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Old 04-24-2006, 10:01 AM   #1
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Chiller but no cooler

Ok, so it's going to get hot around here in the next few weeks and since I have tanks requiring temps below 24 c I decided to make a chiller.

But I need help. I do not have a cooler or a fridge to cool down the water but I already have a overpowerful pump and tubings and a sound proof box to install the thing in.

The question is : Does anyone have an idea how to cool the water without a fridge. I already thought about placing a coil in a bucket of iced water or something.

Any idea is welcomed.
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Old 04-24-2006, 01:07 PM   #2
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Iced water could work.

Have you tried evaporative cooling? This is usually good for a few degrees.

If you have a well, you could run a closed loop down there. My old high school apparently now uses a ground water cooling system.
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As far as the frig is conserned.. its not desinged to handle that heat load.. the compressor might be undersized or the refigerant charge would be too low (or a combination of both).
If I was serious about building a phase-change cooling system for a tank I would nab a deep feeze compressor from the junk yard and build a system based off it (propane is a good cheap, availible without a licence refegerant that has more then enough capasity) but this type of indevor takes alot of reaserch (part of the reason Ive been absent lately, I stumbled across some phase-change material online)

A ground loop or well loop would work well, but evaporative cooling would be the most sensable option given the lack of specialized knolege/skill to emplement.. dskidmore's advice is right on track
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