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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    FYI, there are devices used by homebrewers that allow you to use a freezer at refrigerator temps. Basically turns a freezer on and off with a separate thermostat.

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickMarq View Post
    The mediamarkt in Belgium did not sell these, but before I was searching for refrigerators and no freezers, there is no major price difference, so i知 going to by a small freezer. And found one

    The vernacular for freezer and refrigerator does not always depict the profound differences. As a rule shop by specifications. From Kodak.

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    EU models closely resemble NA market, most likely from a similar source

    With similar pricing before VAT or use tax
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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    How much do you want to spend, 」5, 」10?

    You could get a second hand one for very cheap,

    Or you could get a not so cheap drinks cooler for somewhere under 」75

    Then there is something like the Husky drinks cooler for a bit more which you could pull the shelves out of, but that 」100 will probably have to be replaced within a couple of years.

    Or you could search around and get a single door commercial drinks fridge for about 」400.

    At the moment I have a Husky beer cooler with the shelves pulled out which contains my film in several small "Really Useful Boxes".

    I am going to get this one soon as I can store my film and some boxes of 12x16 should fit inside, It is much more expensive but it will be better made and I think it will be much more reliable than a normal house style beer cooler:
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/NEW-SINGL...Y/192587448122

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Woodbury View Post
    Problem with the little freezer units inside little frigs is that they are not frost free. Of course, you don't want frost free anyway, because to bem frost free, the frig goes through a heating cycle. The issue with the frost, ice, is that if you don't clean it out occasionally, then the ice will crush anything in there, even film boxes. It's pretty dry where I live, so a de-icing every couple years is fine. Keep an eye on your ice levels.
    I am pretty sure that my chicken and frozen pizzas do not defrost when the freezer is cycling. Do you have a reference for damage to film in frost free freezers?
    The Conservators of Fine Arts and Material Culture at the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center and other conservators e.g. the American National Park Service recommend a frost free freezer unit.

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    This may not be helpful for the EU, but a google search for "freezerless mini fridge" gets lots of hits from Amazon, Walmart, Home Depot, Wayfair, Best Buy, Target and others. Here's a "best freezerless refrigerator" article: https://www.remodelormove.com/best-f...-refrigerator/
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/drew_saunders/

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by cowanw View Post
    I am pretty sure that my chicken and frozen pizzas do not defrost when the freezer is cycling. Do you have a reference for damage to film in frost free freezers?
    The Conservators of Fine Arts and Material Culture at the Rocky Mountain Conservation Center and other conservators e.g. the American National Park Service recommend a frost free freezer unit.
    Yeah, self defrost refrigerators can really dehydrate lettuce but a sealed film box no problem. In the old days there was a evaporator in the single compartment refrigerator. Gravity convection, just like an icebox. There was room inside for a couple ice cube trays. The evaporator was, depending on the refrigerant minus 25ーF. Opening the door, moisture would condense and freeze on the evaporator, eventually you would need to take the food out and let the frost melt off the evaporator.

    Today the marketing and sales people have convinced us we need 27 cubic foot refrigerator freezers. Air is blasted around the unit, the evaporator (s) have ice build up until a 500 to 700 watt heater comes on ,during the night, the ice is melted and drains into a evaporation tray, under the refrigerator, where the condenser (the hot side) and fans evaporate the water.

    Today modern refrigerators use about 20 % of the energy they did 40 years ago. If you don't have a lot of door openings, the defrost cycle will not occur. A simple bottom freezer refrigerator is a good choice. Most service problems are with the ice makers, and ice and water delivery systems, ice crushers etc. Simple is better.

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Quote Originally Posted by PatrickMarq View Post
    Hi all,

    Last week I got the message from my partner that our refrigerator is for vegetables and not filmboxes.

    So I知 looking out for a small hotel refrigerator.
    When looking at the internet I have found several models, but they all have none or a small freezer compartiment. I live in Belgium

    So is this important, i知 buying normal only Kodak Ektar, Kodak Porta and Ilfort. These are now quite easy to get. And normally I have 5 boxes of each ready.

    Thanks
    Is your partner in consultation with my partner? I think they are. My new film freezer will 'have to be shared" with frozen food and stored in 'my' darkroom.
    I need to keep the footprint small, so a chest-type freezer won't fit; this is what I came up with in the USA (perhaps there are similar models in the EU).

    https://www.avantiproducts.com/products/id/767

    I prefer the non-defrost type of freezers; I don't trust the effects on film of the cyclical drops in temperature in the self-defrosting models. I have no proof that it damages film.

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    MY bottom freezer is set for 0 degrees F. I think it actual stays around 6 degrees F. I haven't noticed any meat or other frozen stuff ever less then brick. I'm not an expert. But I guess the defrost cycle is long enough to eliminate frosting on the coils but short enough not to affect the freezer contents. The problem I;m having now after a storm knocked out power for 4 days is that the refrigerator shelves and plastic keeps getting frosted up. Even after a few days since the power came back. Can't figure out why that's happening. ANy ideas?

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    Re: A refrigerator for storage

    Yes, chest freezers are much more energy efficient and will do nicely for film.

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