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large ice box project - which framing materials? Answered

which framing materials are ok for a very sturdy box- that is able to withstand regular movement and 'rough handling'? metal or aluminum? the box i have in mind will be about 4ft by 4ft by 4ft. i.e. 4ft cube. Also, in view of the size, i plan to have the box move on wheels or suitable castors. the core material for all the sides, bottom and lid will be extruded polystyrene([pink or blue board)- 3 inch thick. will this thickness be adequate in view of the size?

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steveastrouk (author)2013-02-20

Aluminium IS metal.....

How heavy will the ice content be ?

Is this thing to be handled by one person, two, three ? By hoist ?

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frankoluku (author)steveastrouk2013-02-21

it will usually be transported empty without any ice. the ice bars will be loaded at the 'location of use'. any lighter and sturdy framing material?
many thanks

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steveastrouk (author)frankoluku2013-02-21

I'd use WBP grade plywood. around the insulation, and I'd put 50mm x 50 mm aluminium angle over all the edges.

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frankoluku (author)steveastrouk2013-02-21

many thanks for the hint steve. keep u posted.

frank

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steveastrouk (author)frankoluku2013-02-21

Keep it light, strong and knock proof. A few layers of varnish INSIDE will help stop moulds and other nasties./

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mpilchfamily (author)2013-02-20

When you say Ice box do you mean a chest like freezer or an insulated box to hold ice with possible ice maker on top?

The big factor here is how much weight you expect this thing to carry.

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