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Old 20-07-2015, 17:52   #1
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Building boat refrigerator

I am going to buy "WAECO ColdMachine KIT CU-55+VD-07" KIT
Refrigerator is horizontal and door is on top...

My question is: how create proper refrigerator door? what is expected?
Any advices...
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Old 21-07-2015, 11:03   #2
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Re: Building boat refrigerator

Lots of commercial boats have built in refrigerators. The older ones have wood doors with an airtight seal, a thick back full of insulation, heavy duty hinges and latch. The better you insulate, the less the compressor will run.
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I recently built my own under-counter fridge/freezer. The lid has to have as much insulation as the rest of the fridge and of course, it has to be sealed. You can buy custom seals, made to measure like this one. They're not expensive.

Custom Gaskets - Refrigerator Gaskets Made EASY! - CoolerGaskets.com


I found that with 4" insulation going down inside the box and with the lid fitting snugly, it wouldn't open on a hinge without catching. I therefore have it as a lift-off and fitted with a couple of hand grips.

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Re: Building boat refrigerator

See me actual situation about top door:
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I must have 2 small doors on top because I have not so high place up to open refrigerator... but what to do?
put layer of fiberglass over wood?

maybe more insulation on top of wood and than door will be more 'fat' vertically?
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Re: Building boat refrigerator

It's often done like this sketch, if that is what you are asking.. The angled surfaces are a bit hard to get right, and I'm not sure why some are done that way.
Maybe you don't need that.
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It's often done like this sketch, if that is what you are asking.. The angled surfaces are a bit hard to get right, and I'm not sure why some are done that way.
Maybe you don't need that.
Ok thats something for sure.... need somehow fit that into my existing case
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Re: Building boat refrigerator

I really liked both boats I had that had a top door and a door on the front. You don't have to pull half the stuff out to find something. I usually had drinks etc on the bottom with a shelf and other food up the top half....
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Privilege - do you have a source for those hand grips?? I have this little rings and the tops are really tough to lift off.
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Privilege - do you have a source for those hand grips?? I have this little rings and the tops are really tough to lift off.
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Push come to shove, you can insert the following into the lid of the fridge. You inlet a stout block of wood, with a deep half-round cutout. And then drill the block for a rod, through the recess in the cutout. Giving you room to grip the rod, & lift up the lid.

My preference is to go to a metal artisan, & purchase a beautifully sculpted & carved cross bar piece, for the rod. That, & perhaps buy or make some pretty trim plates for the edges of the wooden block.
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Perko 1110DP0CHR Chrome Plated Flush Pull Handle at http://www.boatersland.com/pko1110dp0chr.html or any other marine store,


or you can try these.. http://www.sheridanmarine.com/product/perko-flush-lifting-ring
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