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Old 07-27-2009, 05:19 PM   #1
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Ive read around here to use essentially another copper coil as a pre chiller but Im wondering fi I cant just drop my coil of garden hose in a bucket of ice water and get the same effect. Anybody ever use this method? I would think the only d4rawback would be not drawing the cold because of hose insulation.

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Old 07-27-2009, 05:24 PM   #2
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that might do something, but the plastic/rubber hose doesn't conduct nearly the same as the copper pre-chiller would.

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that might do something, but the plastic/rubber hose doesn't conduct nearly the same as the copper pre-chiller would.
Yeah I figured that would be the biggest if the only drawback. Ill give it a try and see if it knocks some time off my chill. Thanks.
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The garden hose is not a good conductor of heat/cold. You probably wont see any results from this, I tried, and ended up building a 10' pre-chiller out of copper, cost all of $7

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I've done this with regular vinyl tubing, and it does help some, but a copper coil or direct circulation of ice water would be way more efficient. In fact, I'm probably going to go with direct circulation with a pump in the near future.

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The garden hose is not a good conductor of heat/cold. You probably wont see any results from this, I tried, and ended up building a 10' pre-chiller out of copper, cost all of $7
Yeah I guess I wouldnt need the whole 25'. Thanks.
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