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Old 07-03-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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Ok going to give this a shot. Here's what I'm starting with, old ice chest from behind the shed, computer fan(12 volt), some extra insulation, a ceiling vent and odd and end materials. Starting the build now and it's going to be semi live.



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Old 07-03-2011, 05:20 PM   #2
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Got the styrofoam cut and ready to glue in place. I cut a partition to force the air down over the frozen gallon jug.


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Old 07-03-2011, 06:06 PM   #3
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Fan hole is cut now.



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Old 07-03-2011, 06:09 PM   #4
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Man right now that don't seem like a bad idea
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The ceiling vent I bought is too big for this cooler so I'll have to take it back and explore different options for a vent. I'll probably end up going with PVC or A/C duct.

I'll have to finish this later. I'm letting my glue and epoxy dry.


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Old 07-03-2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Nice of you to build for Gobbler/Cobbler.
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Old 07-03-2011, 08:18 PM   #7
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Nice of you to build for Gobbler/Cobbler.
This will be for my truck sleep blind. Gobbler stole my tripod so I'm thinking I'll hunt my sleeper all season. It'll give me better scent control
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Old 07-03-2011, 09:38 PM   #8
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well...........i need more photos and test results.
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Old 07-03-2011, 11:45 PM   #10
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well...........i need more photos and test results.
I've got to get a different vent that will fit this ice chest. If home depot is open tomorrow I'll finish it up tomorrow evening. If not it will be teusday evening. Stay tuned for the finished product though.
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Old 07-04-2011, 12:31 AM   #11
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Looking forward to the results Clint !
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:39 AM   #13
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not only can you keep your refreshments cold but also keep your self some what cool for those all day sittings very nice idea
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Old 07-06-2011, 09:47 AM   #14
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Looks Good Cletus!
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Old 07-06-2011, 02:34 PM   #15
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Did a little test run last night. I'm using two 6 volt batteries tied together to make 12 volts. On 6 volt set up it moves a little bit of air but on 12 it moves a lot of air. This kind of gives me a high and low. With a frozen gallon jug it blows some pretty cold air. I'll try to finish this evening and post up pics.


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Old 07-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #17
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just man up at sweat it out
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:43 PM   #18
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Have you seen my truck sleeper conversion(another DIY thread)? That thing gets stinking hot inside and it's insulated real well. I'm trying to be able to hunt with out worry of the wind in an air tight blind.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:04 AM   #19
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how about some test results?
does it work well enough to be worth doing?
how long does the cold air last?
battery life?

Awsome job so far, keep it up.
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Old 07-07-2011, 12:11 AM   #20
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how about some test results?
does it work well enough to be worth doing?
how long does the cold air last?
battery life?

Awsome job so far, keep it up.
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Got the fan epoxied to the lid and letting it set. Here's a pic of the fan and exhaust set up. I've got the batteries on the fan holding it in place. It takes 20 minutes for the epoxy to set up. I'll add some "great stuff" foam around the fan to keep all the air flowing into the cooler. Tomorrow will be a full blown test. I'm going to put a thermometer in the sleeper to get a temp reading about 6ish. Then I'll put the cooler with an ice jug in it in the sleeper and see how low I can get the temp to go.

The second pic shows that I didn't glue the PVC so I can swivel the exhaust around if needed.


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Old 07-07-2011, 12:40 AM   #22
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Can't wait for the test results, keeping my eye on this.
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:04 AM   #23
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O I need to build one of these that is able to plug into a outlet and then batteries when needed!
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:50 AM   #24
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I think its awesome. Nothing like redneck ingenuity!
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:34 PM   #25
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im liking the movable pvc idea.
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:53 PM   #26
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Solid work Clint
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:55 PM   #27
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Old 07-07-2011, 01:58 PM   #28
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Good Job Clint! where do you put the batteries. Really interested in how long it will blow cool air before the jug ice melts
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Old 07-07-2011, 02:25 PM   #29
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Had to laugh at the "full blown test" comment

Pretty cool idea!
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Old 07-07-2011, 04:30 PM   #30
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I have never made one but will now after seeing this..

Would it work better with two frozen milk jugs and a 12v deep cycle marine batt?
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I have a cooler set aside at home to do this. I just havent yet.
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Old 07-07-2011, 05:51 PM   #32
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Good Job Clint! where do you put the batteries. Really interested in how long it will blow cool air before the jug ice melts
I'm going to have a shelf in the corner to put them on. If this works decent I'm going to be putting an on/off switch in the line. I plan to mount a solar panel to the roof of the sleeper to keep the batteries charged up(I hope).

I'm going to get the full "blown" test going in a minute and I'm going to let it run until the batteries are dead or the ice is gone. Which ever comes first.


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I have never made one but will now after seeing this..

Would it work better with two frozen milk jugs and a 12v deep cycle marine batt?
It would have to work since it works with one ice jug.
I may end up going with a deep cycle battery so I know I'll enough juice to run the fan for a while. I have a big battery charger in my camper for just in case the jeep needs a boost, so keeping a marine battery charged won't be a problem.


