Bar fridge as a chiller

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  1. jontheron

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    Has anyone used a bar fridge as a chiller ?

    Reason I ask is because it will be a lot cheaper and il also have a small freezer compartment to keep my frozen food

    My idea is to plumb in some coiled up silicone pipe inside the fridge with a pump in the sump connected to one end

    I'd then use a temperature controller to either activate the heater or the pump for the "chiller"

    Has anyone had any success with any other type of chilling system
     
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  3. jimilutz

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    I think it is a great idea. You would probably have enough space in the fridge for the beers too.
     
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    Great idea but then the water would be need to go through the plumbing slowly as the water would need time to cool a little bit. Energy efficient also...
     
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    Wouldn't a small tank/container with water in the fridge with the pump work better? Then coil the silicone hose in the sump. Otherwise only a small amount of cold piping will be in contact with the sump water if the pump is in the sump. Pardon the pun. :m12:I think a trial and error process is needed to dial in
     
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    Silicone hose not a very effective method of transferring temperature.You werent ugly, i am not upset, love you my angel, nothing will change that.
    If coiled in a bucket of water, you'll be lucky to get a two degree drop in temp. That was my best result with a 10L bucket, 30m of coiled tubing in a bar fridge.
    Evaporative cooling, depending on external temp and relative humidity, a LOT more effective and energy effecient.
     
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    Did you combine 2 messages here? Or did i miss something...
     
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    Yeah.... My silicone hose.... You see, she gets all heartbroken when I talk about her in any negative way....
    All thirty meters of her tried hard to keep my tank cool.... Important for her to know that I still love her, my darling silicone hose...
     
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    lol
     
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    Buahaha
     
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    I love the idea.
    Why don't you build a glass storage tank to fit inside with pipe going in and one coming out the other side, that will conduct the cold very well.
    Hopefully your fridge has a good temperature dial so you can set it when the weather gets a little cooler. If you plan on using the fridge for storing frozen food and beer then you will have to think of putting in a by pass so you can keep the fridge running during winter but you aren't chilling the water.
     
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    Nice idea
     
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    tagging on this one - you think the wife will be pissed off if I do that to our kitchen fridge?
     
  15. jontheron

    jontheron Thread Starter

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    Cool beans so looks like this idea is a go

    As soon as I have some time to get a bar fridge lol

    I think I'd rather go for surface area over volume inside the fridge

    So maybe some sort of pipe that is better at absorbing the cold or even some sort of stainless steel radiator ?
     
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    Guy in JBay has been doing this for a while....hes happy with it...also see some guys on reefcentral do this...
     
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    Can u not run ur feed pump in a stc1000 controller to feed water thru ur bar fridge...feed pump will cut off once temp is down
     
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    That is exactly what I need thanks for the info

    Next question where can I get an stc 1000

    Do you perhaps have a link I could see some of the designs on ?
     
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