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To create an instant beverage cooler from an old water cooler. Replace the compressor with a bigger one, replace the condensor with a bigger one, chop a couple ...
After the sheet metal & plastic sides are removed, this it what is left.
We cut the metal rails down to just longer than the combined height of the compressor and the tank. (oops, no pic)
Chopped out the old condensor & started putting it all back together.
The new condesor. From an old window AC unit. It's much shorter & also has a much larger capacity.
The original compressor was about 1/10 horse, the new one is 1/4 horse. Fits on the same mounts, though! We added that coil of copper tubing above it ...
A little closer view
We put a pair of 24V 5" fans on the condesor to keep things cool. Hooked up a 24V transformer to the thermostat to only let it run ...
The stainless steel pot on top is where the water jug normally goes. We filled it with salt & water 'till it wasn't too icy... Removed & plugged ...
10 degrees F!! It cools a can of room temp beverage to low 30's in about 2 minutes.
Yes, he really added these wheels. No, they don't actually support any weight. He fabricated a bracket that bolts to the side of the cooler & holds them ...
Built a lid out of a "foraged" piece of aluminum. And a grill out of expanded steel. After much thermostat adjusting, the brine runs between 12F & 18F. ...
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