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Yeti Cooler

I'm looking to purchase a Yeti haul. I was planning on using it keep beverages cold. I was also going to use it to hold my smoked Brisket, pork shoulder etc. after its done being smoked to rest. Would the smoked meat absorb into the cooler walls? I wouldn't want to ruin the cooler. Anyone have any experience? 

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  • I’ve used mine for that with no residual affects. I will say though, I did a side by side test with all things being equal. Filled a yeti and a Coleman marine extreme with the exact same amount of ice and same items and left both in the boat for a week in the summer. At the end of the week the yeti was all water and the Coleman still had big chunks of ice cubes still stuck together. I like the sturdiness of the yeti over the Coleman but I don’t know that I would ever buy another one. Yeti does a great job at marketing but my test was proof that a cooler that cost a third the amount would keep ice longer. Now I’ve had to change the hinges twice on my Coleman and never touched the yeti. But still I can replace a lot of hinges for the $200 difference. 
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 3,202
    I have used a large cooler as a mash tun for years and it still smells like cooler
    South of Columbus, Ohio.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 33,403
    I stored some shrimp in a rotomolded Igloo for about a month in the back yard accidentally.   Stinks so bad I still haven't used it again.
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 33,403
    ..in the summer.
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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 2,358
    think it'd be ok to put more shrimp in?  What could go wrong - they already smell like shrimp.
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 33,403
    think it'd be ok to put more shrimp in?  What could go wrong - they already smell like shrimp.
    I would be fine storing more putrid shrimp in it.  I'm not going to use them for anything but catfish chumming at this point.
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  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 2,358
    You try this?

    Put 1/2 Cup of White Distilled Vinegar in the yeti. 4. Dip the sponge with baking soda in the Yeti to make a paste with the White Distilled Vinegar and scrub.
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,499
    I usually wash mine out with dish soap and bleach. Especially after storing large amounts of uncooked poultry, etc.. Also been used to FTC quite a bit. Never noticed a smell.

    Sounds like a good reason to buy 2 coolers though  =)
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  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 1,905
    Do it all the time with a roadie. Clorox clean up ftw. No problems
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  • frazzdaddyfrazzdaddy Posts: 1,905
    I have used a large cooler as a mash tun for years and it still smells like cooler
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,753
    If you are not hard-over on buying a Yeti give the search function here a look.  Many threads on rotomolded coolers with lots of different brands to consider.  FWIW-
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,900
    I’ve used mine for that with no residual affects. I will say though, I did a side by side test with all things being equal. Filled a yeti and a Coleman marine extreme with the exact same amount of ice and same items and left both in the boat for a week in the summer. At the end of the week the yeti was all water and the Coleman still had big chunks of ice cubes still stuck together. I like the sturdiness of the yeti over the Coleman but I don’t know that I would ever buy another one. Yeti does a great job at marketing but my test was proof that a cooler that cost a third the amount would keep ice longer. Now I’ve had to change the hinges twice on my Coleman and never touched the yeti. But still I can replace a lot of hinges for the $200 difference. 
    Not wishing to be obtuse here,  but if it were I, and I needed to keep ice on a boat for a week, in the summer, I would own a boat with a freezer. But that is just me.

    I own RTICs, I own Igloos, I have owned Colemans, and others. I bought each cooler for a specific purpose. Bottom line, they all do great at keeping things cold. If that is your only threshold for performance in a cooler, then most certainly you should look for lower cost alternatives to a Yeti.

    However, if you are into adventure sports, where your Ăss is on the line, and you need equipment you can count on consistantly, without fail, with proven durability against all challenges, I have experienced no other cooler that offers better total performance than a Yeti.

    $200.00 is nothing when you are 100 miles from anywhwere, trust me. It is worth it, to know you have one less thing to need to be concerned with and that you can trust it performing 100%, 100% of the time, every time you need it. That is my determination for value versus cost.

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,353
    edited January 11
    If you want to stay in the same price range but want an arguably better product, get a Cabela's Polar Cap.  Comparatively over built, and unlike the Yeti, made in the USA (if that sort of thing matters to you).  

