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$70 DIY Yeti Style “Super Cooler” - Build And Test vs Normal Cooler


Better Than a Yeti Cooler? Insulate your cooler cheap!

Can we make out Coleman cooler better than a Yeti cooler? Yeti's are the latest trend on the trails and instagram, but you shouldn't have to take out a loan to buy a cooler.
Check out the video where we test it, plus more upgrades:
Want more upgrades? Here's foam tape to seal the lid:
More bear-proofness? Get these latches here:
Those latches aren't cool enough? Yeti cooler style latches:
Upgrade to metal hinges:
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Cut open a expensive cooler and what do you find? More foam, that's it. Check out the video on what's inside here:

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Learn how to make a bad ass Yeti style insulated cooler that actualy looks good. No janky bunjee cords. Looks as good as it cools! Materials are available at Home Depot and Dollar tree. Let me know if you guys want an in depth howto video!

Make your own YETI cooler for $70. YETI-FY your cooler(was 75qt now 55qt)

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EDIT (in the video I say this is a 45qt cooler, it is actualy a 75QT turn into about 55qt.)
In this video, I show you how to YETI-FY your current cooler. This Hack will let you keep ice for a few days more. I turned a 75qt cooler into an ice keeping 55qt beauty. Materials used: 4x8 sheet of 3/4 foam board. Aluminum Duct tape. SHARP knife. Patience. That is all you need. you can use poster board, newspaper cardboard to make your shapes. don't forget to leave a hole for water drainage.



Over a five day period this cooler performed great! Kept the small amount of ice I had from melting. If I were to test it again I would used more ice (smaller bottles) I'd love to test it out against a YETI but sadly I do not feel the need to spend that kind of money on a cooler. If anyone would like to donate one to me please feel free. Thanks for watching

#7 Small Plywood Insulated Cooler Box Build

Small insulated plywood cooler box that's more efficient than the cheap megamart styrofoam cooler box.

Basic Cooler DIY Upgrade

Basic Coleman Cooler DIY Upgrade Project

-Basic/cheap Coleman or other cooler with hollow lid
-Phillips screwdriver
-Disposable gloves
-Safety glasses
-LokTite Tite Foam (Gaps & Cracks used for this version)
-Olive/vegetable/mineral oil
-Paper/shop towels
-Water spray bottle
-Thin weather stripping for windows
-100% silicone caulk (ideally 'food-grade' or aquarium-grade)
-Reflectix insulation

COOLER PERFORMANCE. The Salt Ice vs Regular Ice Debate.

Showing how salt ice performs better than regular ice in my cooler.
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Q:What is your favorite brand of cast iron cookware? A: I prefer using vintage cast iron. My favorites are BSR and Griswold. If I had to buy new I would buy a Lodge Brand. I plan to purchase this dutch oven in the future:

Q: What do you use for refrigeration? A: We have a small gas refrigerator that we salvaged from an old Shasta camper and a custom icebox that I built into the cabin wall. We make ice on site with a propane freezer.
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Q: What do you use for cooking and heating? A: We use a Kitchen Queen 380 for cooking and heating during the winter months but we also have an antique gas stove in the cabin for when we don't need the heat from the KQ.

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DIY canoe cooler

Cooler build inspired by a similar one built by Maglight on the hoodlum forum. I built it for use on extended canoe trips out of containers that have proven there worth while paddling. I expect the results to be as good as a yeti without the price tag. Test video will be coming soon

Test video is at

5 Gallon bucket New $3.29
13 gallon barrel Used Free
Foam New $22.50 + S/H With leftovers
Gama Seal Lid New $8.00
Close cell sleeping pad New $6.00 (estimate) with left overs
Marine grade epoxy New $2.67

Total $42.46

All work can be done in less than a day

Five gallon bucked inserted in a larger 13 gallon barrel and filled with expanding polyurethane foam. Both containers have an independent air and water tight lid.


Gama seal lids

Budget LED Cooler Lights, Yeti or Rtic


a little easy hack to light up your yeti or Rtic at night, battery lasts well over 14 hours.

Supplies Below.

LED strip:

Battery Connector:

BEST Camping Cooler Mod

How to modify and pack your camping cooler for the BEST performance. With my simple cooler hack you can keep meat frozen for several days. The second interior compartment is great as a crisper box for fruits, vegetables and dairy while keeping them from getting all wet. If you have a smaller cooler, just install one small styrofoam box (with lid) for a small freezer. Measure the interior of your cooler and look for a styrofoam cooler that can fit inside. If need be, you can trim a styrofoam cooler to fit with a serrated knife. Please SUBSCRIBE to my channel for more future tips!

Cooler Experiment - Expanding Foam - Part 1

There are a number of videos on youtube describing additional insulation for a cooler using expanding foam. This video series show the before and after, and it will show the foam filling activity.

Part 2 is located here:

HACK THIS!! Anova sous vide franken cooler

Anova 900 watt Gen 2 wifi sous vide cooker:
Rubbermaid 34 quart cooler:
JB Weld PlasticWeld:

SAVES a TON of TIME and ENERGY... I modify a Rubbermaid Victory 34-quart (about 8.5 gallon) cooler for use with my Anova Sous Vide immersion cooker. I show you how to modify your own cooler step by step!

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Build your own super cool box! NEW ORIGINAL DESIGN - part 2

Ever longed for a Super insulated Cooler / Esky / Cool Box but could not afford the high price tag?

This experimental project combines 4 (100mm) thick foam walls with a thermoelectric Peltier cooler device to make what should be a highly efficient cooler for about £60 UK pounds or $100 US dollars.
Simple step-by-step instructions.

