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  • Freeze branding cooler

    I built a cooler out of 16 gauge steel for a angus ranch in southwest KS. They freeze brand (dry ice and 90% alcohol) roughly 5000 head of cattle a year and needed a cooler that was functional and durable to hold 30 plus branding irons and withstand the extremely cold temperature.

    The inside measures 16" wide x 16" deep x 38" long. The outside is 18.5" wide x 18.5" tall x 40.5" long (1.5" thick wall and lid). It will be spray foamed using slow rise foam (R value of 7 for 1" thickness) and a rubber gasket will line the top of the cooler where the door closes. The cooler weighs roughly 80-90 lbs.

    There is a cart it sits on to help maneuver it around the barn. Everything will be painted light stone upon completion.

    I built this for a buddy so only charging him for materials (no time). Just wondering what someone would pay for this exact setup to use for camping, tailgating, etc.?

  • #2
    A picture would be nice

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    • #3
      Trying to get some pictures uploaded, but having trouble doing it with the iPad. May not be able to post pics tonight.
      Last edited by 4Mfarms; 02-13-2013, 08:38 PM.

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      • #4
        Interested to see some pictures. We always used liquid nitrogen. It is sweet how the hair grows back white. Very easy to see from a mile off with a good set of binoculars!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by 4Mfarms View Post

          I built this for a buddy so only charging him for materials (no time). ?
          Since you built this for a Buddy, and didn't charge for your time, he should at least OFFER you a few prime cut steaks for your effort after they take one to slaughter.

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            All I get are 5 invalid attachments. No pix yet.

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              • #8
                That looks like it should work nicely! Good work!

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                • #9
                  What's to keep the lid lifts from freezing up? It seems like there should be a hole in the lid somewhere for the branding handles to stick out. Otherwise who ever grabs the frozen handle will freeze brand their hand.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Bistineau View Post
                    What's to keep the lid lifts from freezing up? It seems like there should be a hole in the lid somewhere for the branding handles to stick out. Otherwise who ever grabs the frozen handle will freeze brand their hand.
                    Thats a great point, we used two different size buckets. We would put oats between the buckets for insulation. The handles would stick out of the bucket, and we put a blanket over the top to hold the cold in. We also used liquid nitrogen.

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                    • #11
                      There is only about 4" of dry ice/alcohol solution on the bottom. Just enough to cover the irons. Dry ice doesn't evaporate near as fast as liquid nitrogen when mixed with pure alcohol. This ranch will brand 300+ head when they brand. They leave the lid open while branding due to the slow evaporation. The irons they use are only 15" in total height.

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                      • #12
                        That looks like a $ 800.00 labor and 125 material.

                        It looks really nice.

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