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Inside temp before the test starts is 106F



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Really interested to see how your test pans out.

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I've got the cooler in the sleeper and running now. The temperature of the air at the vent is 79.

Just a side note, this is sitting in the shade of our house at this time. So starting temp was from being in the shade.



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It has dropped the inside temp to 98 at this time. It's been in there for 30 minutes now and the jug really hasn't melted any yet. I'll check it again in an hour and post a temp pic.


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Well, it's been an hour now.
Temp is down to 88. The ice jug is still pretty solid but slowly melting.
Not real good results but come October when the high temp is 85-90 it'll be at least 70 and that is tolerable for me.


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I need to get my fan sealed off because I am getting some blow by around the hole. I may also look at making it a 2 jug set up for extra cooling. I'll have to wait and see. I'll check it again before bed time and let it run all night. That will give me an idea of run time on the batteries.
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Good job Clint! Glad someone finally got after this. If it drops the inside temp 20 degrees, and with a breeze blow-n from the fan, that would certainly beat 95+ inside a pop-up during the first couple of weeks of Oct .
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Wonder what you could do with a bigger chest and multiple fans. Say a 150 qt cooler, block ice inside or the frozen milk jugs would work as well, maybe even better, and two or three fans, I bet you could make that sleeper really cold, considering you created a 20 degree drop with just one jug and one fan. How much noise does that fan make? I've heard some computer fans that sound like a jet engine taking off.
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Good job Clint! Glad someone finally got after this. If it drops the inside temp 20 degrees, and with a breeze blow-n from the fan, that would certainly beat 95+ inside a pop-up during the first couple of weeks of Oct .
Kind of my way of thinking.

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Wonder what you could do with a bigger chest and multiple fans. Say a 150 qt cooler, block ice inside or the frozen milk jugs would work as well, maybe even better, and two or three fans, I bet you could make that sleeper really cold, considering you created a 20 degree drop with just one jug and one fan. How much noise does that fan make? I've heard some computer fans that sound like a jet engine taking off.
The fan I got(northern tool) is pretty dang quiet. I'm probably going to add another jug and do another test in a couple of days. I may even get another old ice chest(I have several laying around) and build a second one for the sleeper. I've got plenty of room for 2 and they'll make good foot rests for power naps

Going out for quick check then off to bed. No pics this time though since it's dark and I have 3g iPhone(no flash).
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Man you are a genius!!! Look at you thinking outside of the box...You may have to put a TBH patent on that
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Ice is just about all gone now. Fan is still going strong so I'll leave it going for the night and check it in the morning. Inside temp is 72 now so that still isn't too bad considering the outside temp right now.

I'm thinking add another jug for a total of 2. I have some scrap plywood laying around, so I'm thinking insulation may be the key to extending the life of the ice and I'll build a wooden box about 3-4" bigger than the ice chest. I'll fill the void with insulation. I'll even do this over the lid too since that's where I have the least amount of insulation now. I believe I have plenty of air movement which is why I think double the ice and add insulation is the next step to really make this work well.

Any opinions about my next step? In my mind I think making the ice last as long as possible and not letting the cold out of the ice chest will do more than another fan to blow hot air over the ice jug causing it to thaw faster. My mind usually works differently than most so opinions are valued.

More to come since I'll be fine tuning my redneck a/c hootus
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Ice is just about all gone now. Fan is still going strong so I'll leave it going for the night and check it in the morning. Inside temp is 72 now so that still isn't too bad considering the outside temp right now.

I'm thinking add another jug for a total of 2. I have some scrap plywood laying around, so I'm thinking insulation may be the key to extending the life of the ice and I'll build a wooden box about 3-4" bigger than the ice chest. I'll fill the void with insulation. I'll even do this over the lid too since that's where I have the least amount of insulation now. I believe I have plenty of air movement which is why I think double the ice and add insulation is the next step to really make this work well.

Any opinions about my next step? In my mind I think making the ice last as long as possible and not letting the cold out of the ice chest will do more than another fan to blow hot air over the ice jug causing it to thaw faster. My mind usually works differently than most so opinions are valued.

More to come since I'll be fine tuning my redneck a/c hootus
Very Nice Cletus

I use 2 Milk jugs I also put a little saw dust in the jugs before I fill them with water an freeze them the saw dust makes the ice last twice as long I also put a little ice on top to fill the voids & help insulate the jugs. I have to 2 fans on mine & I can keep it a little cooler than 70 degrees & the 12v feeder battery last about 4 hours then I turn it off & hook it up to the solar panel for
30 min. to an hour & it will last the rest of the day. This year I may use a small marine battery & leave the solar panel on it.
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Fan is still running. So I'm going to let it run. It's been running for 14.5 hours at this time so I think I'm good on battery life.



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Old 07-08-2011, 10:28 AM   #49
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Have you thought about using those blue reusable ice substitutes? Supposed to be colder than ice and not loose its temp as fast. When I do mine I think I will be using those instead of the frozen milk jugs.
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