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I thought I would share my walk in cooler project with you all. I started with digging a drain ditch that ended with a 2x6x6 hole about 30' away filled with gravel for gray water only and have the drain centered in the building using 2" PVC. I then poured a cement pad and then came back and put one foot footer in (I should have done it the other way around but learning still). Since I was able to acquire some wood I went with 2x8x8 for my walls and 2x12 for my rafters. I used 3/4" plywood for a ceiling, inside walls and roof. I used 7/16 OSB and then covered it with cement board for the outside layer. My building is 8’ X 12’ X 9’ I have R30 in the walls with plus 3 insulation foam board along with a vapor barrier and stuffed the ceiling with all the insulation I saved from my house fire so it is stuffed from the ceiling to the roof. I installed a breaker box to support a 25k BTU AC with a Coolbot thermostat, 4 outlets, and lights inside and out. I installed laminate flooring on my walls so I can spray the walls down. I have to still work on sealing my door up better. I install my 800lb winch and installed 2" I beam that makes a U to hang the deer from on a roller system. I can hold about 20 deer at a constant temp of 37 degrees even in the September heat. Here are some photos.1.jpg

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Thanks all. It is acually a very efficient system and you can make it as small or big as you want. I only notice about a $10 a month differnce in my electric bill when I run it and once I start it for the season I keep it going. I usually hang my deer for 2 weeks also.

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