My huge icebox
(top doubles as a nav desk) is roughly 12 - 16 cu ft.
It had a holding plate before I bought the boat, but was dead, and cut off, so I removed it and have just been using it as an icebox
. I am in a northern climate, but in the summer three 5 gallon containers of ice will keep it cool for a week, so it is reasonably well insulated.
I am trying to decide between investing in a new compressor
and holding plate (or evaporator plate) to make it a fridge again.. OR.. buying
a portable model like an Engel, and having the option of keeping it if I ever sell the boat.
I realize that the Engel (35 or 40 quart) for example would have much less volume, but i really only need to keep the meat, milk and a few drinks cool. I can add more drinks as I take them out.
If I buy an Engel, I would like to just set it, or mount it inside the existing icebox. I could then store other non-persihable food
(like beer) next to it as well.
Would it run OK and efficiently in a closed environment
like that. I would think that it would give off some heat, as it runs. Would it be enough to cause damage to itself, or make it inefficient?
Any advice would be appreciated!