New project started..need suggestion on insulation

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by desertloper, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. I have a late 50's early 60's IH Fridge.  Its been all all torn down and I am in the process of rebuilding.

    I took out a considerable amount of yellow fiberglass insulation.  It had gotten wet and was a bit musty.

    What insulation is safe to put back in..can I get jut anything from the home centers?  I've seen a few threads which talk about rock wool or mineral insulation....does anyone have specific examples or experience with these types of insulation?

    Thanks for the help!
     
  2. Last edited: Feb 19, 2011
  3. Hey desertloper, welcome to SMF, rock wool will work but it's not the best, do you have a plumbing and heating supply for contractors in your area, if so they can probably recommend what you could use.

    Also I just read a thread here today where someone made a smoker out of the same fridge, you might want to check it out, he used a type of insulation I'm not familiar with and said it was low cost.

    Gene
     
  4. I'm starting to wonder if this actually needs to be insulated $$$$  1/2" thick ceramic insulation runs $3.00+ a foot. I have also found http://store03.prostores.com/servlet/buyinsulationproducts/the-368/Mineral-Wool-Board/Detail

    Its looking like these are the best options available.  I was suggested the ceramic insulation at a custom fireplace/stove store (which has a lot of great things for a smoker build).  Its looking like insulation is going to run $60-150..more than I had expected.

    Is this par for the course?
     
  5. tom37

    tom37 OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well, I can tell ya that I always start with a budget for a build and I ALWAYS go over. 

    If you insulate the frig, you are going to have a rig that is a dream to run. VS. One that is not insulated, that takes constant attention to keep the temps in the correct range. 

    I would suggest that even if you had to hold off on the build for a month or so, until you can afford the extra expense. That it will be well worth the wait. 

    In my clone build I plan to use the same stuff that you posted the link to in your last post. 

    Good Luck and pls keep us up to date with your progress.
     

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