Part 4 to follow soon!

How to Make a Patio Cooler Ice Chest

Learn how to build a DIY Patio Cooler Cedar Ice Chest with DIYPETE. He'll show you all of the steps needed to build your own cedar ice chest.

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- Legs are 33 1/2 inches.
Downloadable Plans:

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*Tools Needed
Kreg Jig -
Power Drill -
Orbital Sander -
Table Saw -
Nail Gun -

*Supplies Needed
Wood Glue -
Box of 2 1/2 inch Kreg Screws -
Box of 1 1/4 inch nails -
4 inch Riser, 1/2 inch threaded Piping, 1/2 inch coupler, Red knob spigot/valve
2 1/2 inch or 2 inch locking caster wheels
52 Quart Igloo Contour Cooler (I found mine at Target for $29.00)
2 Hinges
3 Handles

Start making your cuts for the legs of your cedar ice chest. I’d recommend using a miter saw. Remove hardware from the cooler.

Assemble the legs. I used a Kreg Jig to drill 4 pocket holes in one board for each leg. Then connect using wood glue and 2 1/2 inch Kreg screws. Assemble the frame for the cooler out of 2×4 boards. Connect each 2×4 with 2 1/2 inch screws. You can make it as snug as you’d like. I left about a half inch of play on each side to make it easy to remove the cooler if needed. Use the cooler as a template or measure the cooler to determine how long to cut these boards.

Attach the 4 corners to the top frame. Use 2 1/2 inch wood screws and put about 4 for each corner. Drill a pilot hole before putting the screws in so the wood doesn’t split. Add the apron. Rip fence boards on a table saw and then glue and nail them to the top as shown in the photo. This will create about a half inch overhang on each side. I cut the apron to 3 1/2 inches wide.

Create the cooler support out of 2×4’s
Place the frame upside down on a flat surface and slide the cooler in place. Next, put the support at the base of the cooler and attach to the legs using screws and pocket holes. If you don’t have a kreg jig, you could pre-drill and then run screws in at an angle.

Add fence pickets around all sides to hide the cooler. I started by attaching a board in the middle of the sections and then moved to the left and right. Use as many full width fence boards as you can. Rip the outer boards on a table saw to get a perfect fit. I’d recommend spacing the boards roughly 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch from each other. Add trim horizontally on each side. Rip fence boards into 2 inch strips and then glue and nail the trim in place.

Place the cooler in the frame and then mark where the hole will go through the side of the wood surround. Then drill a small hole through the wood from the inside. Next, use a larger bit or hole saw from the outside to finish the full sized hole. This is where the piping will go through.

Determine the height and width of your cooler lid. Mine was a little less than 2 inches high and so I ripped a couple 2×4 boards to make them 2 inches tall. Then place the boards around the perimeter and cut to size. The lid should be snug with the wood. Attach the plastic cooler lid to the wood using 2 inch screws. Pre-drill and then put in the screw. Make sure the outer part of the lid is flush with the wood. The inner part will protrude from the wood because it is what will allow the cooler to stay in place when the lid goes down. The inner portion will seal the cooler.

Cut 4 fence boards down to size and rip them each to the same width on the table saw. Leave about an 1/8 of an inch between each. Use glue and an air nailer to keep them in place.
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Build your own super cool box! NEW ORIGINAL DESIGN - part 3

Ever longed for a Super insulated Cooler / Esky / Cool Box but could not afford the high price tag?

This experimental project combines 4 (100mm) thick foam walls with a thermoelectric Peltier cooler device to make what should be a highly efficient cooler for about £60 UK pounds or $100 US dollars.
Simple step-by-step instructions

DIY icebox cooler

Styrofoam Cooler Thrown From Rooftop - Highest Quality Styrofoam Coolers by LoBoy

(888) 243-1112 - We test LoBoy Styrofoam Cooler by throwing one off a building - once empty and once filled with ice. LoBoy's 'full fusion' manufacturing process makes sure that our thick-wall Styrofoam Coolers, Styrofoam Insulated Shippers, Insulated Styrofoam Shipping Containers, and Styrofoam Ice Chests are much stronger and much more reliable than ordinary foam coolers. Learn more at our website - Interested in wholesale coolers and shipping boxes? Call and connect with our Client Solutions Team.

Electric Ice Chest Cooler Conversion

An old cooler gets new life and is now electric.

The compressor and all other items add around 10lbs of weight to the cooler. Running it uses around 80-100watts. This was meant to be like an Engel electric cooler that cost around $800.

This could run off at least a 1000watt inverter. It needs around 800 watts starting power but quickly drops off to under 100watts of running(80).

Cooler Experiment - Expanding Foam - Part 2

There are a number of videos on youtube describing additional insulation for a cooler using expanding foam. This video series show the before and after, and it will show the foam filling activity.

Part 1 is located here:

DIY | How to build a Cedar Ice Chest for your patio or deck | Repurposed Cedar Fence

In this project I used reclaimed 5/8 thick x 6 Wide x 8' long cedar fence boards. I ran the boards through the planer to make the edges smooth and bring the life back to the cedar. I didn't list a lot of measurements due to the fact of when you build a cooler box, the size really lies on how big your cooler is. I just built the cooler box around my old cooler. I used mostly glue and brad nails so you wouldn't see all of the screws. Plus the brads almost vanish into the dark cedar that I used.

All in all the cooler box is a lot stronger than I had anticipated and is holding up well....oh, did I mention that it looks great too!!

Thanks for watching!



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