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Cooler for my FTC this weekend

I can't afford a Yeti or a Pelican ... can I assume a good Igloo or Coleman will do the trick?
Chatsworth Ca.

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 9,753
    edited February 2014
    Any cooler will work-obviously the more insluated the cooler and wrapped food the longer the FTC window.  Double foil wrap your target meat then use towels to fill as much of the cooler void space as possible and you should get 3-4 hours easily and likely more. Edit:  You can pre-warm your cooler with hot water to raise the cooler starting temp if you are looking for a protracted FTC period.  FWIW-
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs 
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  • Preheat your cooler with boiling water too. Sometimes I will roll a couple towels and soak up some of the hot water as a little heater.

    Suntree, FL

  • Carolina QCarolina Q Posts: 9,878
    What are you planning to cook? If pork butt, FTC is unnecessary. Unless you are not yet ready to serve when it's done. I think I used a cooler once, just a cheap Igloo where the lid wasn't even insulated. Worked fine for 3-4 hours. Tasted almost as good as butt pulled immediately after cooking. Not quite. But almost.


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    Michael 
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  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 6,612
    Man.. Don't worry about getting a Yeti or whatever... Find a dang old Igloo, wrap your meat good (double, you can afford to for not buying a Yeti), towel it, and be done.  Save your money. 
    Thanks,

    Matthew
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  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,103
    A cheap bag cooler worked for me.
    Seattle, WA
  • tarheelmatttarheelmatt Posts: 6,612
    Reading into some of these threads will flat put you in the poor house if aren't careful. 
    Thanks,

    Matthew
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  • SoCalTimSoCalTim Posts: 1,573
    Thanks  ... lots of great info. 
    Chatsworth Ca.
  • I used a crappy styrofoam one that came with a Omaha Steak gift the other day.  I wrapped butt in towel, put it in the styrofoam.  2 hours later when I took it out was still quite hot.
    Gregg
    Large BGE Owner since December of 2013!
    Marietta, GA
  • jhl192jhl192 Posts: 998
    Hospitals transport human organs in the Igloo's with the push button open tops so I think they will do the trick for a 3 hour FTC Butt.  I bought my Yeti for other reasons mostly for keeping things cold over long weekends, and as a seat.  They are great but not needed for 3 hours.  I suspect you could just FTC the butt and it would still be hot enough 3 hours later.  
    XL BGE; Medium BGE; L BGE 
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 12,519
    Man.. Don't worry about getting a Yeti or whatever... Find a dang old Igloo, wrap your meat good (double, you can afford to for not buying a Yeti), towel it, and be done.  Save your money. 
    This guy's right. If you remember to wrap your meat good, you'll be able to afford a lot of things. Kids are leeches!

    Wait... I don't think that what we were talking about...
  • SmokeyPittSmokeyPitt Posts: 8,592
    Man.. Don't worry about getting a Yeti or whatever... Find a dang old Igloo, wrap your meat good (double, you can afford to for not buying a Yeti), towel it, and be done.  Save your money. 
    This guy's right. If you remember to wrap your meat good, you'll be able to afford a lot of things. Kids are leeches!

    Wait... I don't think that what we were talking about...

    Keep it wrapped playa.
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  • pgprescottpgprescott Posts: 4,969
    I wet a towel and microwave it. Put it over the foiled meat. Presto.
  • DoofusOfTheDay · agree best coolers around for free, did not do the large print on purpose now you  all know why I don't post picks. everyone accused me of having a mini someday I will figure it all out.

    XL & waiting for my Mini Max Bloomington MN.
  • henapplehenapple Posts: 15,574



    Man.. Don't worry about getting a Yeti or whatever... Find a dang old Igloo, wrap your meat good (double, you can afford to for not buying a Yeti), towel it, and be done.  Save your money. 

    This guy's right. If you remember to wrap your meat good, you'll be able to afford a lot of things. Kids are leeches!

    Wait... I don't think that what we were talking about...


    Sometimes they're assholes
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  • As others have said, save the money and get a cheap cooler. If you need to go more than a few hours, heat up and wrap a fire brick and stick it in the bottom of the cooler.  It's kept multiple butts steamin hot for five hours.

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    LBGE Aug 2012, SBGE Feb 2014

  • TerrebanditTerrebandit Posts: 1,621
    I live only a couple miles from the Yeti factory. Could probably get a good discount over there but I don't see the logic of paying that much for a cooler. I know they keep things cold for a long tome and are practically indestructible but I don't see the need for all dat.
    Dave - Austin, TX
  • You NEED a yeti! Haha ;-) anything will work, but now that I have a yeti I don't know how I got by without it. Not for FTC but for using it for what it is designed for.
    Pure Michigan
    Large BGE, Medium BGE, Weber Performer.
    If dogs don't go to heaven, when I die I want to go wherever they went
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 17,447
    As said. Just not needed unless you have a timing problem.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • GATABITESGATABITES Posts: 1,229
    i have 2 igloos that work well for ftc. Although i dont have to ftc often. 
    XL BGE 
    Joe JR 
    Baltimore, MD
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