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Old 05-01-2013, 04:24 AM   #11
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I live in a hundred year old house with a very short basement and most fridges are too tall to fit,
Hmm... I wonder how they got that old fridge in your basement.

Do what you want. It was just a suggestion.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:50 PM   #12
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If I am understanding this correctly, you are planning on basically putting an "addition" on your dorm-fridge? Expanding the available cool-space by building an insulated box that would be attached to the fornt of the fridge with teh door opened or removed? Including a temp controller so it will keep the space at 60ish* instead of 40ish*?

If that is the case, I think you might be fine with what you have. To me, the key is that the temperature controller will be trying to keep the space warmer than the fridge compressor was originally designed for. Since the compressor won't run as often/long when it is only trying to keep the temp down to 60*, you can get away with the increase in space being conditioned.

That is my thinking anyways, it seems like it would be fairly simple to test it out by hooking it up and letting it run for a couple hours/days, since, as you said, you have everything you need on-hand already.

If I missed the entire point, just ignore everything I wrote.

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Old 06-28-2013, 11:44 PM   #13
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If I am understanding this correctly, you are planning on basically putting an "addition" on your dorm-fridge? Expanding the available cool-space by building an insulated box that would be attached to the fornt of the fridge with teh door opened or removed? Including a temp controller so it will keep the space at 60ish* instead of 40ish*?

If that is the case, I think you might be fine with what you have. To me, the key is that the temperature controller will be trying to keep the space warmer than the fridge compressor was originally designed for. Since the compressor won't run as often/long when it is only trying to keep the temp down to 60*, you can get away with the increase in space being conditioned.

That is my thinking anyways, it seems like it would be fairly simple to test it out by hooking it up and letting it run for a couple hours/days, since, as you said, you have everything you need on-hand already.

If I missed the entire point, just ignore everything I wrote.
Yes that is the plan, life has kind of gotten in the way of this project so when I get around to finishing it ill post how it turned out.
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Old 06-29-2013, 12:08 AM   #14
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Something like this, Transam??

As of now, this sits in my garage in which i've built a "brew-bench" on top of it. It will tightly hold 3 carboys/buckets and holds temps quite well. Im thinking of adding another layer of 1/2" foam for more insulation as it is starting to heat up down here in Texas.

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Old 07-02-2013, 01:47 PM   #15
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Something like this, Transam??

As of now, this sits in my garage in which i've built a "brew-bench" on top of it. It will tightly hold 3 carboys/buckets and holds temps quite well. Im thinking of adding another layer of 1/2" foam for more insulation as it is starting to heat up down here in Texas.
Yes this was exactly what I was originally thinking of doing! Thanks for the pics.
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No problem. Saturday, it hit 106* outside. Ferm chamber held fine at 65*

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