[Market-farming] New Cooler Construction

Todd Lister toddlister1 at gmail.com
Wed Dec 19 20:03:02 EST 2012


Mine's only 9' x 7' as it is.


On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 8:01 PM, Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com> wrote:

> I agree on the varied temp requirements.
> It's a real issue. I love my bot and it's been on since march of '10 but
> to be hoest, I need a half dozen of them.
> Some people hang a rubber curtain in their bot to temper the one side.
> Mine's only
>
>
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 7:43 PM, Aaron Brower <aaronbrower at yahoo.com>wrote:
>
>> The coolbot site is full of help with these issues. I'm pretty sure they
>> recommend 4-6" of rigid foam board for the floor. Unlike a house where the
>> ceiling gets the most insulation to hold in heat, in a cooler the floor
>> gets the most insulation to hold in cold. As Todd suggests, fit your foam
>> boards tight, spray foam any gaps, tape seams and let your plywood float on
>> top. Although the rigid foam board is relatively expensive, it will pay for
>> itself very quickly. Your goal should be to basically create a vacuum. You
>> want no outside forces to influence your cooler temperature. This means
>> insulating well and sealing it tight.
>>
>> On a side note, for your winter storage, alliums, potatoes, squash and
>> roots have very different storage needs.
>>
>> Aaron
>> Bluestem Farm
>>   ------------------------------
>> *From:* Todd Lister <toddlister1 at gmail.com>
>> *To:* Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
>> *Sent:* Wednesday, December 19, 2012 7:15 PM
>> *Subject:* Re: [Market-farming] New Cooler Construction
>>
>> I'm on slab in  stone house with 1" foam sheets T&G and taped on joints.
>> Cut to be skin tight to walls. Then 3/4" T&G subfloor plywood  also cut
>> skin tight to the walls with construction adhesive in the T&G joints.Trim
>> at the wall and it's basically a floating floor. This is kinda from the
>> coolbot site if I'm not mistaken. It's been a few years.
>>
>>
>> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM, Andy Fellenz <artisanfarms at gmail.com>wrote:
>>
>> Hi,
>>
>> I picked up a 10X20 used walk-in cooler shell - walls, roof and one door
>> that I am considering using with a coolbot for tomatoes and cucurbits in
>> the summer and storage crops in the winter.
>>
>> I'll need to construct some new space either for the cooler or if the
>> cooler goes in the existing packshed, a new wash area.  My packshed sits at
>> the top of a small hill so my options for low cost construction are to
>> build a pole barn style addition ~24" below the existing floor with a
>> poured slab. This will require 3 steps to go between the old space, which
>> could be either wash space or cooler space and the existing packshed,  Or,
>> keep to one level and build a deck with an insulated floor for the cooler
>> to sit on and cut a door into the current shed. The final option would be
>> to erect the cooler on it's own slab as a stand-alone and run power to it -
>> kind of like how many restaurants have their walk-in cooler behind the
>> restaurant.  The final option is the cheapest, but seems to be the least
>> friendly from a working standpoint.
>>
>> This cooler will provide a third conditioned space for me.  I have a 4X5
>> Walk-in that I use for tomatoes and a 9X11 that is used for everything
>> else. In the summer we end up either running out of space, or have things
>> packed so tightly that we need to move multiple items to get to the one we
>> need.  I'm also looking to sell more in the winter and would like a third
>> conditioned and rodent proof storage space so that I can keep alliums,
>> potatoes, squash and roots in closer to optimum conditions.
>>
>> Any suggestions, or experience, especially with construction of an
>> insulated floor will be appreciated.
>>
>> Andy
>>
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