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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:39 AM   #1
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Default Beating the heat at Comps

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
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:43 AM   #2
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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.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:46 AM   #3
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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...

I know teams that have used AC units in a EZ-Up. It cools, just doesn't get very cool.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 11:50 AM   #4
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Smoke On Wheels set up a misting tent with fans in Great Bend last year. It was 20 degrees cooler under that tent.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:13 PM   #5
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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!
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:29 PM   #6
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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.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 12:50 PM   #7
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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

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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.
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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:43 PM   #9
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we use one of these

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
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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!
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Unread 07-20-2010, 01:54 PM   #11
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.

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Unread 07-20-2010, 03:01 PM   #15
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Dan looks like 97 this weekend, going to be a hot one in MD.....
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