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Old 06-26-2012, 08:09 PM   #11
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Wow, that is impressive, thanks for the great documentation! Do you think it would be possible to do that same thing, only with one of the long sides as the door so as to avoid having the sliding tray?



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Old 06-26-2012, 09:26 PM   #12
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I've been wanting to do this same setup for the past month or so with a fridge and wood I have here. Unless I do it at 3:00a.m I don't see that happening anytime soon with this heat. Great job! Does the coil ever get any ice build up on it? Do you have any pictures or information on how you wired up the fan?



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Old 06-27-2012, 12:22 AM   #13
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Love your design and drawer shelf. Any idea for the total cost?
I don't really. It took about 3 months to build and I bought things in different stages and never added it all up.
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Old 06-27-2012, 12:24 AM   #14
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great work..... was it tricky to rip the fridge apart???
It really wasn't too bad. Ripping the metal skin off of the outside was the hardest part. After that I just had to cut away the insulation and plastic as you can see in the second picture.
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Old 06-27-2012, 02:17 AM   #15
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amazing! you wouldnt happen to have a blueprint of this?

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Old 06-27-2012, 02:54 AM   #16
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Wow, that is impressive, thanks for the great documentation! Do you think it would be possible to do that same thing, only with one of the long sides as the door so as to avoid having the sliding tray?
Probably. I don't see why not. Obviously you would need more room to open the door all the way. Before I decided on going with the drawer I was thinking about having a second door on the top that only went back half way but I didn't think that I could get a good seal between the 2 doors.
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Old 06-27-2012, 03:06 AM   #17
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I've been wanting to do this same setup for the past month or so with a fridge and wood I have here. Unless I do it at 3:00a.m I don't see that happening anytime soon with this heat. Great job! Does the coil ever get any ice build up on it? Do you have any pictures or information on how you wired up the fan?
No ice build up but I do get some condensation on it. Since I have the fan running while the compressor is on the heat exchanger never gets below freezing. The fan is wired in parallel to the compressor so it is tied to the same neutral that goes to the compressor and the temp controller. The switch leg output from the temp controller goes to both the fan and compressor.

This isn't a great picture but hopefully you can see what's going on.

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the wire on the right plugs into the wall the one on the left goes inside where the tube for the heat exchanger goes in. The ground from the wall goes to the plate that the compressor is mounted on. The compressor ground and the ground going into the chamber are also mounted to the plate. The line (black) from the wall goes straight into the inside to the temp controller. The neutral splits and goes to the compressor and into the chamber. The switch leg from the output of the temp controller comes back outside the box with the yellow wire which connects to the other terminal on the compressor.

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amazing! you wouldnt happen to have a blueprint of this?
These aren't pretty by any means and my handwriting sucks. you will most likely have to tweak some dimensions in the back to accommodate the compressor and heat exchangers you would end up using. The grid spacing is to 1 inch scale. I thought about sketching this up in Visio but I spend about 10-12 hrs a day at work in front of a computer so I went with the notebook on the couch while watching TV. Hopefully this is of some use to someone out there.



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These aren't pretty by any means and my handwriting sucks. you will most likely have to tweak some dimensions in the back to accommodate the compressor and heat exchangers you would end up using. The grid spacing is to 1 inch scale. I thought about sketching this up in Visio but I spend about 10-12 hrs a day at work in front of a computer so I went with the notebook on the couch while watching TV. Hopefully this is of some use to someone out there.
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Thanks Crane!



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