Originally Posted by jglazer
Now that some time has passed, can you think of anything that you would change or add to this?
Also, after using it a few times do you notice any foam degradation from moisture or any issues with moisture affecting the electrical components?
Also also, any reason why you mounted the thermostat inside the chamber and not outside the chamber?
I do not see anything that I need to change because it works good as is. The biggest issue I have is that it is foam and the foam is soft. You need to really be careful when lifting out the front and top so as not to damage the edges and corners by denting them. The key to good cooling is the tight fit and you don't want to nick the edges which may allow the air to escape. The weather stripping makes all the difference and is necessary but I still take great care when removing the top or front.
A big problem I have is that one of my cats, even when declawed wanted to use the top corner as a scratch post and also lay on top of it. I wanted to beat the hell out of that thing. So now I cover the corners with towels and put some object on top of it to discourage interest.
I have tossed around the idea of encasing the whole thing in plywood or some other material but I've already got over $100 into this. I could have a found a fridge and used that for the same amount.
Moisture is not an issue at all. You will get a puddle at the bottom as the jug melts but it's not a big deal.
And there is no reason I put the thermostat inside as opposed to outside. I see no reason it wouldn't work that way.
The dowels are a PIA to put in and take out and sometimes I don't use them or only use a couple. It still holds the desired temps without them.