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How To Make A Nonelectric Iceless Fridge

Meats, fruits, vegetables, milk, and butter will all stay chilled in an ice-free refrigerator. Both construction and operation are extremely inexpensive. The general outline of how to make it is provided in the instructions that follow. Make the refrigerator useful for your area by using materials and knowledge from the neighborhood.

Create a wooden frame that measures approximately 140 cm (55 inches) in height, 30 cm (12 inches) in width, and 35 cm (14 inches) in depth. If at all possible, cover it with hardware cloth or screen wire that won't rust. If you can't find such wire, you can use branches or woven grasses. The bottom of the frame could be solid, but the top should be covered in wire. Make a door for one side and hang it from leather thongs or hinges. Use a wooden button or latch to secure it.

Lightweight wooden frames covered in poultry wire mesh, woven grass, or other plant material can be used to create adjustable shelves. Attach side braces to these shelves.

The shelves and woodwork should be painted. In the event that this is not feasible, coat the wooden components in cooking, coconut, or linseed oil and allow them to dry for a few days before using.

Create a cover for the frame out of burlap, flannel, or another heavy, coarse material that absorbs water. Place the fabric's smooth side on the outside. Button the cover down the side where the door opens and around the top to the frame. Use large-headed tacks and eyelets, buggy hooks and eyes, or just lace cord through the worked eyelets.

Put a shallow bucket or pan with a depth of 10 cm (4 inches) on top of the frame. Place the frame in a sizable water container. You should paint both containers. The lower pan should be reached by the bottom of the cover. To the top of the cover, sew four 20-25 cm (8-10 inch) wide doubled strips of fabric. These strips combine to create wicks that dangle into the top pan.

This fridge's operation is straightforward. Keep it somewhere shaded with access to the wind. Maintain a water-filled upper pan. The water soaks the cover after being drawn through the wicks. When the cover is dampened by dipping it in water or spraying water on it, cooling can begin more quickly. The temperature inside the refrigerator drops as evaporation increases.

Last but not least, when the door of an iceless refrigerator is hinged on the side, the burlap or cloth must be pulled out of the water when the door is opened, dripping water on the floor. To prevent this, it is possible to create a door by splitting it horizontally down the middle into two doors, with hinges set at the top and bottom of the refrigerator. The lower and upper doors can be secured with latches. The doors won't open to the side, but up and down.


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