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Fridge cooled by generator

hobsonstcroix
October 20, 2017 10:19AM

Registered: 9 months ago
Posts: 8

Needing to conserve on fuel and spare our generator from running too many hours, we are trying to come up the best way to maximize run time, fuel and fridge cooling time.

Do you have a schedule you follow to maximize both?

Re: Fridge cooled by generator

ironheadUSVI
October 20, 2017 12:03PM

Registered: 4 months ago
Posts: 134

Freeze bottles of water and move them to the refrigerator part when powered down. Like a giant cooler.

Re: Fridge cooled by generator

LiquidFluoride
October 20, 2017 12:26PM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,924

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hobsonstcroix
Needing to conserve on fuel and spare our generator from running too many hours, we are trying to come up the best way to maximize run time, fuel and fridge cooling time.

Do you have a schedule you follow to maximize both?

If you aren't getting into your fridge often you only need to run it for like 4-6 hours a day.

Freezing bottles during that time and moving them to the fridge is an excellent idea. (I do it will gallon jugs of water, make sure you put the frozen stuff as high as possible in the fridge for maximum effect)

Alternatively there are generators (inverter generators) that run based on load... these save a LOT of fuel but require buying a new generator.

You can buy portable solar generators as well that would power your fridge for "free" during the day.

I use a mixture of all these techniques for my house smiling (except my generator is not cooperating... so I don't run that much anymore).

Re: Fridge cooled by generator

STTsailor
November 02, 2017 03:17PM

Registered: 1 year ago
Posts: 448

What are portable solar generators?
Brand?

Re: Fridge cooled by generator

LiquidFluoride
November 03, 2017 10:00AM

Registered: 4 years ago
Posts: 1,924

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STTsailor
What are portable solar generators?
Brand?

Here's a few:
[www.jpost.com]


I don't know anything about them other than that they exist.


My Briggs and Stratton Q6500 inverter generator powers my fridges from 5pm to 7am and uses about 2-2.5 gallons of gas over that time period (plus it's surprisingly quiet).

The upfront cost was high, but it's been very nice to work with. I can run two days on 1 tank of gas with the way I'm currently using it.

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