Hi: I have an ez-kold reefer I put in about 2 years ago. It works real well and hasn't given any trouble. I chose ez-kold because he will build the holding plate to any dimensions you like. This made for the most efficient use of space in my box. He uses the same compressor as every one else and the holding plate and electronic control are good quality. The skid for the compressor is kind of cheesy, but I fixed it up myself and I am happy with the installation. I am pretty sure he is a one man show so it took longer to get the unit than he said it would. Dino
The Danfoss BD35F compressor (? utilized in the #EK-12CPA ?) is rated < 586 BTU/H.
Accordingly, a 4,000BTU load, per Dick Kohllman, would require nearly 7 hours daily running time - absolutely unacceptable for a holding-plate system.
Hi: I think he would use the BD50 compressor which is pretty much standard any more, and Of course it depends on the insulation. He seems to know what he is talking about, so I suggest calling him up and talking to him about it. Also be sure to get the watercooling option for best results. Dean
I have no recall of what my recommendations were to Chad for an iceboxrefrigeration conversion unit but there are important changes in 12 volt refrigeration today to be considered. Compressor running time is no longer a measuring stick in performance and energy efficiency longer compressor running time can improve total system coefficient of performance. Compressor selection needs to be based on worst case heat load for a particular system application as well as amount of insulation, cruising climate, and ability of evaporator/holding plate to accommodate output capacity of compressor selected. With the Danfoss new BD compressors a BD50 at low speed has a better coefficient of performance than a BD35 at high speed. I believe that when selecting one of these Danfoss compressor for an icebox conversion select one that can match worst case daily heat removal requirement running at less than full speed with a fifty percent duty cycle. When new refrigeration is put into service reduce compressor speed manually or atomically to achieve lowest daily amp-hr consumption.
Every icebox refrigeration conversion unit sold today will produce performance enough to satisfy at least one boater, the secret is to select the unit that fits your needs. People I have found most helpful in describing their boat’s refrigerator performance are live aboard cruisers who avoid marinas. A refrigeration unit should be selected that will produce the box temperatures you require without overstressing boat’s power grid. Experimental refrigeration should be avoided along with units that are not repairable in the field or units with poor reliability.