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lhommedieu 11-28-2012 09:06 PM

Question re. My First Primary Fermenter Project
 
I'm planning on using a GE 7 cubic foot chest freezer as the container/cooler for a primary fermenter. As you can see from the image, the compressor is located on the right side of the freezer:

http://homedepot.ugc.bazaarvoice.com...0248/photo.jpg

Should I should drill a hole that is similar to the one in this image, below, for the cord to the heater? The compressor box on my freezer is on the opposite side, so the hole for my cord would be on the top left corner of the compressor box.

http://cdn.homebrewtalk.com/attachme...ons-ferm02.jpg

A description of the original build that I am using as a model can be found on the following thread here at hbt:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/yet-...stions-258097/

Update: Drilling a hole on either side of the compressor box is probably safe if I'm being careful and know the location of the different components inside, but I've been unable to locate a schematic of the freezer, and that reduces the operation to one of careful guessing. After reading several threads re. "drilling holes in chest freezer" I've decided to go with a wood collar instead. As an added plus, it gives me practice for how to form part of a keezer if I want to take that on in the future.

Best,

Steve

dfess1 11-29-2012 05:41 PM

what is the purpose of the hole?

Monster Mash 11-29-2012 06:45 PM

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Originally Posted by dfess1 (Post 4633016)
what is the purpose of the hole?

According to the link it is a power cord for a heater, with a collar the hole is not needed.

I would not drill a perfectly good freezer like that, build a collar and run the cord through that.

lhommedieu 11-29-2012 08:06 PM

I'll probably go with the collar. I am wondering if simply anchoring it to the bottom part of the freezer with liquid nails will be adequate for the weight of the top as it opens and closes on the hinges, or whether there is some way to hang the collar more securely?

Another option is to use the hole on the bottom that drains the water after you've defrosted the freezer. Since the freezer is going to be in the 35 - 65 degree range, I am wondering if frost will be an issue at all, and whether a rubber gasket can be fitted to the hole that will allow a power cord through to the fermenting chamber inside.

Best,

Steve

dfess1 11-29-2012 09:01 PM

so call me crazy, but i just throw my little space heater over the side of the chest freezer, and close the lid. Works fine. Maybe over thinking it?

beergynt 11-29-2012 09:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dfess1 (Post 4633729)
so call me crazy, but i just throw my little space heater over the side of the chest freezer, and close the lid. Works fine. Maybe over thinking it?

+1

I just drape the power and temp probe cords over the side. They aren't big enough to cause any thermal/cooling loss...

That being said, if you want a cleaner looking installation, that method should work just fine. You'll just have to rewire your heater.

lhommedieu 11-29-2012 09:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by beergynt (Post 4633762)
+1

I just drape the power and temp probe cords over the side. They aren't big enough to cause any thermal/cooling loss...

That being said, if you want a cleaner looking installation, that method should work just fine. You'll just have to rewire your heater.

Definitely over-thinking it, lol...


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