“What do you need to make a cooler?”
“I just thought I’d let you know that this is the most common question I get asked,” said Todd Jones, a retired NASA astronaut.
“A lot of times, I get told that the thermostat in my house is going to blow up.”
Jones and his wife, Linda, own three of these coolers.
They have the largest, which has a capacity of 2,300 cubic feet.
The smallest, 2,500 cubic feet, can be expanded with a hose.
Jones and Linda’s second-generation Coolest Cooler can hold about 300 gallons of liquid.
Their third-generation version, a 10-liter version, has a max capacity of 1,200 gallons.
They have the smaller cooler on the right, but don’t say it.
The couple is now designing a cooler with a larger capacity.
Their goal is to have an 8,000-gallon cooler in their home by 2020.
That would be enough to heat up a typical kitchen stove and a refrigerator.
Coolest Coolers are typically built with ducts to allow heat to flow from a reservoir under the cooler.
But with a growing number of people, particularly women, trying to keep cool indoors, ducts are becoming more common.
Coolers are also becoming more efficient at keeping cool, with the cooling capacity of a typical cooler shrinking by 20 percent per year.
“It used to be, you have to heat your house up with a fire or an electric heater,” Jones said.
“Now, it’s the other way around.”
The coolers are more compact, lighter, and cost less than the gas-powered models.
They’re also more efficient because of how much energy they use.
Jones is confident that the Coolest is the right fit for him and his family.
“We’ve had the most fun out here,” he said.