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Old 04-08-2021, 05:44   #1
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Freezer War

I’ve simply got to find a reliable freezer or suffer the fate of Captain Bligh.
Two Dometic Cool Freeze boxes have now died. They work for a while then quit.
We have more than enough solar, generator and batteries. 24 volt, 700 ah.
Current thinking:
Option 1...Buy a Laboratory Freezer. Helmer or Follett.
Friends in research recommend Helmer. Under counter about 4 cu ft.
Option 2...Build a box and complete system from commercial components.
This will eat up a lot of time. Don’t need more refrigeration only a freezer.
I have space for a box with 6” of insulation or more. Which components?
Pandora’s box now open for comments.
The manatee crew now on strike till I come up with a plan.
Thanks in advance for all contributions.
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Old 04-08-2021, 06:01   #2
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Re: Freezer War

Get an Engel and it will last a lot longer than the Dometic but cost twice as much. I have had Engels and can attest that they will last through conditions that I thought for sure would kill them.

If you go the built in route, I've seen a LOT of people going for drawer type fridges and freezers, brands like Isotherm, but I have no personal experience with them yet.
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Re: Freezer War

For easy, reliable, instant gratification can't beat the Engel. As noted, not cheap but have not seen many if indeed any at all, complaints about failures and problems. Only downside, it does make a bit of a humming noise when the compressor is running. Not really loud and intrusive but it's there.

Family members have Isotherm drawer units and they seem to do quite well.

For constant use, long term, not in the way (where do you put the Engel where you don't trip over it or block up some major area of the boat) a built in unit is my choice. It is a lot bigger project, in fact one of the biggest projects in my refit was rebuilding and insulating the fridge/freeze box but in the long run it has been one of my favorite upgrades.
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Too bad Sub-Zero doesn't make marine refrigerators, those things are bulletproof.
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Old 04-08-2021, 13:26   #5
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Re: Freezer War

Thank you for the replies. I have a friend with an Engel who loves it. Sub Zero and Wolf...all the real commercial kitchen stuff is great.
I had to make a decision today because my manatee crew were long past thinking about mutiny, they were loading our Trinka with supplies and looking for a breadfruit tree on tele florist. There were rumbles about calling the orcas.
So on Monday, I’ll go pick up a Helmer Scientific Freezer.
Helmer freezers are well known in research laboratories and it will be interesting to see how they work at sea.
We have two refrigerators, the lower is a Vitrifrigo double drawer to which I’m going to add more insulation. My wife loves it because you can see everything and it’s easier than bending down for something small. Our top refrigerator is a regular door commercial all refrigerator.
Again, thank you for the replies.
Happy trails to you.
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