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Dan - 3eyzbbq
07-20-2010, 11:39 AM
For everybody that doesn't have an RV, any creative ways to cool down?

Can an A/C unit cool an EZ-UP at all?

Misters just don't work in 70+ dewpoints out east

deguerre
07-20-2010, 11:43 AM
Sharper Image used to carry an item that you wore around your neck which would blow air to your head (and torso I think) with air about 30 degrees below ambient. Ran off of batteries and you just filled it with water. I don't know if it exists anymore but maybe a google search could find it.

Scottie
07-20-2010, 11:46 AM
My neighbors had a misting system at the DC contest. I was actually amazed by how much it cooled the air. OK, I also was caught sitting in their area, but I wasn't shigging... :hand:

I know teams that have used AC units in a EZ-Up. It cools, just doesn't get very cool.

The Pickled Pig
07-20-2010, 11:50 AM
Smoke On Wheels set up a misting tent with fans in Great Bend last year. It was 20 degrees cooler under that tent.

Alexa RnQ
07-20-2010, 12:13 PM
Misters have their limitations -- if there's anything I hate worse than being hot, it's being hot and damp. And it's one more piece of gear to carry, set up and tear down week after week.

So far we've been relying on primitive means like gel neck wraps, and I'll spend free moments with my feet in a disposable half-pan of ice and water, but I will be watching the thread to see what other people are using!

This Is How We Que It
07-20-2010, 12:29 PM
Nothing creative, just lots of water, zip-locks filled ice, keeping alchohol to a minimum (sometimes hard to do) shade, box fans, and packing up non-essentials early in the morning vs after last turn-in when its a lot hotter.

Smoke & Beers
07-20-2010, 12:50 PM
My teammate brought along one of these to Hays last weekend...it was a life saver! Saturday afternoon when we were loading up my Red Thermapen said it was 110 in the shade http://66.162.125.226/forum/images/smilies/FIREdevil.gif

http://www.heatersplus.com/images/pm-18.3.jpg

ZILLA
07-20-2010, 12:50 PM
Look for a used swamp cooler. Build a Cooler based AC, there was a thread about this last week. Get off the asphalt and on the grass get some shade and fans.

I think I just cooked my last cookoff until September for the heat.

Willie's BBQ
07-20-2010, 01:43 PM
we use one of these

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1vZ1xg4/R-202070481/h_d2/ProductDisplay?langId=-1&storeId=10051&catalogId=10053

Stoke&Smoke
07-20-2010, 01:49 PM
Got pretty toasty at Lowell a couple of weeks ago, we went low-tech. cold water on your head, a cool, wet towell around my neck, and we always keep powdered Gatorade on hand. Cheaper than the prebottled stuff, and works/tastes the same!

Rick Hamilton
07-20-2010, 01:54 PM
Dan, I just got a portable AC unit for the back of the trailer. It didn't make it cool back there but to point it at me during turn-ins was a huge help. Just the cold air felt good even if the room wasn't cool.

Joe and Voncile have some cooling thing also they bring with them. Feels real good to sit in front of. Maybe reach out to them to see what it is.

heinz57
07-20-2010, 02:03 PM
We cooked a contest last summer and it was 104. We were on the asphalt which felt a whole lot worse! But amazingly enough, once they started passing out the trophies and the checks, the temp started to drop and it became a whole lot more comfortable. So the moral of the story is; as long as your winning, the high heat is a lot more barable. Unfourtunatly for me, it's been a hot summer this year. If you know what I mean.

NelsonC
07-20-2010, 02:34 PM
I feel your pain, Dan. I have A/C in my trailer, but can't use it from Friday evening through turnin's on Saturday. It gets pretty toasty in the trailer during that time. In DC I came up with a way that didn't make me actually cooler, but helped me deal with the heat a lot better. I started wearing one of those under-armor-type moisture wicking shirts underneath my normal team t-shirt. It seemed no matter how much I sweat, I still never felt like I was drenched which went a long way in making me feel more comfortable in the heat.

vexter1
07-20-2010, 02:52 PM
We have A/C in the toy hauler - a 13,500 BTU unit - but in this heat/humidity - it was struggling. We do have a misting system we use when the weather/area (not dirt) allows for it - that combined with a large fan makes it a bit more bearable outdoors.

Mist system - http://www.pro-products.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=62&Itemid=62

Great customer service and the unit worked very well the few times we've used it.

