Has anyone had experience taking a small inexpensive refrigerator
such as those sold for college dorms at places like Best Buy, taking them apart and "making" a refrigeration
system for their boat. I have given much thought to this "marine" refrigeration
problem. The bottom line is that every marine
system seems to use the same type of compressor
and essentially the same parts
used to refrigerate these small refrigerators.
If you can put a danfoss compressor
into a $150-$200 small refrigerator
why should we have to pay 8 times that and in many cases much more to refrigerate the same space in a boat? Of corse the manufacturers will claim that their systems are "Marinized". But what exactly does that mean and what standards are there for these units. I would submit that this is done better by some Mfg's than others. Conformally coating a PC board does not a marine
I realize that there are issues of piping and connections but these are done all the time in larger systems with regularity, in large boats, commercial
kitchens and air conditioners! As for the piping, in most larger cities there is a commercial
hose, piping and refrigeration wholesaler who has many of the parts
needed for such an installation
I think the big issue for most of us in tackling this project
is the lack of knowledge about refrigeration. This could be overcome with an online course or one at a local junior college.
I am convinced after much research
and thinking on this subject that we boaters ar being taken to the cleaners for refrigeration units by companies that are honest and do add value to the various parts they assemble, but are essentially selling us early 20th century technology cobbled together and called "marine" refrigeration.
What are your thoughts? Ideas? Experience?