Here is my first build project out of a side-by-side fridge that came with my house. Luckily SWMBO hates it, and for the small price of buying her a new one, I am able to turn this one into my fermentation chamber. It is a Whirlpool model ED22MM1JWRO and is almost as old as I am. Unfortunately, the center divider does not remove, as there is a coolant line that runs through the wall about halfway up. I didn't find this out until I had the center metal stip pulled out - and that wasn't easy.
What follows will be a catalog of my build making two seperate chambers out of the same fridge. I have 2 ebay style temp controllers
, one for each side, which will operate the compressor, a heat lamp, and 2 80mm 110v fans
. The fans will more air between chambers to help each side regulate temps.
The plan is to place the controllers in the space that formerly held the ice/water dispensing unit. I built the housing for the controllers out of 1x4and as the original liner took up a lot of space in the chamber, I replaced it with .093" acrylic sheeting. The acrylic needed special drill bits for, so I bought a drill press for this and other projects.