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Old 09-01-2009, 05:04 PM   #31
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Sorry... and my AC unit doesn't freeze up. I keep my cooler at about 37-38 degrees.

you need to wrap the ever-lovin' crap out of the thing with a heavy vapor barrier and make sure it is as air tight as possible and then I have the compressor hooked into a temp controller and the fan on the unit runs 24/7. If I ever get any frost on the coils inside the walk-in, as soon as the compressor clicks off, the fan defrosts the coils almost instantly. there are easier ways to fix the problem but that's how I did it.

It's been running for about two years now.

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Old 09-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #32
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MAN... I should read ALL of the posts before I respond.

Yeah... my cousin has beena commercial AC/HVAC guy for about 20 years and told me there was no way it would work too.

Like I said... mine's been at about 38 degrees for two years now. Every time he comes to my house I ask him if he wants to reconsider his theory.


Terrible pic but here it is....

Mine is in a back storage area so I wasn't concerned with making it pretty...

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Old 09-01-2009, 05:06 PM   #33
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I know a guy who uses a 20' one of these: Refrigerated Containers – Refrigerated Storage Containers | azteccontainer.com for an embryo transfer lab, and I thought it would be great for a walk in cooler. Apparently it holds temps like a champ even in deep south texas, and he got his pretty cheap since it was used, there was some rust, and the actual refrigeration unit was removed. Instead he used a 8000btu A/C unit which would only run about once a day even in the summer.

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Old 09-01-2009, 05:35 PM   #34
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holy crap... I didn't realize this was a 2006 thread... how did this get dug up??

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Old 10-29-2009, 03:10 AM   #35
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i'm not sure how this thread got resurrected but if anyone is interested, there is a product called 'coolbot' that addresses some of the concerns listed previously. i havent used it but the theory seems sound.

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Old 02-23-2010, 06:54 PM   #36
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I have one that is in progress:
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Old 11-04-2010, 11:43 PM   #37
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I also built one and has been running for over 2 yrs
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Old 11-05-2010, 02:48 PM   #38
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Hey thehost, thanks for posting... I forgot to update with the finished product on mine. It has been running for about 6 months now... I had a problem that everytime I tried to show it off using photos, people just didn't get it, so here it is: (yes, that is me talking... I am a dork, I know. Also, it is slightly different now as I have more shelving in there to hold the bottles that were in boxes).


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Very nice. I take it you used a cooler door? What idid you use for your A/C?

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Very nice. I take it you used a cooler door? What idid you use for your A/C?
I used a door that you would find at a local convenience store, for the reach-in soda fridge... so it is a little short for me but it works and looks great. That's why is is clear with the lights on the sides.

For the cooling, I am using an upright freezer. The freezer uses shelf-coil based cooling, so I have a fan that blows across the shelves and transfers that cool air to the fridge. You can see it in the back ground once I step inside. I am using a Johnson Control to regulate the temperature.... it maintains about 47*F.
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