[NAFEX] I want a fruit-storage cooler.
dmnorton at royaloakfarmorchard.com
Thu Apr 6 13:39:37 EDT 2006
Another option for a cooler, depending on the size you want, is to purchase
a refrigerated box off a wrecked truck like we did. Well, we didn't
actually purchase one from a salvage yard....we just took the one off our
wrecked truck and set it on a frame we built from railroad ties. Works
great! We set it next to our packing room and use it for cider storage. I
would guess that you could find one at a salvage yard somewhere pretty
Royal Oak Farm Orchard
----- Original Message -----
From: Lon J. Rombough
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Sent: Thursday, April 06, 2006 9:44 AM
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] I want a fruit-storage cooler.
FWIW, the cooler itself is just a waterproof, well insulated room. If you
feel like building it yourself, just build a freestanding shed with studs
that are 2x6 or wider. Put it on a cement slab. Use foam slabs for
insulation, and line the inside with marine plywood, and seal it with
several coats of marine polyurethane or epoxy. Be sure to have the
electrician wire it before you put in the insulation. You also need a small
dry well outside for the drip line (condensation) from the compressor. If
you can find a used cooler type door, that helps a lot, though you can get
by with a heavy solid core door if you put good sealing around it. You can
also have the inside of the cooler sprayed with foam insulation if you want
Then just have the compressor installed. The circulating fan is hung
inside and a couple of holes for the lines from the compressor outside are
drilled to allow you to hook it up to the fan. Seal around the lines with
poly foam and you're ready to go. Just be sure the temperature doesn't go
below freezing as this can make the soil under the slab freeze and heave it
Grapes, writing, consulting, my book, The Grape Grower, at
http://www.bunchgrapes.com Winner of the Garden Writers Association "Best
Talent in Writing" award for 2003.
On Apr 6, 2006, at 7:25 AM, Jwlehman at aol.com wrote:
<<Some people want a deck w/ a hot-tub; I want a fruit-storage cooler.>>
Watch the papers. I've seen walk in coolers for sale by beer & wine
stores. Seems they get them when more cold storage space is needed then
later build a refrigerated area and sell the coolers. I purchased one such
and have seen several others advertised.
One thing to watch for, some compressors are "indoor compressors." The
design uses a light weight oil that becomes too thick if the temp gets down
to about 10 degrees and wears out quickly. The walk in cooler I bought was
setting indoors in the rear of the store and lasted 2 winters out doors
here. The new compressor was more than I paid for the entire unit 2 years
prior. Still, I only have $2,700 total in mine.
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