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Old 05-30-2014, 01:03 PM   #1
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For those of you that operate from trailers like me, what do you use to hold a hog on ice until you are ready to prep it? I've tried using a watering trough from Tractor Supply then cover the hog in ice but with no insulation and all the extra room it takes a tom of ice to cover a hog and it melts pretty fast.
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:07 PM   #2
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For those of you that operate from trailers like me, what do you use to hold a hog on ice until you are ready to prep it? I've tried using a watering trough from Tractor Supply then cover the hog in ice but with no insulation and all the extra room it takes a tom of ice to cover a hog and it melts pretty fast.
I'm guessing the hog is too big for a marine cooler?
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Old 05-30-2014, 01:55 PM   #3
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coleman optimax 200 qt cooler, has fit the 100-125 lbers i use.
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Old 05-30-2014, 02:10 PM   #4
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For those of you that operate from trailers like me, what do you use to hold a hog on ice until you are ready to prep it? I've tried using a watering trough from Tractor Supply then cover the hog in ice but with no insulation and all the extra room it takes a tom of ice to cover a hog and it melts pretty fast.
that is what we use down her in the heat of South Carolina...just keep the hog covered in plastic and keep the ice in the bags..takes about 10-12 bags of ice depending on the temp. and keep it in the shade as much as possible
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Old 05-30-2014, 02:25 PM   #5
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May not work in a professional situation and may be too small, but I use the biggest plastic tote I could find at Home Depot. It holds a 70# pig, but that's probably about as much as will fit in there.
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Old 05-30-2014, 04:01 PM   #6
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Yea I'm looking for something I can get 150-160lb hogs into. I think it would have to be 300-350qt cooler before you could get it in with ice.
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I know this won't help but I've seen teams use body bags (medical examiner cadaver bags). They are fully zippered, waterproof and have a bunch of handles. Granger supply sells them in different sizes.
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I have used plastic kiddie pools in the past. That doesnt help with ice consumption much but it works.
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Old 05-31-2014, 07:04 AM   #9
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I use one of these:

http://www.behlencountry.com/index.a...ogProduct&i=17

It is double wall poly with about 1-1/2" air gap so it holds ice much better than a single wall plastic feed/water tub. I made a plywood top with a couple inches of rigid insulation that is held down with rachet strap tiedowns. With the hog and packed with ice I can easily hold a defrosted hog for 48 hours without reloading ice.

When not in use as a hog cooler, I actually use it as a feed bunk for my calves, go figure.

EDIT: I've easily fit a 125# dressed hog (that is as big as my RF will handle) with lots of room to spare, thinking it would hold a 150#-160# easily. I also put a freezer thermometer with a 4" probe thru the top to let me check hold temps.
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Can you get you hands on some dry ice?
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A large Tuna bag would work. They are used on boats to hold big tuna.
Gonna run you $150 or so. They have a zipper, handles in the middle and both ends and are insulated well.
http://www.canyonproducts.com/insulatedfishbags.html

B15 B18 or B20. They also have a drain.
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