put them in in the morning to chill during the day when the vehicle is running, even more friendly to limited battery capacity.

Being a Waeco, run your frozen meat in the bottom, and chill items on top. Worked a treat for many many trips over 8 years before I bought the Evakool.
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Follow Up By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:27

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:27
Gday
Helen might drink 3 layers of beer per night Andrew.
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Follow Up By: baz&pud (tassie) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:22

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:22
If you have to pack the Waeco to capacity, use the cardboard cartoon, and place small pieces between the cans (same as wine bottles are packed in cartoons).
When first layer is in place a piece of cardboard on top of them, then place the next layer on top.
Having said above go along with others, just put enough in for that evening, plus a couple more.
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Reply By: The Explorer - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:34

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 21:34
Hi

Discussion on this important matter about year and half ago..

Thin Beer Cans

and before that here

Stopping Cans Rubbing

If you do a forum search of "beer" you may find others.

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Reply By: Helen D2 - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:01

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:01
Thanks a lot Greg. Some great suggestions on those older threads.
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Reply By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:30

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:30
Helen D2,

Take stubbies and don't take them out of the plastic wrapping until you are ready to drink them. The plastic keeps the tops on. If you don't have a lot of room in your fridge, only put in a days worth and at night, leave stubbies outside and the cold night will chill them to drinking temperature by morning.


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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:03

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:03
I understand that people like beer in a bottle, but stubbies in the bush to me is a massive NO NO.

I have uncovered, or should I said my kid has uncovered broken stubbies in the bush more times than I can remember.

My solution to your problem is this, you need 2 fridges one for the food and one for the beer, to stop them from breaking or bursting is simple fill the fridge to the brim and keep it that way, it works for me, I have a never ending supply for all occasions.

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:45

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:45
Aussi Traveller,

I keep heavy plastic bags in my canopy in which I put the empties. None of mine ever end up as litter. Mind you, I have seen plenty of stubbies and cans and other rubbish laying around camps and roads etc.

I also have two fridges. One as a freezer and the other as a fridge. Unfortunately I have to put some food in the fridge.

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Follow Up By: Aussi Traveller - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:30

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:30
Yeah Robert I understand that some do the right thing, unfortunately most don't, in fact Litchfield National park have just stopped GLASS BOTTLES from the swimming areas and made it a fine able offence.

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Follow Up By: Member - Robert R1 (SA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:22

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 15:22
Thanks Aussi Traveller. I didn't know that.

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Follow Up By: Alan S (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 16:31

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 16:31
Hi Robert

The thing i don't like about glass is even when empty they take up the same space as full, and dont weight much less.
With cans once drunk they can be crushed and you get back space. However on the downside the selection of beer in cans is pretty poor compared to stubbies.

Alan
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Reply By: mudbro2 - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:36

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 22:36
I have had cans explode several times & having an autofridge the cans also leave alot of marks on the bottom & walls. My solution was to get the MSA 4x4 tinnie tubes, not the cheapest solution at $34 for 12 but work a treat & come with canvas storage bag that you can hang on fridge handle or cargo barrier etc.
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Follow Up By: Member - i'machocoholic - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:35

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 11:35
x2 for the MSA tubes. They're thin unlike other coolers so don't take up much space in the fridge. We also use them when we've cracked open a carton of drinks and not transferred an entire row to the fridge. They stop loose cans from shifting in the box.
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Follow Up By: Chargergirl76 - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 13:40

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 13:40
Yep, agree 100%. Best thing we ever bought was the MSA 4x4 tinnie tubes, only had 1 beer explode since using them and the cover itself sucked up the small amount of spillage. Not cheap, but worth the money
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Reply By: Wayne's 60 - Monday, May 26, 2014 at 23:49

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 23:49
Hi Helen,

The simple answer is......

Open lid

Place beer

Close lid :-)

As others have indicated,
have a small amount in place and on a daily rotate,
replace what has been used.
Use thin socks as protectors.
Some use rubber bands around the top & bottom of the can.
Pack the fridge tightly - use inflated wine bladders - to minimise movement
Driver slower, less movement when you do.

Have a great trip.

Cheers,
Wayne & Sally.

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Reply By: Bigfish - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 06:19

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 06:19
buy cheap neoprene stubby/can holders and stack them in fridge with can in place....simple
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Reply By: Member - PJR (NSW) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 07:47

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 07:47
Another vote for only putting the next days rations in the fridge.

Phil
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Reply By: Member - Duncan W (WA) - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:25

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 09:25
If stacking cans on top of each other, beer or cool drinks, I place a sheet of plastic fluted /Visy board between. To stop the sideways rub I've used stubby folders or tea towels.
For wine I use an old whiskey tin that acts like an ice bucket. Tin in the corner and the wife's bottle of 'cardinay' just slides in and out without the canned stuff falling into the hole left by her bottle of wine. Also handy for my 1.5L water bottle.

If carrying wine bottles I leave the wine in the carton and replace the empty bottle in the spot I took it out of the carton. Solves rattle and rubbish issues.

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Reply By: Grizzle - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:21

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 10:21
Kids ankle socks. Cheap as from KMART. Get different colours so you know which beers are cold and which are warm

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Follow Up By: duck - Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 16:59

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 16:59
It's worked for us for years or cut up a motorcycle tube to be big rubber bands this helps with side rubs but not top or bottoms wearing
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