Originally Posted by DoubleO7
somewhere here there is mention of making your own chest fridge out of a conventional chest freezer.
I think all that was needed was an external temperature control assembly to bypass the original controls.
Yep, that (in my opinion) is the best way to go. I tried a 3 way rv fridge first and scrapped that idea pretty fast. The chest freezer with external temp control has drastically lowered my power consumption and at just around 100 bucks for a brand new chest freezer and 60 or so for the temp control I couldn't beat the price, so that's the way I went.
Hid it under part of the kitchen counter-top that is hinged to open with the fridge. Now I have a yuuge kitchen counter and, honestly I could've gone with a smaller chest freezer and been fine.
I don't know if I just got lucky or what but with the temp control set to 35 degrees I get temps from 33-37 towards the top and all the way down at the bottom it stays below freezing. I added a styrofoam divider piece and now have both a fridge and freezer running on one temp control. So I got that goin' for me... Which is nice...