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I was thinking of building a beer cooler for my deck but would like to use my zone 4 climate to my advantage. I'm going to use some form of water sawdust (pykrete) mix. Does anyone have any experience building this type of structure...I know there was a cooler built by a uvm professor but it's very large. I will place it on my north side of my house that receives no sun in the summer.
 
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Some friends took one similar to this to Burning Man.
http://www.permaculture.co.uk/readers-solutions/electricity-free-terracotta-fridge
 
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Location? (consider adding your location to your profile)

Zone 4 US may be too humid for that terra cota thing to cool enough unless you like luke warm beer.
 
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If you're going with pykrete, you might think about freezing it in blocks and storing them in an ice house. Just bring out as you need and place in a normal cooler. That way you would have more choice as to where/when you use it and it might last longer into the warm season. If you were to construct the cooler from only pykrete, I would worry about the thing getting misshapen as it would melt faster in some places vs others. Plus there is the problem of fishing beers out of the sawdust/melt water mixture.
 
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