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    sourcing used cold room panels?

    All,

    Having to relocate the brewery - long story - and will remove condenser and fans from my current cold room which cannot, itself, be moved. Need to build room and insulate (considering) or source cold room panels. Anyone have a good source for USED panels? Or new, less preferably. I am encountering a lot of 'characters' in the cold room world. So far for ~13x20 i'm getting numbers for just panels and door in the $6k range + freight. Trying to see if I can beat that.

    Thanks, Chris
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    Chris Burcher, Wolf Hills
    Abingdon, VA

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    If you think $6k is too much then build it yourself.

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    Barr Refrigeration

    Quote Originally Posted by burcher View Post
    All,

    Having to relocate the brewery - long story - and will remove condenser and fans from my current cold room which cannot, itself, be moved. Need to build room and insulate (considering) or source cold room panels. Anyone have a good source for USED panels? Or new, less preferably. I am encountering a lot of 'characters' in the cold room world. So far for ~13x20 i'm getting numbers for just panels and door in the $6k range + freight. Trying to see if I can beat that.

    Thanks, Chris
    if you are looking for " Used " then Barr is a safe way to go. There are some others at large that you are well advised to stay away from. What needs to be realized about walk in boxes is that putting them together correctly involves " Carpentry." Even when buying from Barr you may be joining some panels or corners that will not have cam locks, but will be sized correctly and pieced in. The other thing about Brewery walk ins is they need some types of reinforcement that are not commonly done in standad kitchen units for example. This is especially true if you have fork lifts around. Putting them together correctly in a manner where they will perform and also not have all kinds of moisture incursion issues if you are in a temperate zone is an art. Anyone can hack job one in. The really good jobs are few and far between. If you have a Refrigeration Mechanic that can look over and speak to the proposal this wil help in large measure. This goes double if the box is a large one. A person who has some experience in assembling this type of thing will be able to tell if the otufit selling it is on the level, as it requires a certain amount of knowledge even to make sale of such things.
    Warren Turner
    Industrial Engineering Technician
    HVACR-Electrical Systems Specialist
    Moab Brewery
    " No Cell Phone Zone."

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    Craigslist. Search as far as you’re willing to drive. Or at least to closest major metro. You can even find them for free if you’re patient. It will take some carpentry though. Nothing too hard if you’re handy. As for sealing it up, spray foam is your friend. Hit any holes or gaps, shave the foam flush and then cover it with 100% silicone caulking. The “metal” color stuff at hd/lowes is great for that.

    Have two big ass coolers off of CL. One free, one delivered to us for less than 3500. Both with mechanical.

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    Buy used locally. We have two we sourced this way, and one was free for hauling it off.

    As for building your own, it can be done--we have one huge cooler we built, but it won't necessarily be any cheaper. The best option for insulation--as it is a 100% moisture barrier if applied correctly--is spray foam. A friend just got an estimate for spray-foam insulation for his "tiny house", about 12 X 25': $6k.

    Don't expect most carpenters/contractors to know anything about building a cooler. Moisture incursion will destroy the structure rapidly if it isn't built absolutely right. Do expect every contractor you speak to to tell you they can do it ("Can-do" attitude is great except when you "can't-do".). Demand references and check up on them.
    Timm Turrentine

    Brewerywright,
    Terminal Gravity Brewing,
    Enterprise. Oregon.

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