Goddahavit
07-20-2010, 03:01 PM
Dan looks like 97 this weekend, going to be a hot one in MD.....

vexter1
07-20-2010, 03:05 PM
Sharper Image used to carry an item that you wore around your neck which would blow air to your head (and torso I think) with air about 30 degrees below ambient. Ran off of batteries and you just filled it with water. I don't know if it exists anymore but maybe a google search could find it.


Here it is I think - http://www.sharperimage.com/Toys+Leisure/CoolWare+Personal+Cooling+System+with+motorized+fa n.axd?utm_source=Google%20Base&utm_medium=CSE&PROMO=CSE2010&CAWELAID=513992670

Jorge
07-20-2010, 03:14 PM
Smoke On Wheels set up a misting tent with fans in Great Bend last year. It was 20 degrees cooler under that tent.

I was with Andy and Kim, and they had it covered. As I recall it was a little on the humid side as well, besides just being hot.

We hooked the mister up to the hose and ran it around the perimeter of the canopy as far as it would go, and also had a fan blowing into the area with one or two nozzles zip-tied to it. It had a steady stream of visitors, in the 100+ heat both days. I think Chris and Jana Early provided the wading pool in the center. More than once I thought about buying a bag of ice for it, and taking a nap.

On pavement the runoff may have been a problem but it was on grass.

That was the EZ-Up that could.:laugh: It didn't survive the storm the first night, but it toughed it out with a little help from some duct tape:laugh::becky:

Jorge
07-20-2010, 03:20 PM
Misters have their limitations -- if there's anything I hate worse than being hot, it's being hot and damp. And it's one more piece of gear to carry, set up and tear down week after week.


If it's that hot, I'm going to be damp from sweating anyway. A few minutes of relief is worth it to me:becky:

BBQchef33
07-20-2010, 05:24 PM
Bruce cains team uses a protable Air conditioner in a 10x20 tent. The wall off one half of the tent for a seating area and it does make it cooler and more comfortable.. Not gonna give anyone the cold weather look, but its still cooler inside the tent.

We had the AC running this weekend in troy. It made me regret not getting the trailer insulated when i bought it. It was much cooler and more comfortable inside the trailer, even though the temps were in the high 70s inside but the AC was really running hard to cool things down.

Alexa RnQ
07-20-2010, 05:34 PM
If it's that hot, I'm going to be damp from sweating anyway. A few minutes of relief is worth it to me:becky:
You don't have hairtyle issues. :tongue:

Crash
07-20-2010, 05:40 PM
We use a portable misting system and a swamp cooler. It worked perfectly for us last weekend in Prescott, although the mister system did go through a lot of water. Still, well worth it to us.

Butt-A-Bing!
07-20-2010, 06:41 PM
Hey Dan, you are welcome to come over and cool down at our site this weekend. I don't think I would wan't to do these mid summer comps without A/C. The older I get the harder it is for me to deal with the
heat.

Chris

Jeff S.
07-20-2010, 06:43 PM
Sharper Image used to carry an item that you wore around your neck which would blow air to your head (and torso I think) with air about 30 degrees below ambient. Ran off of batteries and you just filled it with water. I don't know if it exists anymore but maybe a google search could find it.

I actually had one of these, cooled me down but gave me the worst ice cream headache ever.

Jorge
07-20-2010, 06:45 PM
You don't have hairtyle issues. :tongue:

So you are saying that Vince is vain?:-P

Alexa RnQ
07-20-2010, 06:52 PM
No, the Goomba Bouffant is ironclad. *I'm* the one that can't concentrate when my hair goes flat. http://www.divaherself.com/funny/blank.gif

swamprb
07-20-2010, 09:07 PM
I use the gel neck wrap at work and I'd rather look goofy and be cool.

I saw a team that had misters around their canopy and they were using a garden pump sprayer for the water supply and pressure, anyone seen a setup similar?

I found this site http://ezmister.com/index.php?page=shop.browse&category_id=3&option=com_virtuemart&Itemid=53 which would be fine if you had water at your site, otherwise a portable 12V pump and supply tank would be needed.

Rub
07-20-2010, 10:25 PM
I put a sprinkler up on my old tin roof trailer and let the water trickle over it. Worked better than nothing.

KC_Bobby
07-20-2010, 11:47 PM
breathable clothing and Anti Monkey Butt

Those heavy cargo shorts get heavier as they get sweaty. When I find a pair of thin shorts I like, I get em.

