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#400171 - 09/16/07 08:27 AM Poor man's walk in cooler
FULLDRAWXX75
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Not wanting to highjack the "do you butcher your own" thread, I started this one.

Sometime during the early bow or muzzleloader season's here in NY we will get a warm spell, heck two yrs ago during the regular season it was nearly 70* during the day a couple days.

I got an idea and decided to put it motion, A friend and I built two wall sections (2x6 to match the exterior walls of his garage)
We insulated and covered the interior the foil covered insulation board, the exterior with 1/4" plywood. We framed in a door and one opening that coincidently was the same size as his household window A/C unit for a bedroom.

We set the two walls up in the back corner of his garage and bolt together, the ceiling area is already insulated and has the hoist hooks. We simple install A/C unit and plug in, set the temp range and whaaaaaaalaaaaaaaaaaaa........walk in cooler. It works really well. We only set it up is we have several deer and the weather is rather warm for several day.

It measures 6' X 6' inside and has a 12' ceiling.

I hope this may help someone else out, paying to hang and process deer is costly.

FDXX75
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#400357 - 09/16/07 10:48 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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#401327 - 09/16/07 09:46 PM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: ]
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What temp are you getting the box down to?..Ideally to hang deer you should get to 40 degrees..I would think that the window unit would feeze-up way before you got there..........
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#401330 - 09/16/07 09:47 PM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: bonekelektr]
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I meant freeze-up.....
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#401857 - 09/17/07 08:41 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: bonekelektr]
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@ mid 40's, we have not experienced any problems with freeze-ups,
the humidity is not that high that time of yr. That is what causes the unit to work that hard, also the area is small enough once the lower temp. is reached it does not take that much to maintain.

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#403110 - 09/17/07 10:21 PM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: FULLDRAWXX75]
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Good deal..I'd thought about doin the same type thing myself cept I was gonna strip a large reach in....
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#408720 - 09/21/07 12:10 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: bonekelektr]
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For what it's worth, I have known of a couple of attempts at this here in southern middle TN that have been utter failures. The A/C either never got the room cool enough or froze up in the process. I would love for someone to find a way, however \:D
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#408817 - 09/21/07 06:42 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: J_W]
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I have been told there is a way to disconnect the thermostat on window units. A friend told me he would give me a walk in cooler minus the compressor if I would come get it. Well, the cost of that "free" cooler is up to around $1000, but it is done.
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#408984 - 09/21/07 08:58 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: square]
FULLDRAWXX75
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JW,

I guess it would all depends on the unit itself(was it any good) and how big of a space they are trying to cool.
Common sense does have some play in this.

The window unit we use is a rather large model, we are using it to cool an area about 25% the size of an average bedroom. If it is freezing up, one of two things..............there were extreme humidity conditions or the area being cooled was very very cold.

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#418731 - 09/27/07 07:46 AM Re: Poor man's walk in cooler [Re: ]
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hey DA,

That guy is using a portable fan to cool his unit, ha ha just kidding. If you got the green, go for it.

A little pricey for my pocket.

FDXX75
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