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Probably worth revisiting once per year. This is season #4 on the wine box. It was 103 degrees in the garage and 65 degrees in the box. Still working like a champ. No changes since I first made it, besides adding a handle made from left over metal and a horseshoe.

Thats an awesome job on the cold box, inspiring me to try and build one. Whats that black threaded pipe in the back? Propane heater?

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This picture, temp probe with some sort of piped in gas light?

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Norcal,

Thanks again for this thread as it's what gave me the ideas for the room I built last June. Like yours, mine is humming along like a champ. So simple and relatively inexpensive, but efficient and perfect for the task. Well done.
 

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@Smok1, it's me simply entertaining myself building stuff. Black pipe and parts out of the scrap bin at work, the gauges are working, and accurate thermometers and the Edison lights are functional.

 

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Great project indeed NorCal.

I'm in the planning stages for something similar.

What are the dimensions of your cold box?
 

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I'm so disappointed in photo-bucket for discontinuing their policy for linking pictures. I wish I had the time to to back and reload all the pictures in this thread, as I know more than a few have built their own box, with the help of this thread.
We are having one heck of a hot summer. The garage temp is reaching 105 degrees, the little wine box is plugging away and is keeping my temps between 65-69 degrees.

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Is there an available link to the WineMaker Mag article? Not at detailed, but it might be helpful.
 

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Is there an available link to the WineMaker Mag article? Not at detailed, but it might be helpful.

I tried looking for that article before as well. Was not able to pull it up. I pay for a subscription too. But I would have needed to actually purchase that specific back issue to view it. That goes for both hard copy and online.
 

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I got out the saws and nailers last week. I'm not building anything wine oriented but rather a roof over the grill area where I cook the food that requires wine consumption. There used to be 4 umbrellas covering that space. All of which bit the dust with one gust of wind. (plus 4 more in an other area of the deck). As you can see there is plenty of shade. The roof is to keep crap out of the food and drink. I got all the lumber except the posts for free from a deck demolition.The steel roof and lights go up this week.




 

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Have you ever noticed an increase in your electric bill since building?
 

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Have you ever noticed an increase in your electric bill since building?
Yes. I actually measured the power consumption. It runs 6 months out of the year and total cost for the year is under $100, so $15-$20 per month for the months that it is working.

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