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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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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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Refrigerator Cabinet Design – Part 2

In Part 1 I complained a good bit about the design of conventional refrigerators.  Since I was a little kid, I thought that surely their must be a better way make a refrigerator more convenient and at the same time consume

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An Outlook On Phase Change Materials

Phase Change Materials, usually abbreviated as PCM’s are wonderfully useful for thermal storage applications.  These materials make it possible to store large amounts of heat  relative to a substance’s mass.  They do this in a similar way to the working

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The KillCap Refrigerator

As it stands right now, the machine I would most like to develop is a pedal powered refrigerator and possibly freezer.  The compressor and drive mechanism will consist of a metal framework supporting a heavy flywheel perhaps 40 centimeters across

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