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Mar
3
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Yes, but that's irrelevant to what I'm saying. The rate of heat flowing into the cooler is determined solely by the temperature difference between the inside and the outside; water's higher thermal conductivity just means the temperature inside equalizes more quickly. Because water has a higher specific heat, it will take more heat energy to warm the water's temperature. Since the rate of heat flowing in is the same, the water's temperature, and therefore the fish's, will rise more slowly.
Mar
1
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
Heat only flows back into the fish if there is a temperature difference. With a fish in water at the same temperature, there is no heat flow back in from the water directly. The heat flows into the cooler (fish or fish+water) at a rate dependent on the temperature difference (inside vs. outside). The temperature change due to heat flow is dependent on how much there is to heat. Thus, the heat flowing into a cooler takes much longer to heat both the fish and water than just the fish.
Mar
1
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
The problem with this logic is that it takes less heat energy to re-warm a fish than the fish and several gallons of water. So if the heat is flowing in at the same rate with and without the water, keeping the water keeps the whole system cool longer.
Jun
4
comment How to grade a trek?
As Benedikt says, you need to be very careful with linking to your own content, and always make it clear that the site is yours. You are free to add your website to your profile, but please keep it out of questions and answers unless it is very directly relevant (and, as previously mentioned, you make it clear it's your site).
Apr
17
comment A list of suitable foods for a long hike
This post has acquired some accusations of being spam. In the future, you might want to be more careful about linking to particular products and locations to purchase them, especially along with such a glowing recommendation.
Sep
4
comment Lighting a fire using a flint and steel
I second dryer lint. Definitely easy to light with a flint and steel (and a good demonstration of why you should clean your drier!)
Jul
31
comment Technique for lead solo climbing with rope
We don't forbid questions about potentially dangerous activities like this. Answers should just emphasize how dangerous it is and probably discourage anyone who has to ask/read about it from trying.
Jul
9
comment How to fix a leak in a fibreglass kayak?
Duct tape fixes everything. Only kind of kidding, it would probably work for an emergency/short-term fix, but I wouldn't rely on it for too long.
Jun
22
comment Can groundwater still be consumed if after boiling the water turns brown with an oily substance floating on top?
I'm not sure what's causing that, but I wouldn't drink it.
Feb
14
comment Potability measure of water on Volcanic Mountains
If there's chemical contamination (probably sulfur), no amount of boiling will help. Distillation might, depending on what it's contaminated with.
Jul
12
comment Is it possible to develop immunity against mosquitos?
I don't know about "get used to," but I really don't get any reaction from mosquito bites. Maybe a bit of itching for a few minutes, nothing more. Possibly because I grew up in a highly mosquito-infested area, which would imply acclimatization is possible.
Jul
11
comment Commuting by canoe
Just make sure you have somewhere to safely store your kayak while you're working.
Feb
7
comment What kinds of stores sell multi-mode (adjustable-brightness) flashlights?
As BMike said, this really is a shopping question, even though it's somewhat more generalized than the average one. It could also be considered a list question, which is also discouraged across the SE network. Therefore, I'm going to close it now. If you disagree with this response, you can bring it up on The Great Outdoors Meta.
Feb
1
comment What is the main purpose of the foam inside a self-inflating mat?
I agree in particular with #3. If you prefer a softer mattress, the self-inflation from the foam can be enough by itself.
Jan
17
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad
@manoftheson I think that's different enough you should post it as an answer.
Dec
9
comment Canadian Law with respect to knifes
Legal questions are on topic (cc @JanHlavacek), just keep in mind that we are not lawyers (and those here that are are not your lawyer) and this is not legal advice. You are still ultimately responsible for following whatever local laws you are subject to, regardless of what is (or isn't) said here.
Dec
5
comment Which will keep my food colder longer, draining the melted ice water, or leaving it in the cooler?
@LBell water is great at thawing things (e.g. turkey) because of its high specific heat - the same reason it is good at keeping things cool. It doesn't matter which way the temperature difference goes, water is hard to heat or cool. Turkeys need to be thawed quickly and at a low temperature difference, and water is one of the only things that can do that.
Nov
12
comment Isn't Nor'easter supposed to move from the Northeast to Southwest?
The wind comes from the NE but the system itself can move N/NW
Oct
8
comment Does Moss only grow on the North side of trees?
Yes, that's right. For best results you'd probably want no more than a few trees without any standing water nearby. If moss grows distinctly on one side and not the other, that's likely the north side.
Oct
6
comment How can I locate the leak in a inflatable pad, while hiking
A river/lake and my answer to the other question? :-)