here is the finished product . . .
You'll notice I'm using velcro strips to secure the front for a few reasons.
- it's cheep
- it will help seal
- I had it
with 2 2liter bottles of ice it went from 70degrees to 60degrees in about 30 minutes. We'll see how long they last (thats where the outside mounted thermometer will be nice)
I used the extra liquid nails I had to "caulk" the corners to help seal it up and I also used it to glue the internal wires (from thermostat to fan) out of the way.
I think it will work out great.
Thing I would do different . . .
- I think next time I will break down and buy a hotwire to cut the polystyrene. yeah the jig saw works but >.< makes a big mess
- Gonna make it a touch wider and deeper. I have these really nice stackable wire cooling racks that would work GREAT for stacking cheese in this thing BUT since I didnt think about it to the end I can only fit 8 of them in it. If I would have made it just a touch wider I'd be able to easily fit 12 in this bad boy (3 wide x 4 high). With my 6" PVC mold I can fit 2 cheeses per level on these racks so I would be looking at a EASY capacity of 24 cheeses. here is a link to the wire rack, VERY FREAKING NICE http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=12474130 (even with making it just a touch bigger you can easily make this out of 1 4x8 sheet)
- I wish I would have added a light to the outside, maybe its just cuz I'm weird but a tiny little light lets me see if it's running while I'm across the basement, nice for the summer when you need to change ice out more frequently then every 3-4 days (tiny LED is more then enough)
- outside mounted thermometer, should have bought it right away so I dont have to open the chamber to check the temp