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Old 01-28-2011, 01:58 PM   #1
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alright, since i'm having to write my wife's paper's for school i'm making her buy me a freezer to make a keezer out of. plan on getting the ge 7.0' model. i've decided i want to do something nice with a coffin or wooden pass through system on top.

after browsing the last several days, i found firefly765's build where he used some hardwood flooring to build the encasement for the freezer. well, i have about 8 boxes of leftover laminate wood flooring (not real/engineered wood) that i could use. i have also read that 1/4" plyboard can be glued directly to the freezer without overheating issues. so my question to some of you experts is do you think that 5/16" laminate flooring would have a similar r-value as oak plyboard? i've searched the interwebs but haven't really come up with anything definitive. the closest i found was for mdf/plastic laminate (maybe the same thing) that has a r-value of 1.0/inch, or ~0.3 for 5/16". if so, that's actually less than plyboard at 1.1/inch.

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Old 01-28-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
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You can always line the inside of your flooring with the rigid foam insulation sheeting they sell at the Depot.

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Old 01-28-2011, 08:29 PM   #3
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i guess i didn't specify where i was wanting to use the flooring. i meant to ask whether i could glue it directly to the freezer walls like others have done with 1/4" plyboard. now that i see it's only had 2 views, maybe a better title would have been a good idea, LOL.

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Heat disburses from the freezer through the metal skin, which is why many people build a facade instead of gluing the skin right on... the airgap allows enough movement so that the freezer isn't overworked, thus burning out faster. When I add new kegs, the sides can get hot for a while while the coils radiate heat.

In my opinion, any r value is too much r value, as the mechanism that the design relies on is altered. It may work fine for some, but I imagine long term it just isn't a good idea. If you really want a skin, and dont want to build a facade like in the link you quoted, I would glue furring strips to the sides, and then glue the laminate to that to allow for some air movement.

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You do not want an air gap between your "skin" and the freezer unless you have a fan(s) circulating air, otherwise without circulation the air gap actually increases the r-value (insulating properties).

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Yeah, should haved mentioned that, air is a good insulator.

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