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JBonesGreens
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Has anyone every tried using an old refrigerator to make a water chiller. Not like rolls of hose placed inside the fridge, but like taking apart the fridge and using the coil, compressor, etc to make a chiller? I have access to them at work 🤔

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The closest I have done is put my keg of homebrew in a fridge to chill.

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Should be possible if you can manage that cooling fluid and rebuilt the cooling coils which are not removeable I think.

Maybe you could make some holes and put a coil of tube into the machine as it is?

Plants are like children - always surprising you.

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My thinking is to put the cooling coil directly into the res or another water source and use the fridges temperature control to keep the temps high enough to prevent freezing. I may give it a shot, but figured I'd ask here first.

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put the cooling coil directly into

If you can remove the coil from the fridge ... !

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use the fridges temperature control

yeah but where to place it ? are they water proof ?

I love the idea also I am an as natural as possible guy.

Plants are like children - always surprising you.

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Posted by: @jbonesgreens

My thinking is to put the cooling coil directly into the res or another water source and use the fridges temperature control to keep the temps high enough to prevent freezing. I may give it a shot, but figured I'd ask here first.

Compressor is not meant to run 24/7 and to do this it would have to as changing air temp is a total difference to changing the temp of a volume of water, fridge would last a month if that. You would be better off using the whole fridge as a water tank, say a 50 ltr container inside connected via a float valve with an outlet...leave for 24 hrs and you should be good

Or coil up 100m of good quality garden hose inside and drill 2 holes in the top/bottom for entry/exit

 

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