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Old 10-11-2009, 14:24   #16
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+1 on Frigoboat with keel cooler. Not only is it efficient but it's quiet.

I've got a side opening door fridge (and freezer) and have been very happy. Would never go back. I think way too much is made of the cold air "dumping out" of a side door. 8 cubic feet of air doesn't hold much energy.

The key to side opening door designs is not the short length of time that the door is open but a completely air-tight seal when the door is closed. R-parts has a magnetic gasket with stainless magnets that does the trick:

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The other great improvement that would work in any fridge is a light that comes on when the door/lid is open. It makes finding things much quicker. Get's a lot of "ooohs" too for less than $5 of parts.

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Old 12-11-2009, 19:12   #17
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An old trick to improve efficiency (icebox or fridge) is to add insulation around the outside of the box. One thing my lady did was to acquire one of those "space blankets", which are very thin for the insulating capabilities. She cut it into rectangles the shape of our toploader's opening and sewed the pieces together. Laid across the top, it helps prevent cold air escaping, especially since you only have to lift one corner to access something if you know the location (must be a gender thing).
This might not impress you folks with refrigerators but it can be a real help to those schlepping bags/blocks of ice.
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Here is a video of what I did with my Ice box

Lets hope this works it is my first lol



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Great video, Wayne! And great ideas in there.

By the way, I found thsat to embed the YouTube video just copy and past the URL into the post, not in an image box, or embed. The it comes up fine. I was stuffing around with embedding codes for hours! LOL
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Thanks Mark I will do that next time, and thanks for the nice comments. Rebuilding the hatches are next, the fun never stops lol

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Rebuilding the hatches are next, the fun never stops lol
Yes it does! You go cruising! LOLOL

For a life long vacation cruising can have its crappy days! LOL

(I must have had a bad one today LOL - better now, I have a beer and some snags about to go in the pan when the potatoes are roasted. Simple and glorious!!!!!!!!!!!)
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