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Old 02-09-2017, 04:16 PM   #1
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As we all know early season (Oct) hunting can be a reward but also a curse dealing with the venison and making sure it is cared for properly. I do not always want to process or drive to town when it is 90-degrees...so I decided to do something about it!

I started with a frame made out of left over angle iron and purlin:

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Added some left over r-panel and installed an 8000 but Window Unit:

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Added 3/4" play wood - 1" rigid insulation 1/2" plywood sandwich panels on the inside of the walls:

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Installed hanging hooks and CoolBot:

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Sealed any daylight with spray foam, finished the inside with Food Grade Polycrylic...and the box gets to almost freezing inside. Tested on a 75+ degree day this month.

Also bought a used stainless sink and pour a slab at the cleaning station:

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Good to Go!!!
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:19 PM   #2
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If you don't mind me asking, what do you have cost wise, in the entire build?
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Old 02-09-2017, 04:22 PM   #3
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:15 PM   #4
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Great build. I would like to build a walk-in cooler one day and got some good ideas from your build.
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Old 02-09-2017, 05:48 PM   #5
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COOL project!!

(couldn't resist)

Is that a regular window unit AC that will get temp down to 34?
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:10 PM   #6
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If you don't mind me asking, what do you have cost wise, in the entire build?
I cannot remember how much the CoolBot was...but you can look it up online. I think around $200. The metal frame and panels were left over from the Cabin Build project I did...(See link: http://discussions.texasbowhunter.co...d.php?t=555768)

The insulation was around $40
The Window Unit was $130
The Poly was $15/gallon
The Plywood was $100

So with the CoolBot...around $500.
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Old 02-09-2017, 10:11 PM   #7
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COOL project!!

(couldn't resist)

Is that a regular window unit AC that will get temp down to 34?
It is...but will only do it with the CoolBot. It over rides the controls. It wont do it without!
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Old 02-12-2017, 01:54 PM   #8
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odd question but what is the black hose that I saw running into cooler? didn't see it in any pictures on the inside, only the outside. great build btw
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Old 02-12-2017, 03:23 PM   #9
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What did you do for the floor?

That's a great project and something I'd like to do in the future. Yours came out great!

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Old 02-12-2017, 03:25 PM   #10
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odd question but what is the black hose that I saw running into cooler? didn't see it in any pictures on the inside, only the outside. great build btw
I'm guessing that's the power cable.

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Old 02-12-2017, 08:37 PM   #11
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odd question but what is the black hose that I saw running into cooler? didn't see it in any pictures on the inside, only the outside. great build btw
That is the electrical cord.
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Old 02-12-2017, 08:38 PM   #12
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What did you do for the floor?

That's a great project and something I'd like to do in the future. Yours came out great!

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I used 3/4 Ply on the floor, then 3/4 rigid insulation and 3/4 treated floor. All sealed with Polycrylic.
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Old 02-13-2017, 08:17 AM   #13
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I took a window unit to an a/c repair buddy and he put a low-T thermostat in it . It did the same thing .
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Old 02-13-2017, 11:15 AM   #14
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I changed out the electrical cord and made a hose reel to store it:

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Old 02-13-2017, 02:40 PM   #15
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really nice
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Old 02-21-2017, 01:23 AM   #16
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Following, planning my meat locker as my next project.


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Old 02-21-2017, 07:07 AM   #17
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Nice!
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:03 PM   #18
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Very nice
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Old 02-21-2017, 10:14 PM   #19
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Nice project
Looks great
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Old 02-25-2017, 12:11 AM   #20
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Nice work, easy way to save a couple of grand right there.
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Old 03-12-2017, 09:57 PM   #21
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How much was the final cost to finish the project??? I would love to get one of these in my back garden
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Old 03-24-2017, 11:56 AM   #22
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Old 03-24-2017, 09:36 PM   #23
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Nice, I like it.
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Old 03-25-2017, 09:41 AM   #24
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Nice!!! we did one with the coolbot also and works like a charm


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