Originally Posted by broadbill
What exactly do you want the freezer section for? Does it really have to be integrated into the walk-in cooler design?
My 0.02: If you are going to use a refrigerator to cool the freezer unit, why not just go with a chest freezer and keep it separate? It seems like if you get rid of the integrated freezer idea, this project become much easier to work out and more doable.
Yeah, the freezer inside the cooler idea is a cool...but is it absolutely necessary?
I do not think that the freezer is making it hard at all. What is making it hard is deciding how to cool the freezer and draw from it. I could easily go out and buy a freezer blower and condenser unit, but where is the fun in that. The challenge here is to push the limits of what has been done, what can be done and how it can be done. The freezer section will be used to store food, hops, and bodies. I actually am just as excited to have a large freezer where I can store meat and Sams purchases as I am for having a keg cooler. Just wait until I attach another addition to this with more louvers and fans for a fermentation chamber!!
I actually found a commercial cooler on craigslist that is $800, and I may just buy that. I am waiting to hear back if it includes the blowers or not. Even if I buy that, I am still going to have to DIY some of the build which makes me happy. The walls on this unit are really tall, and will have to be cut down to fit my space. The condenser is also mounted on the roof of the cooler and mine would have to be mounted on the side. Either way I cut it, this animal is about $1000 and that is not too shabby for a giant fridge. (the freezer not included in that price!)