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Old 11-25-2016, 11:44 AM   #11
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Default Fridge & Electrical System Cabinet

Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends on this forum! (a day late…)
We’re grateful for all the help we got from this community in making this crazy project a reality!

Posting detailed articles about our build is our way of giving back or inspire others fellow member of this community, hopefully it did.

This is how we built our Fridge & Electrical System cabinet:
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Old 11-25-2016, 12:37 PM   #12
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Nice job! Have you engineered cooling in your cabinet? I raised the countertop to allow for a channel for the exhaust heat to flow from the refrigerator. It channels the heat away from the refrigerator rather than flowing around the face frame. Also covering areas around the compressor with sound foam help will quiet things down. If you plan on going camping in hot areas you may need ventilation for the electrical stuff as they generate heat.
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Old 11-25-2016, 03:16 PM   #13
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Nice job! Have you engineered cooling in your cabinet? I raised the countertop to allow for a channel for the exhaust heat to flow from the refrigerator. It channels the heat away from the refrigerator rather than flowing around the face frame. Also covering areas around the compressor with sound foam help will quiet things down. If you plan on going camping in hot areas you may need ventilation for the electrical stuff as they generate heat.
True enough. We spend a lot on very efficient 12V fridge; but without proper heat evacuation (ventilation), any refrigerator will perform poorly and drain battery. It doesn't show in the pictures, but there is a 4" cutout near the compressor (on top of the fridge) to evacuate heat toward the drawers then outside the cabinet. I think i will add a small computer fan to help, since the heat does not travel horizontally very well...

Again it is not shown on the picture, but the cabinet is opened toward the "garage" to evacuate heat from the electrical system.

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Old 11-25-2016, 03:57 PM   #14
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I think i will add a small computer fan to help, since the heat does not travel horizontally very well...
Yes. We have a setup very similar to yours wrt ventilation. Adding a pair of computer fans made a huge difference.

The fans are thermostatically controlled using one of these:

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Works great and is very quiet.
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Old 11-25-2016, 05:15 PM   #15
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Yes. We have a setup very similar to yours wrt ventilation. Adding a pair of computer fans made a huge difference.

The fans are thermostatically controlled using one of these:

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Works great and is very quiet.
Nice. Can you adjust the controller sensitivity? Or select the temperature at which the fan will start for example?
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Nice. Can you adjust the controller sensitivity? Or select the temperature at which the fan will start for example?
Not on this one. It really isn't necessary, though. These devices are designed for applications like venting media center cabinets. The designed-in parameters are pretty spot-on for what you would want behind your fridge.

Note that this isn't an on/off device. It modulates the fan speed proportionally to the temperature.

There are lots of these devices available, some with all kinds of adjustments. Search eBay.
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Just a quick update on the Webasto.

As others mentioned before us, it is quite noisy! To reduce the noise, we performed a few modifications.
It did not drastically reduced the noise, but help a little. We say it's worth doing it.

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The Webasto / Espar Diesel air heaters are susceptible of accumulating diesel deposit (a.k.a. “coking”) at higher altitudes because the ratio of oxygen VS fuel is lowered (i.e. the mix is too “rich” in fuel). This coking would eventually accumulate and lead to malfunction / loss of performance.

For the Espar, the solution is to add a high-altitude module. (more details in the post)
For the Webasto, there is no physical part to add; the unit must be programmed for high altitudes. (more details in the post)

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We're a bit late on the post, but here is our electrical system installation!
We used it for a few summer week-long trips and it has served us very well so far
The winter test will happened next week, throughout the holidays, while we will spend a week in the backcountry for some splitboarding adventures.

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We also entirely re-written our page about the Electrical System Design.
We tried to make it comprehensive for someone who is not very familiar with the topic.
Did we missed anything (without going into too much details)?

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