Muzzlebrake
07-21-2010, 12:45 AM
breathable clothing and Anti Monkey Butt

Those heavy cargo shorts get heavier as they get sweaty. When I find a pair of thin shorts I like, I get em.

Under Armor works! any of the newer high tech moisture wicking materials are much more comfortable than heavy old cotton.

a very wise BBQ man recently told me the secret ingredient of competitions was Gold Bond :becky:

TN_BBQ
07-21-2010, 07:57 AM
Anybody every used those emergency/reflective blankets to reflect heat? I've heard some chatter about these on some of the RV forums.

Big Ugly's BBQ
07-21-2010, 09:05 AM
Under Armor works! any of the newer high tech moisture wicking materials are much more comfortable than heavy old cotton.

a very wise BBQ man recently told me the secret ingredient of competitions was Gold Bond :becky:

Love me a Gold Bond moment! Gotta find some "alternative engineering" to come up with a way to cool off. Dan is no fun when he's cranky!

Scottie
07-21-2010, 09:41 AM
When I find a pair of thin shorts I like, I get em.



why am I envisioning you in bicycle shorts?

KC_Bobby
07-21-2010, 09:52 AM
:tsk: I said thin - as in lightweight and breathable, not tight.

The Virginian
07-21-2010, 09:55 AM
Hey Dan. This past weekend on Saturday I kept a bucket of ice water out, dipped a towel in it, wrung it out, and placed around my neck and down my front shoulders. Repeat as needed. It helped keep my core temperature down. That took care of the outside. Gatorade and water took care of the inside.

On Friday, whenever I got overheated I stepped into the care and cranked the AC for about 10 minutes, pretty much what you were doing when I came by. Not the best strategy saturday during turnin time, it takes too much time away.

Brett

Alexa RnQ
07-21-2010, 10:33 AM
:tsk: not tight.
You say that like it's a bad thing.

bdodd444
07-21-2010, 11:13 AM
Love me a Gold Bond moment! Gotta find some "alternative engineering" to come up with a way to cool off. Dan is no fun when he's cranky!

Chris-You're just sore because he swiped the fan in the middle of the night!:-D

Southern Home Boy
07-21-2010, 11:27 AM
Here's an option for folks who don't want to drop $400 or $500 on an air conditioner:
http://www.coolshirt.net/pc-vest.html

If you DO have $400 or $500 to spend, they also have a personal cooling system that circulates cool water through flexible tubes that are attached to a tech-fabric shirt.

VA BBQ PIRATES
07-21-2010, 11:59 AM
Hey Dan I hate to state the obvious but... Get a wrestle singlet and have Tracy sew tubing through out at about 1/2 inch intervals. Put this on under your clothing. Attach one end of the tubing to a battery powered pump then some tubing from the pump to the intake of an evaporator coil from an old refrigerator. Fill the tubing with antifreeze and attach the other end to out side of the coil creating a closed system. Put the coil in a backpack and fill with ice. Turn on the pump and there ya go!

Tom

Smokin' Gnome BBQ
07-21-2010, 03:48 PM
Hey Dan I hate to state the obvious but... Get a wrestle singlet and have Tracy sew tubing through out at about 1/2 inch intervals. Put this on under your clothing. Attach one end of the tubing to a battery powered pump then some tubing from the pump to the intake of an evaporator coil from an old refrigerator. Fill the tubing with antifreeze and attach the other end to out side of the coil creating a closed system. Put the coil in a backpack and fill with ice. Turn on the pump and there ya go!

Tom

now thats thinking with your dipstick Jimmy!:becky:

widespread
07-21-2010, 05:17 PM
Dan, do you have walls for your ez-up? I'll bring the portable a/c unit we use in the little trailer. Always wanted to see if it would work in a tent.

TN_BBQ
07-21-2010, 08:01 PM
Dan, do you have walls for your ez-up? I'll bring the portable a/c unit we use in the little trailer. Always wanted to see if it would work in a tent.

It will work. Won't be incredibly effecient, but sometime a little drop in temp is all that's needed.

crd26a
07-21-2010, 08:02 PM
why am I envisioning you in bicycle shorts?

Scottie has issues if he's picturing Bobby boy in biker shorts :sick::crazy:

SmokeInDaEye
07-21-2010, 08:12 PM
A little Gold Bond and I'm good to go in sweltering heat.

Jeff_in_KC
07-21-2010, 11:32 PM
Anybody every used those emergency/reflective blankets to reflect heat? I've heard some chatter about these on some of the RV forums.

