Putting in a new kitchen into my 500sqft cabin. Got the wood cook stove installed. I am now stuck as to where to put a 10 to 15 cubic foot electric fridge. How far away should I put the fridge ? The stove would be cooking all my food and primary heat source. I'm worried about over working the motor/cooler in the fridge if it's to close.
Hi Ellanor; Shouldn't be a problem as long as they are not directly next to each other. I would think 5' away or more would be reasonable.
A piece of rigid insulation (foil faced) could be stood along side to reflect heat away from your fridge, if needed.
You say your cook stove will be a primary heat source ? Consider building a Rocket mass heater in your home as a primary heat source. As your cabin is smaller you could use a J -tube & brick bell arrangement that would have a small foot print. Let it be your primary & the cook stove as secondary. There is a whole forum dedicated to them here at permies.
At one time my kitchen was not arranged the way it is now, and the stove had to be pretty close to the stove. It never hurt anything, but the refrigerator did run a lot. (not like it got up and ran out the front door, but I mean the compressor was constantly running). :-)
I would really try to think of a better spot however to locate either the stove or the refrigerator, or change stoves to a different style.
My wife and I LOVE the 1930's era, and our home is set up for that era, and a wood cook stove would look really nice, but I just do not have the space for a wood cook stove. I say this without jest; my kitchen is as big as your whole cabin (24 feet by 24 feet). So despite the size, we ended up putting a pot bellied stove in our living room, which can be cooked on in an emergency. But our main stove is actually an antique Crawford Gas stove.
Another option is to build a heat shield between the two appliances. I once got a piece of 4 x 8 x 16 gauge steel, and used that to deflect radiant heat from an old coal stove I had.
Our antique gas cook stove:
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