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Freezer to frig conversion..(?)

Virgil Palmer


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Southern Missouri
I have seen these before, but do not use one daily..

http://www.builditsolar.com/Projects/Conservation/chest_fridge.pdf

I was wondering if anyone here has been using this type of frig and what they think about it's daily use/convenience...?

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Alan Whitaker


Joined: Mar 17, 2010
Posts: 29
Location: Missouri Ozarks
I have a similar setup. Nothing digital though. I like it except when it gets humid here, we get a lot of water condensing on the walls and puddling on the bottom. Good thing there is a drain. If you are used to the dryness of modern refrigerators this may take some getting used to. And ours uses so little AC that it is ridicules. I don't remember the numbers on ours from this last summer, but it was impressive. And we have ours sitting in a dark blue cargo trailer here in NE TX. We had highs last summer of 113 F. And it used little electricity and never had trouble.
Virgil Palmer


Joined: Feb 14, 2012
Posts: 5
Location: Southern Missouri
Alan,

If you had the frig. in a more controlled environment, like your kitchen or utility room, maybe the condensation would be much less...(?)

When I find my home I think I might try it, to keep the electricity bill low.

VP
Alan Whitaker


Joined: Mar 17, 2010
Posts: 29
Location: Missouri Ozarks
I suppose if my house were climate controlled. But then I wouldn't be reducing my electric usage then. But yes, I would think if you took the humidity out with A/C you could fix that!
Cj Verde


Joined: Oct 18, 2011
Posts: 2747
Location: Vermont, off grid for 22 years!
    
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Virgil Palmer wrote:
I was wondering if anyone here has been using this type of frig and what they think about it's daily use/convenience...



I didn't click on the link but if it's the one where you make a frig out of a chest freezer using a beer cooler thermostat that turns the freezer off and on, yes I did that.

I have to say, it was kind of a drag. It's just much harder to find things/organize a chest freezer than a regular frig. I haven't done the math on this but it seemed better to have a small chest freezer to freeze blocks of ice and then stick the ice in the fridge section of my 12V sunfrost which doesn't ever seem to get cooler than a not so safe 50. Not sure what the problem is but it's at least 15 years old (but it never did a great job of keeping things cold). The (incredibly) small freezer does work fine.

ATM, I have a cooler in my mud room which I'm using instead of a fridge.


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