Originally Posted by bigpapa7272
Ok question since the lid apparently has a cooling element in it, I was thinking about removing the top cooling element and just insulating top with some foam board. Is that ok or do you think that would affect the cooling of the unit?
Since I am off work tommorrow I will commence with cleaning inside and out. Getting supplies for the build. 2x4's for the coffin, some gaskets and taking a trip to the LHBS to get a few things.
fwiw, I would be extremely surprised (no - make that astonished
) if that freezer has anything
associated with "cooling" implemented in the lid. All I see is a power cord - and that's most likely there for an optional interior light typically operated by an integrated mercury switch.
Plug the unit into the wall, turn it on, and leave the lid open. Let it run for 15 minutes, then run your hand around the interior walls, and then the inside of the lid. Assuming the compressor works and there's plenty of coolant circulating in the lines, it should quickly show you where the cooling (expansion) coils are actually located - and I bet they're all high up on the inside wall of the body - and none are in the lid.
While you're at this, run your hand around the exterior walls of the chest. You should note how warm the walls are - because this unit looks like a typical "warm wall" design, that couples the condenser plumbing to the exterior sheet metal for heat dissipation. This should provide ample caution about arbitrarily drilling holes into the chest body from inside or out...