Jump to content

Build A 12v Drawer Fridge


Recommended Posts

I'm thinking on my new resto project the helm seat is quite large and made from wood, the old owner housed the gas bottles under the seat........

i'm not doing that obviously and will put the gas bottles out back anyways.

thinking about the dead space under the seat i am thinking about a drawer fridge.

these are ridiculous money to buy so does anyone know how to build 1?

i'd ideally want it to be a compressor fridge due to economincal running on the batteries.

i know alot of compressors are noisy but i'd like it to be as quiet as possible being under my seat

Link to comment
Share on other sites

It's been some 11 years since my time but we made custom fridges on Oysters, really quite simple, a GRP box, lagged on the outside with closed cell foam, a compresser mounted remotely, cooling plate and thermostat inside the fridge, door with door seal.

Look into Frigomatic/Frigoboat systems,  they were pre-gassed and easy to assemble. Assuming they are still making them.

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

The components for a compressor fridge are not much cheaper than buying a complete fridge, the advantage of a homebuilt fridge is that you can usually mount the compressor unit up to 1.5 metres away so if you bulid the fridge in the right place the compressor can be outside the cabin area, when it's hot and the fridge works hardest it pumps out heat into the cabin otherwise and makes the fridge have to work harder.

Years ago I had one of the waeco drwer fridges under the dinette seat on a norman 25 and although it was dear it was a great fridge, the drawer design means all the cold air doesn't drop out when you open it unlike a normal fridge.

Isotherm do the kits and you can take the rivets out of the evaporator plate and carefully (VERY carefully) straighten them out to a flat plate if needed, on my last boat I did this and used the plate as an L shape up the back and top of my homemade fridge cupboard.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

  • Sponsors

    Norfolk Broads Network is run by volunteers - You can help us run it by making a donation

  • Create New...

Important Information

For details of our Guidelines, please take a look at the Terms of Use here.