    That said, for BBQ I'd rather have an easy open cheap Coleman. You get much less usable space in rotomolds. 
    South of Nashville  -  BGE XL  -  Alfresco 42" ALXE  -  Alfresco Versa Burner  - Sunbeam Microwave 
  • northGAcocknorthGAcock Posts: 14,221
    YukonRon said:
    I’ve used mine for that with no residual affects. I will say though, I did a side by side test with all things being equal. Filled a yeti and a Coleman marine extreme with the exact same amount of ice and same items and left both in the boat for a week in the summer. At the end of the week the yeti was all water and the Coleman still had big chunks of ice cubes still stuck together. I like the sturdiness of the yeti over the Coleman but I don’t know that I would ever buy another one. Yeti does a great job at marketing but my test was proof that a cooler that cost a third the amount would keep ice longer. Now I’ve had to change the hinges twice on my Coleman and never touched the yeti. But still I can replace a lot of hinges for the $200 difference. 
    Not wishing to be obtuse here,  but if it were I, and I needed to keep ice on a boat for a week, in the summer, I would own a boat with a freezer. But that is just me.

    I own RTICs, I own Igloos, I have owned Colemans, and others. I bought each cooler for a specific purpose. Bottom line, they all do great at keeping things cold. If that is your only threshold for performance in a cooler, then most certainly you should look for lower cost alternatives to a Yeti.

    However, if you are into adventure sports, where your Ăss is on the line, and you need equipment you can count on consistantly, without fail, with proven durability against all challenges, I have experienced no other cooler that offers better total performance than a Yeti.

    $200.00 is nothing when you are 100 miles from anywhwere, trust me. It is worth it, to know you have one less thing to need to be concerned with and that you can trust it performing 100%, 100% of the time, every time you need it. That is my determination for value versus cost.

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    .....it’s also ok to be one of the cool kids 🕶 and own a Yeti.  ;)
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  • YukonRon said:
    I’ve used mine for that with no residual affects. I will say though, I did a side by side test with all things being equal. Filled a yeti and a Coleman marine extreme with the exact same amount of ice and same items and left both in the boat for a week in the summer. At the end of the week the yeti was all water and the Coleman still had big chunks of ice cubes still stuck together. I like the sturdiness of the yeti over the Coleman but I don’t know that I would ever buy another one. Yeti does a great job at marketing but my test was proof that a cooler that cost a third the amount would keep ice longer. Now I’ve had to change the hinges twice on my Coleman and never touched the yeti. But still I can replace a lot of hinges for the $200 difference. 
    Not wishing to be obtuse here,  but if it were I, and I needed to keep ice on a boat for a week, in the summer, I would own a boat with a freezer. But that is just me.

    I own RTICs, I own Igloos, I have owned Colemans, and others. I bought each cooler for a specific purpose. Bottom line, they all do great at keeping things cold. If that is your only threshold for performance in a cooler, then most certainly you should look for lower cost alternatives to a Yeti.

    However, if you are into adventure sports, where your Ăss is on the line, and you need equipment you can count on consistantly, without fail, with proven durability against all challenges, I have experienced no other cooler that offers better total performance than a Yeti.

    $200.00 is nothing when you are 100 miles from anywhwere, trust me. It is worth it, to know you have one less thing to need to be concerned with and that you can trust it performing 100%, 100% of the time, every time you need it. That is my determination for value versus cost.

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    True on the fridge comment. We were on vacation at a beach house and just left the coolers in the boat since we used it every day. 

    I agree on toughness. I have a rtic and a yeti and both are similarly tougher than the Coleman. I put the yeti on the front deck and stand on it to sight fish some and I’d never trust the Coleman for that. 
  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,716
    YukonRon said:

    ....

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? Both these brands have passionate followers that seem to rival Yeti fans.  
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • DoubleEggerDoubleEgger Posts: 16,849


    Now then the Yeti Tee shirt can go 5 days without washing.
    That’s a beautiful piece of property. 
  • YukonRon said:

    ....

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? Both these brands have passionate followers that seem to rival Yeti fans.  
    Marketing. I got a steal on my rtic and it looks and functions exactly the same for less than half the price. Pelican was making rotomolded cases for equipment for years before anybody made a cooler. They’re good stuff too. 
  • SonVoltSonVolt Posts: 2,353
    edited January 11

    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? 


    Delusions. 
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  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 33,403
    And this


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  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,900
    jtcBoynton said: uou
    YukonRon said:

    ....

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? Both these brands have passionate followers that seem to rival Yeti fans.  
    Got the equivalent RTIC to Yeti 65. The seal on the RTIC, split on the 4th trip out. Luckily I also had my Yeti 65 with us on the camping, summiting trip.

    Got home, gave the RTIC to a very grateful friend, who still uses it to hold beer. And a 2-3 day trip. Works great.

