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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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Old 03-28-2017, 11:53 AM   #25
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Anyone know how much the coolbot jumps your power bill up too?
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Old 03-28-2017, 12:10 PM   #26
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Anyone know how much the coolbot jumps your power bill up too?
No but it is not significant. We just turn our walk in cooler on when we start cleaning an animal, and turn it off when we leave. Takes less than 30 minutes to go from about 85* down to 37* for a 4x8 room on a 10,000 BTU (I think) unit.
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:10 PM   #27
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Very nice. Gives you peace of mind. I need one too!
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Old 03-28-2017, 05:13 PM   #28
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What are the steel dimensions


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Old 03-29-2017, 04:46 PM   #29
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^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
Sorry for the late response. I though I answered this question before:

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 03-29-2017, 04:49 PM   #30
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No but it is not significant. We just turn our walk in cooler on when we start cleaning an animal, and turn it off when we leave. Takes less than 30 minutes to go from about 85* down to 37* for a 4x8 room on a 10,000 BTU (I think) unit.
My monthly bill runs $50-$80 monthly. We are only there on the weekends during the season and 1x month during off season.

Ran it this weekend and it took 45 minutes to go from 80+ to less than 40, even in the hottest part of the day.
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Old 03-29-2017, 04:49 PM   #31
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The box is 6'x6'x7' tall
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Old 03-29-2017, 10:01 PM   #32
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Nice job
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Old 03-30-2017, 09:57 AM   #33
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I like it, nice work.
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Old 03-30-2017, 10:49 AM   #34
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good job, looks nice
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Old 04-11-2017, 06:46 AM   #35
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Does the coolbot run down the life of the Ac unit?


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Old 04-11-2017, 06:52 PM   #36
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Does the coolbot run down the life of the Ac unit?
Not sure...I have not run it long enough to tell. But for $100...I can buy another AC every few years.
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Very nice
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Old 01-04-2021, 11:50 AM   #38
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We have been using one for 4 years or so. Same AC unit.
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Old 01-04-2021, 01:20 PM   #39
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Following for future reference.


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very cool may have to try this someday
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Old 01-04-2021, 01:27 PM   #41
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Coolbots are the cat's meow.
Been running one on a smaller a/c since 2015, not heavy use.
A new Coolbot runs you $349 or $399 with blue tooth. Good customer service as well.
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Old 01-07-2021, 01:51 PM   #42
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I've been toying with this for a year or two... I'd love to see what some others have done. How small a room can you comfortable clean a deer in?
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That is badazz. I am Super jealous.
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Thats awesome! Nice build
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Old 09-23-2021, 02:50 PM   #45
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This is hot.
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Old 09-23-2021, 09:41 PM   #46
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Great DIY project OP, and super functional!

A question...would there be any benefit to have the exterior painted white or silver so that it reflects rather than absorbs external heat?
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Old 10-01-2021, 12:37 PM   #47
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Great Work!!!
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Old 10-01-2021, 01:30 PM   #48
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So the plywood is all sealed with the poly so you can clean her out every so often if you need to? Not familiar with the poly stuff.
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If you can afford to, a shipping container works really well. Get 1 9.5ft. in height 40ft. long and convert the rear 10-15ft. Into freezer and use the front half for butchering and processing.
I put headed 3 that size and built a barn.
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If you can afford to, a shipping container works really well. Get 1 9.5ft. in height 40ft. long and convert the rear 10-15ft. Into freezer and use the front half for butchering and processing.
I put headed 3 that size and built a barn.
The containers are cheap if you get them from a container yard. Cheap being 1-3 grand. And cheaper for damaged ones which can be cut and repaired. Just make sure that the wooden flooring isn't warped or stained. Could be from chemicals that you don't want.
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