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    Building a chiller

    I've have this idea that I need a meat chiller to be built in the garage. Can get some freezer panel easily enough (I think) and currently looking for the compressor etc.

    I'll keep you all updated as this progresses.
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    please do .. because I've got the same hankerings ... and I'll watch your experiences with interest

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    I have a good friend who is in the business, so if you want names of suppliers, let me know
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    Window air conditioner will work for a small chilla to take one animal.I'm building one write now after looking at a mates one.our work depot is an old meetworks so I'm sweet for panels.

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    If you have limits on size make sure tall isnt one of them, the taller the better even for one animal. Its surprising how long a big redskin is.
    Looking forward to seeing the progress.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gibo View Post
    If you have limits on size make sure tall isnt one of them, the taller the better even for one animal. Its surprising how long a big redskin is.
    Looking forward to seeing the progress.
    Yeah so I'm making mine wide enough to have one animal in half side by side but able to be slid inside my gge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    Window air conditioner will work for a small chilla to take one animal.I'm building one write now after looking at a mates one.our work depot is an old meetworks so I'm sweet for panels.

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    Window AC not really best. They will not go below about 16 (no one wants to live at less than that temp) and will dry out your meat if you bugger around with them to go lower.
    Give me a ring when you're sorted and I will deal to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    Window AC not really best. They will not go below about 16 (no one wants to live at less than that temp) and will dry out your meat if you bugger around with them to go lower.
    Give me a ring when you're sorted and I will deal to it.
    Awsme will do.the chill I looked at had a window rattler and it was chilling to 4deg?. Didn't think about the drying out thing though.in my mates chilla that I use h is properly done but I still leave skin on for 7 days or of its boned out I put in damp mutton cloth

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    Yeah so I'm making mine wide enough to have one animal in half side by side but able to be slid inside my gge

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    You half it from hips? Or true the spine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    Awsme will do.the chill I looked at had a window rattler and it was chilling to 4deg?. Didn't think about the drying out thing though.in my mates chilla that I use h is properly done but I still leave skin on for 7 days or of its boned out I put in damp mutton cloth

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    There were a bunch of thru-the-wall proper fridge type units available that look a bit like a window unit. May be one of those?
    Oringi rope is the other name for mutton cloth
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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwijames View Post
    There were a bunch of thru-the-wall proper fridge type units available that look a bit like a window unit. May be one of those?
    Oringi rope is the other name for mutton cloth
    Got shitloads to mate going cheap

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    [QUOTE=Neckshot;240654]Window air conditioner will work for a small chilla to take one animal.I'm building one write now after looking at a mates one.our work depot is an old meetworks so I'm sweet for panels.

    Just started mine. Got the air conditioner from an air con installer that they had removed and i am lining the inside with hardie glaze panels that i have acquired. Hope it will be good for meat and curing salami and conditioning home brew lager.
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    Next time your in a dairy have a look at the drinks chiller or upright display freezers . Most of them have the workings ( condensing unit ) just sitting on top ( behind the signage ) , blowing chilled air down thru a hole in the roof, and the whole thing can be just lifted off , the only dangly bits are the power cord and the plug for any cabinet lights . These units are usually a bit over powered for the size of the cabinet ( this is a good thing ) coz it has to be able to cope with customers opening the door and then dithering ,sooooooo , one of these units can do a reasonable sized cooler that is insulated and isn't having the door opened all day , and as a self contained unit there is no mucking about with refrigeration , which makes them seem cheaper still.
    It pays to ask around as there are heaps of these things languishing "out the back" because they are no longer presentable .... not coz they don't work , you may get a bargain
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    [QUOTE=POME;240724]
    Quote Originally Posted by Neckshot View Post
    Window air conditioner will work for a small chilla to take one animal.I'm building one write now after looking at a mates one.our work depot is an old meetworks so I'm sweet for panels.

    Just started mine. Got the air conditioner from an air con installer that they had removed and i am lining the inside with hardie glaze panels that i have acquired. Hope it will be good for meat and curing salami and conditioning home brew lager.
    For a home brew cond cabinet a domestic upright freezer cabinet is the go .With all this cheap imported shit coming in , when something has compressor issues or low side gas leaks , we used to de-gass them and chuck em out . The ones to get are the F&P ones with a false back inside the cabinet and a fan at the top ( N210 ). With a t/stat from Cory's and an old foil defrost element you can have a real posh conditioning cabinet....... even glass shelves if your lucky. For more details ..........
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    Quote Originally Posted by hamsav View Post
    Next time your in a dairy have a look at the drinks chiller or upright display freezers . Most of them have the workings ( condensing unit ) just sitting on top ( behind the signage ) , blowing chilled air down thru a hole in the roof, and the whole thing can be just lifted off , the only dangly bits are the power cord and the plug for any cabinet lights . These units are usually a bit over powered for the size of the cabinet ( this is a good thing ) coz it has to be able to cope with customers opening the door and then dithering ,sooooooo , one of these units can do a reasonable sized cooler that is insulated and isn't having the door opened all day , and as a self contained unit there is no mucking about with refrigeration , which makes them seem cheaper still.
    It pays to ask around as there are heaps of these things languishing "out the back" because they are no longer presentable .... not coz they don't work , you may get a bargain
    Hamish
    This is what I'm looking for. Think I've found one.

    Made some inquiries on the panels and looking ok at this point, but will need to sort out some flashings etc.

 

 

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