    Bought a 2nd Yeti to replace the RTIC. 

    Like I said, my experience may be different from everybody out there. However, I have 2 Yetis that work like they did when I bought them, and there have been zero issues.

    Zero issues, is what I paid for. If there were issues, I would be telling you. I am loyal to a point. When that point becomes an issue to the well being of my family when doing what we enjoy, then I will make a change.

    Just my observation on many weeks and weekends remote and relying on the equipment we need.
    "Knowledge is Good" - Emil Faber

    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • littlerascal56littlerascal56 Posts: 1,259
    edited January 12
    I like my Yeti 45, but only use it 4-5 times a summer because it’s so heavy.  Actually use my Coleman marine almost every week, as it’s light and only need it to hold ice for a couple of days.

    It does work great as a shop cooler to hold beer for my buddies that drop by during the week!!!!

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  • jtcBoyntonjtcBoynton Posts: 2,716
    YukonRon said:
    jtcBoynton said: uou
    YukonRon said:

    ....

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? Both these brands have passionate followers that seem to rival Yeti fans.  
    Got the equivalent RTIC to Yeti 65. The seal on the RTIC, split on the 4th trip out. Luckily I also had my Yeti 65 with us on the camping, summiting trip.

    Got home, gave the RTIC to a very grateful friend, who still uses it to hold beer. And a 2-3 day trip. Works great.

    Bought a 2nd Yeti to replace the RTIC. 

    Like I said, my experience may be different from everybody out there. However, I have 2 Yetis that work like they did when I bought them, and there have been zero issues.

    Zero issues, is what I paid for. If there were issues, I would be telling you. I am loyal to a point. When that point becomes an issue to the well being of my family when doing what we enjoy, then I will make a change.

    Just my observation on many weeks and weekends remote and relying on the equipment we need.
    I do not question the quality of the Yeti. Clearly it is better than some brands. My question is specific to ORCA and Pelican. Those brands also seem to get great reviews. I am just wondering in what ways the Yeti is superior to those two brands.
    Southeast Florida - LBGE
    In cooking, often we implement steps for which we have no explanations other than ‘that’s what everybody else does’ or ‘that’s what I have been told.’  Dare to think for yourself.
     
  • YukonRonYukonRon Posts: 15,900
    YukonRon said:
    jtcBoynton said: uou
    YukonRon said:

    ....

    The others did not meet that requirement for me. Not even close. Not under the extremes I put the Yeti against each time I use it.

    I have been there. That is why I own Yetis. 

    Others may call it status or brilliant marketing, for owning a Yeti, I call it years of experience.
    What is it that makes a Yeti so much better than an ORCA or a Pelican cooler? Both these brands have passionate followers that seem to rival Yeti fans.  
    Got the equivalent RTIC to Yeti 65. The seal on the RTIC, split on the 4th trip out. Luckily I also had my Yeti 65 with us on the camping, summiting trip.

    Got home, gave the RTIC to a very grateful friend, who still uses it to hold beer. And a 2-3 day trip. Works great.

    Bought a 2nd Yeti to replace the RTIC. 

    Like I said, my experience may be different from everybody out there. However, I have 2 Yetis that work like they did when I bought them, and there have been zero issues.

    Zero issues, is what I paid for. If there were issues, I would be telling you. I am loyal to a point. When that point becomes an issue to the well being of my family when doing what we enjoy, then I will make a change.

    Just my observation on many weeks and weekends remote and relying on the equipment we need.
    I do not question the quality of the Yeti. Clearly it is better than some brands. My question is specific to ORCA and Pelican. Those brands also seem to get great reviews. I am just wondering in what ways the Yeti is superior to those two brands.
    I am not the one that can answer that question. I have not owned either of the two, and, basically am unwilling to deviate from what I already have. I did that once and it did not work out to well.

    As mentioned previously, I pay big for dependability, and I have not had any reason to try anything else, after once getting burned by another similar brand.

    Good luck in finding what works for you.
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    XL and MM
    Louisville, Kentucky
  • ColtsFanColtsFan Posts: 4,499
    edited January 12
    My Pelican is built like a tank. Great seal, outstanding latches and hinges.

    I chalk it up as better than the roadie. Plus a smaller footprint 
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 21,753
    Paging @nolaegghead as I know he has Pelican coolers and may have Yeti(s) as well.  
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here; L&S BGE's, PBC, Lang 36; burnin wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
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