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I had an old ( no idea what year) chest freezer in my basement from when I bought my house and decided to convert it into a beer fridge.

Step 1: Get a Thermostat

I bought a cheap one off eBay. But I before I did that I set up a DHT21 with an Arduino and relay card that worked fine... It was just a little too bulky for the area I had.

Step 2: Cut the Wires

My freezer from the Mid 1990's had ac power going through a lamp into a thermostat/ potentiometer. From there it sent a signal into the compressor relay... So I have two power wires, 1 signal wire.

I cut them all.

Step 3: Install the New One

The ac wires (blue/brown) here in Sweden are the power white is my signal wire and that's that. Except the signal wire goes via a switch. This means you need to bridge power over to it too. I just made a jumper from one of the AC wires.

The other two black wires in the picture are the new temp sensor.

Step 4: Finish It Up

Now when I plugged in the freezer nothing happened... I needed to program the thermostat to react when it's too warm it's default was to do nothing despite I had set the desired temp.

The hole from the old electronics was too large so I just measured the hole and the new thermostat and printed a cover. It needs to be at least 3 or 4mm to withstand pushing of the buttons.

Step 5: Conclusion

I have this running several weeks at 10 degrees c and have not had a drop of condensation, it has held the temperature great ;however, when it turns off the compressor the temp continues to drop nearly 3 degrees so if you are sensitive to that it's important to know.
Yep. Conversion is probably better.
<p>Do you mean &quot;Conversion&quot; ????</p>
<p>I remember about 50 years ago when the coke coolers in gas stations were a bit like this. However, they had about 8 inches of water in the bottom to stabilize the temp. Nice Job!</p>
<p>I remember about 50 years ago when the coke coolers in gas stations were a bit like this. However, they had about 8 inches of water in the bottom to stabilize the temp. Nice Job!</p>
Thanks.
<p>Nice beer cooler and good first instructable! Thanks for sharing it!! </p>

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