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« on: July 07, 2017, 03:29:15 PM »
Has anyone tried to make/use one with any success?  I'm talking about the cheap cooler full of ice with a fan bolted to the top to circulate air over the ice then blow out.  You Tube makes it look like they work, looking for realworld use advice?
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Re: DIY Tent Coolers
« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2017, 06:22:44 PM »
Swamp coolers don't work in humid environments. It literally just adds more humidity to the air, making it feel even hotter.


They only work when the air is dry. It pulls in hot dry air, adds cool water droplets, and spits out the same hot air with cool water vapor. When the air is already humid, the little bit of moisture that the cooler puts out is no match for the already heated moisture in the air. At that point you're spitting in the wind.


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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2017, 08:55:54 PM »
This is different from a swamp cooler, I've had swamp coolers in the past.  This is more what I'm thinking of. 

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« Reply #3 on: July 07, 2017, 09:49:41 PM »
Im definitely not an expert on thermodynamics, but Outside of sticking your face in that pipe, i don't forsee that being very effective. coolers are only about $20 at walmart right now, so it might be worth a shot. im definitely bringing a fan or 2

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« Reply #4 on: July 08, 2017, 06:25:54 PM »
I plan to plant my butt in the creek to stay cool.


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« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2017, 01:06:17 AM »
Use dry ice instead of regular ice.  Less moisture.


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Re: DIY Tent Coolers
« Reply #6 on: July 09, 2017, 02:43:44 PM »
Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. As it evaporates it becomes a gas and is beaver than air so accumulates closer to the ground. It would be likely that it would build up in the tent and lead to carbon dioxide poisoning.


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« Reply #7 on: July 09, 2017, 10:15:34 PM »
That might explain the Panda.....

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« Reply #8 on: July 10, 2017, 12:12:58 AM »
The Panda was made to be indestructible


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« Reply #9 on: July 10, 2017, 12:15:36 AM »
Dry ice is solid carbon dioxide. As it evaporates it becomes a gas and is beaver than air so accumulates closer to the ground. It would be likely that it would build up in the tent and lead to carbon dioxide poisoning.


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Umm...what does it become as it evaporates again Patrick??


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Re: DIY Tent Coolers
« Reply #10 on: July 10, 2017, 11:45:58 AM »
I would just stick with a battery and portable fans. Moving air would work wonders in a tent.


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« Reply #11 on: July 10, 2017, 12:54:37 PM »
It definitely does... a box fan in a tent is like sleeping in a wind tunnel. That's the only way I survived Morris


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« Reply #12 on: July 10, 2017, 02:34:52 PM »
It definitely does... a box fan in a tent is like sleeping in a wind tunnel. That's the only way I survived Morris


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Same here, it was just so humid that our sheets and pillows were damp.
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« Reply #13 on: July 10, 2017, 08:08:57 PM »
It definitely does... a box fan in a tent is like sleeping in a wind tunnel. That's the only way I survived Morris


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Same here, it was just so humid that our sheets and pillows were damp.
I never have this issue with a hammock.


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« Reply #14 on: July 10, 2017, 08:21:54 PM »
May be a hammock weekend then!

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