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Old 09-17-2011, 03:23 AM   #1
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So I decided it was time to build one of these bad boys. I looked on CL and found a small refrigerator for $30. I didn't want to build around it, I wanted to tear it apart (Plus the thing smelled).

I ordered an aquarium temp controller from Ebay, like many people have done, it should arrive in a few days as I ordered it a week ago.



Front of it with door removed already.



Coils and compressor removed from back



Top part of sheet metal cut and removed, exposing the insulation.



Closer look of coolant line



Freezer section cut out CAREFULLY





Freezer and Compressor completely removed

I am using one of the storage racks I purchased a few years ago from Costco. This helped me to save money, and the framework is already in place. Why re-invent??? Removed the second and fourth shelves.



You can see I have the cooling portion mounted and skinned.



I cut a section and notched out a place for the coolant line to go into the chamber.



Using the hardware from the fridge I remounted the freezer to the top of the rack.

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Mounted Compressor to the middle shelf.



Built a small box around the compressor.



Closer view of the compressor from the outside.

I will continue to update this thread as the build continues. Off to do more work (and drink LOTS of BEER).
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:04 AM   #3
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Are there any clearances to combustibles needed?

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Unsure. Doubt it but it will be vented and circulated with fans.

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Was able to complete quite a bit last night after making a quick trip to the orange box store for a few pieces of lumber.



I laid the chamber down so it would be easier to actually lay all the cut pieces out and test for fit.



Everything fit, almost like I knew what I was doing...




I can easily get four carboys in the top portion, with room to spare for four growlers for blow off containers or small batches for creation purposes.



Having some fun with my old school Playstation sign. It may be incorporated, haven't decided yet.

Hoping to get the doors designed today and maybe even installed. Also have to work on the layout of all the wiring as I plan to have lights inside the chamber, and possibly glass within the doors so I can inspected without opening the chamber. Also need to decide on the placement of fans and ports for air circulation.

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That looks really nice - well done!

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This is awesome. I've been toying with this idea for a while but wasn't sure how to make it work. I'm gonna have to get going on mine!

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Had a induction fan in place but it did not hardly move any air through my 3" tube. Struggling now to cone up with a solution to get cold air to the bottom as well as circulating the air.

Thought about computer fans, but they seem to only move around 60 cfm.

Racking my brain on this one.

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From my limited HVAC experience, 3 inch duct should only be able to move ~35 cfm of air.

I'd say booster fan but I can't find one that small.......

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Been working on it when I have time. I have now finished the doors:









I am no carpenter, and they are not perfect, but doesn't that add to the character of the finished product? I think so.

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