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Old 08-24-2011, 05:26 PM   #1
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I got offered a freezer top for free. Immediately I started thinking, how can I make this a fermentation chamber. I've seen a few say that you need to be careful with coils between the freezer and fridge section...

So I'm thinking, anyone do this yet? Its a whirlpool model #et1chmxkq02 (2003).

The diagrams I've found so far don't show anything in between the freezer and refridgerator sections....

manual, you need to scroll down


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Old 08-24-2011, 05:54 PM   #2
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link is no good. takes me to (basically) a blank page. there is nowhere to scroll down to.


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Bummer, working from a tablet. Ill fix it when I get home. Sorry about that!
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I found the diagrams by just googling "whirlpool et1chmxkq02".

I don't see anything that would indicate coils in that layer between, but...

how big is this thing? I found no specs on the size of it. Is it a mini-fridge or something?
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19 cu ft. Unsure of actual dimensions at the moment.
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Ok... so it's full-sized.

Why do you need to make modifications to it?
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I was thinking about making it one giant refridgerator. Cutting a hole in between the freezer and refridgerator section to maximize carboy space.
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You just want to make it into a fermentation cabinet? All I did was add a temp controller on a strip plug. I heat in the winter cool in the summer. Stupid simple.
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Just a fermentation cabinet. I would need to make it look pretty through to get the wife's approval. But I've got that under control.
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I made one. I took an old 21 cu ft top freezer fridge and made it all one chamber by taking out the freezer floor, bypassed the defroster switch and adding a Johnson controller. The cooling coils in mine were in the back. I use the shelf system that was in it and can get four, maybe five fermeters in it and can get the temperature below freezing if I want. I sanded it down and painted the body with rustoleum hammered silver paint and the door to the freeze compartment with chaulkboard paint. It doesn't look too bad and it works great.


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