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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2016, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
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Deer Cooler

I was wondering if anyone has made a deer cooler. I thought about building a walk in with an air conditioning unit or converting an old refrigerator intalling rod and removing the shelves. Any advisement would be appreciated, just tired of playing with ice when it is warm.

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post #2 of 23 (permalink) Old 09-30-2016, 11:32 AM
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Re: Deer Cooler

The issue with using an air conditioning unit for a cooler is they aren't designed to get below 60-65 degrees. Coolbot makes a controller that is suppose to overcome that limitation. I've never seen one in operation but I thought I pass the info on. Good luck with your project.
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Re: Deer Cooler

I did the old refrigerator thing. Placed a rod through the center with all shelves removed. Also put a rod through where the door shelves were. Had two deer quartered in it at one time. Works great for them warm weather kills.

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Re: Deer Cooler

I used a grocery store style coke cooler. works great for us!








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post #5 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-03-2016, 03:43 PM
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Re: Deer Cooler

4c.... I like how you set that up to hang quarters.

Is the support frame epoxied to the sidewall?

I got a double door fridge cheap, and I like that it has more vertical space to let things hang, but I gotta rig a few rods in there to hang from. I like how you set that up...that looks pretty simple and strong.
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Thanks tdd! The support frames are connected to the inside of cooler via screws that I removed from the side plastic and replaced with new ones long enough to go through the wood and back into the original holes. Plenty strong that's for sure! Your double door fridge will be able to do the same, you'll love it!

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Re: Deer Cooler

The side walls are totally smooth. The shelves hang on brackets on the support strips in the rear and aren't connected to the sides at all.

I think I got enough inspiration from your pics to get me where I need to go, though!

I was looking for just the same kind of cooler you have. Just didn't find one, lol.
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Re: Deer Cooler

I think cspot built one from a deep freezer some time back. There is another option.

Cheap fridges are hard to find since the power company will give 50 bucks for one that works...

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Took a lot of looking, but I got my double-door off Craigslist for $100. Great shape, lots of room. Not sure what I'll do with the freezer side, unless I can get it warm enough to not freeze the meat and can hang on that side too.
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Smart !
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