Topic says "Heating A Big Fridge"
I wondered how I had become 'too cool' :icon_cheers:
Hi all I have a commercial fridge it goes good and I have it on a timer which has served me well over summer. But Know that winter is coming in it is time to get it ready for some cold night's ahead. This past week I have had a kettle on a timer but this only holds my fermenter at 16. I have a stc 1000 coming but my question is would a heat belt hold a large fridge around 18? Or does anyone have some other ideas?
These usually have a mechanical termostat that has the temperature set to turn off at 4 Deg C and to get a colder temperature, the adjustment reduces the range to give the desired minimum.
eg to get 0 Deg C, the rqange is set to 4 degrees so the comressor turns on at 4 Degrees and off when it hits 0. This ensures that there is always a time where it is above freezing so any ice that forms on the evaporator coils is melted off.
So this makes it difficult to replace the existing conroller, but I have used an external controller without any problems.
The size of the fridge doesn't matter in controlling the temperature, only the time that it takes to get there aka the termal mass.
Dave (aka Big fridge)