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The eCool cranks out earth-cooled beer one can at a time
The eCool lets you enjoy a cool beer at any time without ever having to leave your own garden
Spending a day lounging in a warm garden is absolute bliss. Until you have to rise from your seat to fetch a cold drink from the fridge. The eCool eliminates that inconvenience, providing a cool repository for your favorite tipple.
The eCool uses the centuries-old method of storing food and drink underground to stop it spoiling, but brings the concept right up to date. This is an earth cooler, which uses nothing but the natural lower temperature of the ground to cool your cans of drink.
The eCool stands 113 cm (44 in) tall and weighs 12 kg (26 lb). Most of its body lives permanently underground, where it stores up to 24 standard-size cans (330 ml in Europe, 12 oz in the US).
Installing the eCool is as easy as digging a deep hole, lowering the cooler into it, and then packing soil around its sides. A garden drill would seem the most obvious tool to use, but a shovel will suffice. Once installed, the eCool will remain in situ all year round.
The eCool uses no electricity whatsoever, with a hand crank used to move the cans down one side of its central shaft and up the other side. You lift the top of the eCool to either load or remove a can. While underground the loaded cans will stay free from frost and other extreme temperatures.
The creators of eCool claim the temperature of the beer will be pretty consistent wherever it sits inside the cooler. But how cool that actually is depends on the temperature of the ground in which it's buried, which will differ from country to country and from season to season.
The eCool is currently priced at US$349.
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Sounded great, right up until "$350."
For people that like their beer cool not cold. I can do that for a lot cheaper.
I agree with Jon A - A little high.
I have just quickly designed my own version ... Sink a suitably sized 12V cooler into the ground, run a carefully perforated plumbing pipe past - with waterproof sealant - the outlet grill on the fan cooled end (warm air rises, so airflow is maintained) and add one of those hobby shop solar panels for power!
Made over 1 weekend, buried the next, free cold beers for ages!
Coolers can be found at garage sales or whatever, pipe is cheap, only the solar panel might have to be sourced from new.
this will completely revolutionize the way people are disappointed by lukewarm beer.
this product is utterly worthless.
It looks like it would be a good idea for any canned beverage and not just beer.
Nice idea but...
Needs to go much deeper.
Needs to allow reverse flow so you can lift the next drink up from well under ground and then lower the drinks again. You don't want the next one from just below the surface.
Needs to be slightly bigger to hold bigger cans and water bottles. It could then used at emergency stations in hot, dessert areas!
I can not think of another beverage I like that warm.
I think just lowering them down in an old time well bucket would do a better job of cooling any beverage.
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