• Post Reply Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic
permaculture forums growies critters building homesteading energy monies kitchen purity ungarbage community wilderness fiber arts art permaculture artisans regional education skip experiences global resources cider press projects digital market permies.com pie forums private forums all forums
this forum made possible by our volunteer staff, including ...
master stewards:
  • Anne Miller
  • jordan barton
  • Pearl Sutton
  • r ranson
  • Nicole Alderman
  • Greg Martin
  • Steve Thorn
stewards:
  • paul wheaton
  • Leigh Tate
  • Mike Haasl
master gardeners:
  • John F Dean
gardeners:
  • Carla Burke
  • Stacie Kim
  • Jay Angler

refridgerator motor as AACT DIY pump? or pond pump?

 
Posts: 8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I have an old Kelvinator. Can the motor be removed to be used in an ACCT or as a pond aeration system? If so how complicated is this process? thanks
 
steward
Posts: 7926
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
329
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Most reefer motors are designed for intermittent use rather than continuous use. A good reefer will only run for a few minutes per day. The motor needs to do some heavy work for those few minutes (run a compressor).

That being said, an old Kelvinator probably has a much more durable motor than a newer one would.
(Corporate logic says "If 99% of our motors outlast the useful life of the appliance, we could get away with a cheaper motor.")

Since the unit is now out of service, I would say to go ahead and use the motor. If it burns out, what have you lost?
If the reefer is old enough (no plastic inside), they make wonderful smokers.
Or, just save the shelves for herb drying, fire pit grills, etc.
 
Posts: 98
Location: BC Interior, zone 5a
1
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
I recommend looking into smog pumps from automobiles, in particular the one from 1988-1997 Ford trucks and vans with the 7.5L engine is a big unit with it's own electric motor.. I've heard of them being used to aerate ponds
 
Jane Morel
Posts: 8
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
@ john polk -
thanks .... by reefer, do you mean the interior of the fridge?
and ... a smoker - I will definitely look that up on the internet... great idea.
 
John Polk
steward
Posts: 7926
Location: Currently in Lake Stevens, WA. Home in Spokane
329
  • Mark post as helpful
  • send pies
    Number of slices to send:
    Optional 'thank-you' note:
  • Quote
  • Report post to moderator
Yes, I meant the interior of the fridge..

I knew a guy who has several old fridges in his backyard. He did his fire in the space where the motor/compressor/etc had been removed.
Laid all the fish on the racks, and let it smoke away.

Burned out old ovens work even better (built for heat).
They are often found for free (keep checking the freebies on craig's list). Just need a truck/trailer & strong back.

gift
 
Rocket Mass Heater podcast gob
will be released to subscribers in: soon!
reply
    Bookmark Topic Watch Topic
  • New Topic