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Old 06-21-2006, 11:22 PM   #393
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I would add 2 things to the refrigerator install:
Fans, as discussed. You run them when it gets really hot, or while cooling down the fridge. A switch can turn them off if you're worried about battery life. A two way toggle can select high speed ( 12V parallel) or low speed ( serial connection, 6V each).
A wedge for a venturi effect over the cooling fins behind the refrigerator.
You want whatever air is flowing behind the refrigerator to flow over the cooling fins, and the tubing behind the refrigerator, not right past it and out the top. So, a metal wedge between the lower louver and the upper louver mounted to the access door would likely help direct the airflow where it is most beneficial. These things can make a big difference on how well your absorption fridge can perform.
Uwe, would you be willing to make a quick sketch and post it for me. I think I understand. But a picture would sure help.
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Old 06-21-2006, 11:38 PM   #394
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Uwe, would you be willing to make a quick sketch and post it for me. I think I understand. But a picture would sure help.
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Don, I don't know how to draw something on the computer, heck I can barely type...ashamed to admit.
I would be happy to fax you a sketch, if you PM me your fax number.
By the time I learn my Illustrator program, you will have been camping for several years in your Bambi.
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Old 06-22-2006, 12:02 AM   #395
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I figured out that I can draw something and then take a picture of it....duh!
Here it is.
The dotted line is supposed to be the deflector that channels the airflow as close as is practical over the cooling fins behind the refrigerator.
I did not draw in the fans.
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Old 06-22-2006, 05:57 AM   #396
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I figured out that I can draw something and then take a picture of it....duh!
Here it is.
The dotted line is supposed to be the deflector that channels the airflow as close as is practical over the cooling fins behind the refrigerator.
I did not draw in the fans.
Uwe, that's a great help. I'll work on that today.
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Old 06-22-2006, 08:46 AM   #397
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...The Biscottie vent inserts are make of hard rubber foam. They use to be a garden knee pad. The airplane referance is to a 1959 Bonanza the my wife and I had for 18 years. There are a bunch of stories there. We had hard foam pads that went into the front air vents etc, to keep the birds from making nests in the engine compartment. Bird nests can ruin a pilots day.
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Oh, you mean "cowl plugs". yes, I'm quite familiar, having picked a few birds nest out of airplane engines, myself. had one in the tail cone, once. now THAT was horrifying to get out. after that, we made it a habit to plug both ends.

I guess I was confused, as I thought the point of those plugs was to keep stuff out of the vent without disrupting air flow.
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Oh, you mean "cowl plugs". yes, I'm quite familiar, having picked a few birds nest out of airplane engines, myself. had one in the tail cone, once. now THAT was horrifying to get out. after that, we made it a habit to plug both ends.

I guess I was confused, as I thought the point of those plugs was to keep stuff out of the vent without disrupting air flow.
Chuck, you are probably familiar with this one too. The only thing worse than birds are mud dobbers. Do you still fly?
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Chuck, you are probably familiar with this one too. The only thing worse than birds are mud dobbers. Do you still fly?
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oh, yeah. had one in the pitot tube once...nest was half way between there and the airspeed indicator. whole thing had to be pulled out and replaced. he couldn't just plug the opening. noooOOOOooo! .

anyway...nope, haven't flown in a while. maybe when I hit the power-ball.
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I decided the truck need a full break job before we left for the Silver Falls, Or. Rally. Spare time, What spare time.
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Thought I'd throw in a picture of the "Flying Cloud in Waiting".
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I decided the truck need a full break job before we left for the Silver Falls, Or. Rally. Spare time, What spare time.
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OK, Don, there's an honest hour's worth of work there, what about the rest of the day? Napping?
That Cloud should be well in progress by now.
Just kidding!
Glad you're taking safety first!
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OK, Don, there's an honest hour's worth of work there, what about the rest of the day? Napping?
That Cloud should be well in progress by now.
Just kidding!
Glad you're taking safety first!
Progress is a state of mind.
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OK, Don, there's an honest hour's worth of work there, what about the rest of the day? Napping?
That Cloud should be well in progress by now.
Just kidding!
Glad you're taking safety first!
I used to wander out to the garage and see Don's legs sticking out from under the vehicles and figured he is working... see once I spoke to him and startled him and he hit his head... so I try not to "sneak" up on him while under a vehicle. However, one day I decided after many years of marriage to see what he was doing "under there" ~ lo and behold he WAS NAPPING!!!! Now that doesn't move the "honey-do" list along very fast....
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I used to wander out to the garage and see Don's legs sticking out from under the vehicles and figured he is working... see once I spoke to him and startled him and he hit his head... so I try not to "sneak" up on him while under a vehicle. However, one day I decided after many years of marriage to see what he was doing "under there" ~ lo and behold he WAS NAPPING!!!! Now that doesn't move the "honey-do" list along very fast....
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Brakes are done. Seal a few more outside seams. And we are on the road. Silver Springs here we come.
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