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Homesteading Refrigerator to Die With –Part 3– Passive Winter Ice

In the late 19th century, and first half of the 20th, ice refrigerators were a common feature in American households.  Blocks of ice could be purchased every few days and placed in an insulated box to slow the decay of

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Homesteading Refrigerator to Die With –Part 2– Insulating to Decrease Load

In an effort to reduce the power consumption of a stand-alone domestic refrigerator an upright freezer, I will be adding additional insulation to standard units.  A large amount of the heat gain (and thus heat to be pumped out), leaks

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Homesteading Refrigerator to Die With – Part 1 – Background and Selection

This is a proposal for a refrigeration system which is intended to eliminate the need for electricity as much as possible.  What follows is my refrigerator and freezer; it is not for everyone, and it is not designed for commercial

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Fridge Powered by Farts and Rainbows

The most difficult part of designing a durable, robust, long lasting refrigerator is dealing with the the question of how to power it.  Electricity is the answer most people would pop off before I get the last breath out.  But,

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Modular Refrigerator Project Update- Part 2

See Part 1 Continuing with my project update.  This is over several months of work beginning in the summer of 2016, and concluding at the present. For a while, I ran the machine with a glycol freezing evaporator and the

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Modular Refrigerator Project Update- Part 1

Long overdue for an update, I have these backlogged photos of my journey towards building a better refrigerator, and I feel I need to get these published so I can pursue further writing. See Part 2 The last nine months

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Beginning the Modular Refrigerator

Beginning a few weeks ago, I’ve embarked on a project to construct a modular, long lasting cooling system for  domestic purposes.  I’ve outlined my reasoning for this elsewhere on this site.  100 Year Fridge  The majority of my documentation is

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A Refrigerator For The Ages

Over the course of the next several years I will be illustrating a plan for a long lasting, modular refrigeration system which encompasses my values in the realm of design and simplicity.  Here I will begin that process by trying

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Heat Pump or Heat Engine?

I haven’t bent any copper for a few weeks now.  Between the heat, a vacation, and some bad habits, the shop has barely been opened.  Part of the reason is due to a recent fascination with power plants.  Previously, in

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The Power Plant -or- The Wood Fired Refrigerator

I don’t like heat pumps.  Wait, let me rephrase that:  I don’t like grid tied heat pumps.  It’s the electricity!  Heat pumps are an amazing technology which I am currently obsessed with, and I am in fact in the process

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Ejector Assembly Construction

This is a three part series on refrigeration ejectors.  Part I on theory, is Ejectors in Refrigeration – an Expressor, and Part II on manufacturing techniques, Handmade Copper Ejector. There is a lot of video media, so I will jump

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Handmade Copper Ejectors

This is part two of a three part series to get my blog up to date on my ejector research.  Part I was about ejector theory:  Ejectors in Refrigeration – an Expressor.  Part III is about assembling and testing:  Ejector

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Ejectors in Refrigeration – an Expressor

Having developed a degree of confidence with copper brazing, and reaching the potential limits of what can be learned, I have decided to move past my original work with the Ebullator.  I document my progress with that device in Refrigeration

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Sealing Thermocouples Into Refrigeration Lines

I thought I would provide some media to help describe my method of installing thermocouples into refrigeration lines.  I’ve found in working with the Ebullator, that the temperature readings I was getting by taping thermocouple tips to the outside of

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Cannibalizing the Ebullator

I’ve moved on, in regards to what I think can be learned from the first flooded evaporator system, I have been calling “The Ebullator”.  Far too many limiting features were preventing me from moving on to the next step in

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Amateurish Refrigeration Research

I have a High School Diploma, and that is about the extent of my formal education.  My real education comes from years of mechanic jobs, fiddling with and fixing things around the house, building things I need rather than buying

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Refrigeration Test Bench – Part III

In Part I, I shared a lot of media relating to my efforts in building a refrigeration test bench.  I intended to build the whole thing from a DIY approach, and utilize a York 210 – Belt Driven Air Conditioning

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