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Old 07-12-2013, 01:33 AM   #1
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Default Firing up ferm chamber 1st time

Just finally mounted my new ferm chamber but was wondering if I should fire it up straight (about 70F ambient temp right now) or should I throw a bunch of ice in to help it cool. Added about 3-4 times area so don't want to burn out the mini fridge comp. thanks.

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Old 07-12-2013, 01:40 AM   #2
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What kind of setup is it? I'm having a hard time envisioning what you're talking about.

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Old 07-12-2013, 01:49 AM   #3
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Fire it up straight? add ice? soooo confused. you running a temp control unit, or just adding ice to a fridge, need more info...pics are worth a 1000 words...

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Sorry about that. Am a but excited about the whole situation. It's basically an extension of the fridge. I'm trying to cool it down to about 40F. Did add a bucket full of ice water in hopes to bring the ambient temp down so that the compressor isn't running all night long. Like I said not sure if I'm doing this right. A but green behind the ears.

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The casing of the fridge itself is getting warm, not hot.

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Did you rig up an external temp controller and if you did, where is the sensor? Or are you using the refrigerator as-is? If the latter, and the chamber is really well insulated, I'd doubt it would run continuously all night - unless you keep opening the door . I would think that by using the refrigerator's thermometer, it will sense that it's gotten cool enough early and shut off. Then as the heat-redistributes it will kick back on. I don't know what the overall effect will be on the compressor since afterall it is having to cool a larger area.

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The casing of the fridge itself is getting warm, not hot.
That's pretty normal as it is basically extracting heat. That heat has to go somewhere. Better make sure it's not being vented back into the chamber. I think some refrigerators vent from the floor.
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I think I can see what ya got going on, ya added a box with foam to a mini fridge correct? I think the key to your set up would be to add some fans, just wire up some computer fans to circulate the air movement and I think you will be okay...

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Have a stc-1000 wired up, bypassed the fridge temp control.

Yes sir, you are correct sir. I do have a fan in there. May be hard to see but in the pic it is sitting in the fridge have it hanging from the "freezer" compartment.

Any pointers/criticism more than welcome.

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Compressor is hot to touch. But she is dropping in temp.

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