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Old 03-29-2015, 10:57 AM   #1
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Where to find small propane or 3 way fridge

I've been looking all over craigslist to find a propane or 3 way fridge or freezer for my kitchen setup. Preferably an upright one to hold cold air better, but at this point any will do. I'm wanting a small dorm fridge type size-wise. I can't find any online at all besides the large, super-expensive (>$1000) massive luxury RV style. I'm hoping to find one for closer to $200. Any advice?
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Old 03-29-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
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Im buying a regular chest freezer, and then retrofitting an add on thermostat to convert it to run at fridge temps. It will use very little electricity--enough so that I don't need to have the propane or 12v functionality. It will be running off 120v from my inverter. If you google it, you will find many great pages about how it's done and you could easily get yourself set up for less than $200--especially if you buy a used freezer.
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Old 04-01-2015, 12:07 AM   #3
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Here is a link with complete instructions, along with tips to reduce your power usage when you are using solar panels/battery power. Cost is about $50 to convert a chest freezer to a fridge. This was posted elsewhere in the forum too, but I bookmarked the actual page and can't find the other post.

Convert Chest Freezer To Fridge

Btw- you want a chest style refrigeration unit, not a front load upright for the best energy efficiency. All that is also explained in this article.
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