i was about to get the Preservation box as a feat, but then saw that i need to get Black Ice to make it (only 2 mind you) but i have to go quite north for that and am still trying to find my first blacksmith and smelter in the southern areas (can find the cook, but not any blacksmiths or smelters)
if the Preservation Box adds a lot of time to the food before it expires, i dont mind if it needs ice to improve the preservation further, but if any box shouldnt count down, i would say its the “improved” one, since it is “improved”
but i also wouldnt want to have to trek to ice areas every day, since you can make a clay and sand fridge just using sand and water in a pot but a slow fuel rate might be ok.
(i have my base near the start of the game, with the shalebacks and crocs lol, maybe most people start their base soon as they find water but thats where i am so far)
(actually when i realise that a lot of dried meats and dried fish has about 15h of game time on it, maybe that will give me enough time to get stronger and move north some more, but until i can find some kind of Metal Worker, im just burning through my iron