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Old 01-23-2019, 11:42 PM   #14961
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Babock, I started looking into electronics to support my fan, or look for a variable speed fan. I thought, maybe spin it slower in standby mode, then to ramp up when the cooling cycle was active. Decided to keep it simple for 3 reasons. Fan draws so little, the gains would be minimal. I also thought the supporting elctronics would draw almost as much as the power savings. (My “engineering” skills are not the greatest....LOL) Lastly, just keep it simple-less things to break.

This fan is rated for 100,000 hours, so even if it last half that long, I doubt I will see it die off. That is why I bought 2....LOL!
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Old 01-23-2019, 11:47 PM   #14962
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rockfordroo, I noticed a lot of uneven cooling before I added the fan when the fridge was really full. This seemed to fix that.
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:41 AM   #14963
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Babock, I started looking into electronics to support my fan, or look for a variable speed fan. I thought, maybe spin it slower in standby mode, then to ramp up when the cooling cycle was active. Decided to keep it simple for 3 reasons. Fan draws so little, the gains would be minimal. I also thought the supporting elctronics would draw almost as much as the power savings. (My “engineering” skills are not the greatest....LOL) Lastly, just keep it simple-less things to break.

This fan is rated for 100,000 hours, so even if it last half that long, I doubt I will see it die off. That is why I bought 2....LOL!
Since I am already designing the controller board to do a few more things that are more complex, why not adjust the fan and save a little power that way. I will also likely put the controller to sleep at times to reduce power for the controller board itself.
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Old 01-24-2019, 11:25 AM   #14964
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Ray check the refrigerator rubber door seal for damage, refigeror door not closing tight all the way around or if it is dirty leting moist air to leak into refrigerator. Is the drain tray under the the evaperator fins drain pluged? Moisture from the air takes a lot energy to remove it from the fridge. This makes it run longer and can cause it to freeze up. Is the fridge temp set to low?

Hope this helps Tim

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I'll check those things again in the spring when I'm getting set up again. I defrosted it after it happened and it seemed good for the last 3 or4 weeks it was on before shutting it down for the winter. I have remote digital thermometers in both the freezer and fridge and try to keep the fridge around 37 degrees.



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Old 01-24-2019, 11:50 AM   #14965
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Last year, toward the end of the season, my fins iced up big time with cakes of ice and I'm not sure what caused i since I've never gotten more than some frost on them.


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Was it a warm humid day? More humid than you would normally camp in?
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Old 01-24-2019, 12:33 PM   #14966
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rockfordroo, I noticed a lot of uneven cooling before I added the fan when the fridge was really full. This seemed to fix that.
Yes, that's exactly why people use fans. Without the fan, when the fridge "turns off" you can get stratification. When it starts up again, you should get cool air dropping and warm air rising, but it's due to natural flows, which can be slow and/or impeded by stuff in the fridge. The fan improves this flow and keeps it moving all the time.
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Old 01-24-2019, 04:24 PM   #14967
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Was it a warm humid day? More humid than you would normally camp in?

I don't think so, it wasn't all in one day. I think it started with a little ice on the fins and then snowballed from there over a couple weeks.


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Old 01-24-2019, 05:02 PM   #14968
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This has been in the median of the interstate for a few days. Interesting item is no frame. I am not sure if it blew off or frame came off during tow truck recovery efforts. The stuff you see on our interstates

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Old 01-24-2019, 06:51 PM   #14969
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Babock, sounds interesting!
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:23 PM   #14970
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Babock, sounds interesting!
I have the controller and some serial temp sensors. Now just have to find some time to do it. Thought I would have way more time being retired. Now I am training for a century bike ride in a month!
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:33 PM   #14971
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Way cool. Just retired recently as well. Know what you mean about time. I didn’t realize I could work so hard at hardly working.....lol!
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Old 01-25-2019, 11:15 AM   #14972
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Absolutely nothing. Can't hardly see it out my back windows from the whiteout!
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:15 PM   #14973
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Booked like 15 nights of camping "for" it. My CC bill is going to notice. Future-me will be happy.

Ludington state park (Ludington, mi) fills up impossibly fast. I was on within a minute of when a fri-sun stay opened up 6 months out. Just got spinning wheels until nothing available. Just insanity....
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:40 PM   #14974
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I didn't do anything to mine either. I'm busy getting ready for maple sugaring season.
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Old 01-26-2019, 05:44 PM   #14975
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Changed out a low hanging light over the dining table with a flat 1 so I wouldn't hit my head anymore and turned on the fridge to get ready to pack it for a trip next weekend.
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Old 01-26-2019, 09:32 PM   #14976
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I didn't do anything to mine either. I'm busy getting ready for maple sugaring season.
How many trees do you tap?
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I didn't do anything to mine either. I'm busy getting ready for maple sugaring season.

We want to try tapping a few of our maple trees to try out a small batch this year. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out when to tap though. Any advice?


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Old 01-27-2019, 09:03 AM   #14978
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booked 11 3 day weekends in our fav. campgrounds, may to sept. you have to book early to get the sites you want, like aeblank said my CC will feel the pain this month
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Old 01-27-2019, 07:39 PM   #14979
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How many trees do you tap?
I've got 725 taps on vacuum.

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We want to try tapping a few of our maple trees to try out a small batch this year. I'm having a hard time trying to figure out when to tap though. Any advice?


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Watch for a period in the forecast where it's going to freeze at night and get into the upper 30's during the day for 3 or 4 days in a row. That is the best time to tap. Not knowing where you're from I can't put an average start date on it for you. In NH it is usually around March 1st.
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I've got 725 taps on vacuum.



Watch for a period in the forecast where it's going to freeze at night and get into the upper 30's during the day for 3 or 4 days in a row. That is the best time to tap. Not knowing where you're from I can't put an average start date on it for you. In NH it is usually around March 1st.

Thanks! I'm thinking late February, depending on what the forecast looks like. I'm in rural NY state a little less than 2 hours North of the city. Technically we've had some weather with upper 30's in the day and freezing at night already, but there will be plenty more night time freezing through all of February.


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