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Convert a commercial Refrigerator Into a Wine Cooler.

Posted by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4, 2012.

Pictures are worth a lot of words!

Would love to hear the details: how long the conversion took, its cost, and how the new unit works in maintaining temperature and humidity, amongst other things.

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Reply by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

Sure...   I will do a step-by-step and then post it. Temperature is controlled by the fridge's thermostat in the hottest position (1) and varies between 50 and 60 degrees farenheit (the exact temp for storing red wine). Measure humidity with a Hygrometer (must be around 70%). If it's too low only add a small bowl with water and if too high you can use something like the "polarfresh"  to decrease humidity   (http://www.polarfresh.net/polarfresh_filter/polar-fresh-howitworks.php) it's really very simple.   I used oak wood for its hardness. I installed the compressor aside to prevent vibration. You can use a system as "whisperkool" to control the humidity and temperature. But it is very expensive. http://www.ebay.com/itm/290696290688?ssPageName=STRK:MEWAX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1438.l2649#ht_984wt_1165

 Later will post photos of how it looks installed in my home cellar. 

 
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Reply by dmcker, Jun 4, 2012.

Forgot to ask about capacity. Is that either 6 or 12 750ml per layer in the upper racks, with a bottom rack for magnums?

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Reply by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

 

It has 7 sliding drawers, in the top six  20 bottles ea., arranged in 2 rows (11 in first layer and 9 in the second layer).  In the bottom one, can fit full cases or 30 bottles or magnums .... The total capacity is 170 bottles ..
 
 
like this.....
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Reply by Richard Foxall, Jun 4, 2012.

Not half bad.  And a lot faster than building a room with vapor barriers, etc.  My only worry is that the compressor is old and gives up the ghost too soon. Of course, I don't even have room for that much and I have pretty decent passive storage, but a couple of these make more sense than a purpose-built from scratch cellar for, say, less than 300 bottles. 

Definitely interested in what size fridge you started with, how the costs were worked out, and, if you know, how much energy it's consuming.

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Reply by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

the small compressor is brand new. (usd $60)... I started with small (12 bottle) Thermoelectric  wine cooler, but had some issue with the fan and temperature... the fridge was a Junk, my invest was around $280.  

this is how it looks installed in my home cellar. 

 

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Reply by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

rear view... 

 

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Reply by agarzagzz, Jun 4, 2012.

 

I don't know how much energy it's consuming, but the compressor starts about 8 minutes and stops for 25 minutes, at normal day...
 
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Reply by IanMG, Apr 16.

Did you have to replace the fans and the compressor on this cooler? I am contemplating the refrigerator/commerical cooler idea. I have a spare refrigerator but i really like the look of your finished procuct. Did you ever end up posting a "step by step", would be very interesting.

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Reply by Richard Foxall, Apr 16.

Ian:  I'm afraid we haven't seen the original poster since.  However, if you send him a message via his profile it will be forwarded to his email if he hasn't unsubscribed himself.  (Assuming he uses same email.)

Good luck.  This was a pretty nice project for its size.

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Reply by dmcker, Apr 16.

He was posting about the time I left to go walkabout, but if I'd seen his later pix I would also have asked why he couldn't just go passive in that space...


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