I was just thinking about picking up a couple of those from Bass Pro Shop tomorrow on the way home before we head out. Figured I'd put them over the roof of our van to reflect heat so the 12,000 BTU portable A/C unit won't have to work so hard.

We have walled off an EZ Up and put the A/C in it but it doesn't keep up in the heat of the day without shade. Put that sucker in the van at night though and it's a meat locker in there!

JD McGee
07-22-2010, 12:15 AM
Shower to shower each day helps keep aroma away...:becky:...and the stickies...:cool: I stock up on lots of bottled water and ice...feels great to douse the ol noggin' with a cold one...:thumb:...then douse the inside with a few cold ones as well...:-P

Greg60525
07-22-2010, 12:18 AM
For those on black top you can get carpeting or what may be a bit more portable are those commercial 2'x2' carpet tiles that you see in office buildings.

Big Ugly's BBQ
07-22-2010, 06:39 AM
Dan, do you have walls for your ez-up? I'll bring the portable a/c unit we use in the little trailer. Always wanted to see if it would work in a tent.

Jon, I have all the sides in the trailer.

Balls Casten
07-23-2010, 05:02 PM
http://www.veskimo.com/servlet/the-10/personal-body-cooling-system/Detail
I have one for my bike and it is a life saver. I dont know if I would pay that for a couple days at a bbq. But it is worth every penny on a 400 mile ride home.

We will take a small cooler filled with ice and water. Then drop in several neck towels. Then just keep rotateing them to keep a cool towl on your neck.



Hey Dan I hate to state the obvious but... Get a wrestle singlet and have Tracy sew tubing through out at about 1/2 inch intervals. Put this on under your clothing. Attach one end of the tubing to a battery powered pump then some tubing from the pump to the intake of an evaporator coil from an old refrigerator. Fill the tubing with antifreeze and attach the other end to out side of the coil creating a closed system. Put the coil in a backpack and fill with ice. Turn on the pump and there ya go!

Tom

TN_BBQ
07-23-2010, 07:55 PM
When camping, I like to put my feet in a bucket of water.

Shade
Fan
Wet towel
Bucket for the feet

They all help.

Lake Dogs
07-24-2010, 07:15 AM
Wow, a few brethren are at a GBA contest in Macon, GA today. It's on black top, and
without that the heat index is supposed to be close to 115 <that's not a typo> today.

They'll be cookin' more than just pork butts............

I hope they'll take some of these recommendations!

vexter1
07-25-2010, 11:38 AM
One thing I did over the weekend that kind of helped too was to take a cotton bar towel - soaked it in the melted ice water in the cooler - over head, under hat, draped over back of neck - helped a lot! Reminded me of my old days working in a kitchen! LOL!

Dan - 3eyzbbq
07-25-2010, 03:28 PM
Take a look at evaporative cooling vests. Worked awesome. Thanks to Big Ugly for bringing it to Easton!

Dan - 3eyzbbq
07-25-2010, 03:29 PM
And Jon - thanks to you too. The A/C unit didn't cut it in an EZ-UP though.

RobKC
07-25-2010, 03:42 PM
A little Gold Bond and I'm good to go in sweltering heat.

Don't use too much Gold Bond or you'll end up with some sort of gravy in your shorts. :shocked:

Goddahavit
07-25-2010, 09:09 PM
Dan it was so hot, 112 under our ez up.. not surprised that ac didn't work..

MikeR
07-26-2010, 07:08 AM
Don't use too much Gold Bond or you'll end up with some sort of gravy in your shorts. :shocked:
Are you speaking from experience? :heh:

Big Ugly's BBQ
07-26-2010, 01:34 PM
Here is the link to the vest I had at Easton. I will have a bunch of them for sale at Bel Air. :lol:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002BDU3R4/ref=oss_product

RobKC
07-26-2010, 01:37 PM
Are you speaking from experience? :heh:

Absolutely :redface:

gmusick
07-26-2010, 09:40 PM
Wow, a few brethren are at a GBA contest in Macon, GA today. It's on black top, and
without that the heat index is supposed to be close to 115 <that's not a typo> today.

They'll be cookin' more than just pork butts............

I hope they'll take some of these recommendations!


Yeah, we were there cooking, as well. Easily 105 degrees in the shade and more than 110 in the sun. I've bought a couple of misters and looking for some of those gel neck wraps, but can't find those so far.