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Old 01-04-2018, 07:08 AM   #81
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The Killer is always the same , refrigeration.

The newest car style batts may become useful after thousands are rebuilt , but the fear of a computer caused fire is real.

I believe one answer could be a better eutetic plate design.

I was friends with Mike Adler of Adler Barbour and he had a custom unit made by Dole that only took 15 min to go all frozen.

His shop had limited electric so only a 2 hp compressor could be used .

The hassle with most eutetic plates is a copper tube is installed bent back & forth that does the cooling.

Sadly the tubing it ices up rapidly , and ice is an insulator, so even with plenty of power total freezing is not all that rapid.

It takes 2 hours on our 90/90 to be frozen for a 4 day hold.

Instead of tubing Mike had a copper plate with freon passages similar to an evaporator plate in a house fridge.

The plate was doubled over so internally the ice only could be 1/2 to 3/4 thick , so it froze rapidly.

Perhaps a mfg. will run with the concept and produce a well insulated reefer that would only need 15 min of house current per day .

ALIBABA , you listening?
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Old 01-05-2018, 05:36 PM   #82
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Originally Posted by koliver View Post

I think I will hang on to my "Blowboater mentality" as long as I can.
Good choice - Waste not, want not! To make due builds character and fattens the wallet!! LOL
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