Originally Posted by jeffnick
Since Aug 8, the Walmart chest freezer has run a total of 50 hrs and 19 minutes. This is maintaining 28 degrees at the brine brick. The basket in the upper part of the freezer hovers around 40. My beer stays deliciously cold in the bottom and refrigerator items don't freeze in the basket.
It's interesting to note that the brine brick, designed to melt/hold 28*, will make ice even when the freezer isn't powered.
We know the brine brick will provide refrigeration for 6 days without power. Never buy ice even on long weekends on the road/water. This was the original intent - to replace an ice filled cooler...and the freezer even has a smaller footprint.
I'll gather some data on inverter/generator cycles during the 2000 mile tow to Lake Powell and while on the lake, to see if inverting power for the freezer can be managed with our normal generator run time, using a Freedom 30 and single dedicated AGM battery.
And by the way, it's my job to support unconventional thinking. Don't take it personally and don't try to put me out of work.
Now that's some out-of-the-icebox thinking! Got any pics? Never heard of a brine brick before.
We have an built-in AC/DC Norcold box that, while not efficient, runs well. It sits low so that you need to get onto the floor to see what's inside. We recently added a 120V apartment size unit on the countertop run off the inverter. When we're on shore power or generator, it gets its power from those sources. The Admiral loves it since we don't have to bend over to get into it. I love it for the extra capacity and no longer a need for ice in a cooler for drinks.
Is it marine? No. Is it a bit redneck? Yes! But it looks like it's staying! We'll be adding a marine style hook/latch to the side to secure the door while underway, change to a granite countertop to accomodate the door swinging open above the fiddling and secure the unit from tipping. If the next owner doesn't like it, he can remove it with minimal effort or scarring.
The benefit of a forum like this is to give and receive different opinions on various topics and allow the individual to decide which works best for him. I know I've made suggestions in the past that turned out to be bad ideas, as pointed out by other posters. It's a good thing that they pointed this out.
I've also posted ideas or experiences with products that have worked well, only to be blasted by other poster(s) that it's a terrible idea or it doesn't work. I know it's frustrating when you share your experience with someone asking for help and others feel the need to contradict most if not all you post.
There is no one-size-fits-all solution to all problems. When it comes to safety and sound practices, the issue should be WHAT is right, not WHO is right. The sooner we all get that idea and allow each other to contribute without the personal attacks the better.