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Old 06-29-2009, 07:22 PM   #1
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What is it and does it matter?

I was cleaning out my fridge fins and also the exhaust tube and the wire I was using got caught on something. After a lot of work it came out but it brought something with it. I'm not sure what it does but it looks like it would be used to make the exaust gases twist as they go up the stack. I'm not sure if I could put it back without taking out the fridge.

Attached is a picture of it. The wire shown with it was attached to it in the pipe. The twisted part was near the flame. Probably within a 6 inches of it.

What if any issues are there in leaving it out?

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Old 06-29-2009, 07:28 PM   #2
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It looks like some homemade gadget. What is the twisty part made from?
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Old 06-29-2009, 07:35 PM   #3
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It`s definately not home made,it goes back in the exhaust tube above the burner,it slows down and swirls the heat for better heat exchange.Put it back,if you want your fridge to work right.Dave
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It's 1/2" wide, 6" long and about .020" thick. Here's a closer picture.

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Any ideas on how to get it back in? Can I disconnect the pipe from the burner and try to put it in from the bottom?
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It should go right back in just like it came out. If it gets stuck, try rotating it slowly. It needs to be in place for the fridge to distribute the exhaust heat properly.

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OK, now I have a question. Do I have one of those things hanging down my refer exhaust? I've never looked.
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The whole burner assembly is right below the tube,that would have to be removed,which isn`t that easy,also the little bend on the top of the difuser needs to hook on top of the tube to have the difuser the correct height above the burner.??? Pull the fridge.Dave
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OK, now I have a question. Do I have one of those things hanging down my refer exhaust? I've never looked.
If you have a Dometic ,yes,that`s the only brand I have torn apart.Dave
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My Dometic isn't original to the TradeWind so I'm not sure if you have one or not but I'll bet yours is similar.

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Old 06-29-2009, 07:57 PM   #11
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How it came out was not pretty. Lets just say it was one of those:

1. It's getting dark.
2. I've been working on it for hours.
3. Either it's coming out or something is going to break.

If I can't get it back in and the fridge doesn't work the wife is going to believe that I planned it because I've been talking about getting a new fridge for awhile.

Of course I wouldn't do that!! See "new riding mower, compound miter saw, etc."
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I learn something everyday. My refer is the original 1960, and based on 2b's experience, I'm not going looking for that little device.

2b, I hope all works out well.
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I learn something everyday. My refer is the original 1960, and based on 2b's experience, I'm not going looking for that little device.
If your fridge is working fine, why would you?

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Old 06-29-2009, 09:00 PM   #14
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Snowball.

It was one of those snowball effects. While up on the trailer I noticed that the fridge vent cover was broken so I ordered a new one from Vintage Trailer Supply.

The fridge never worked really well. It made what I would call soft ice.

After removing the old cover I was looking up from the bottom saw that there was a ton of leaves and junk along with a hornets nest in the cooling fins. I was cleaning them out thinking that this would improve the performance and decided to clean out the exhaust while I was at it and the rest is history.

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