What to do with the TOP freezer in my curing chamber?

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vernonjesseadams

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Hey everyone, im new to the site and have a question, i built a curing chamber with temp and humidity controllers that regulate it with a work light ( for heat) ,cool mist humidifier ( for RH rise) and a small computer fan to move air at the bottom of the fridge. my question is this;
the fridge has freeze at the top what should i do with this? should i try to remove some of the divider between the freezer and fridge? ( think the cooling coils are in there) add another fan to remove the air from the freezer? or just leave it alone?
Worried about stagnant air in there contaminating the fridge while curing/Aging.

thanks in advance
 

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If it’s a two door leave it and use it for storage. If it gets musty drill a hole or two. If it’s a single door with the freezer inside tear it out , and cover any holes with sheet metal.
 

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Hey everyone, im new to the site and have a question, i built a curing chamber with temp and humidity controllers that regulate it with a work light ( for heat) ,cool mist humidifier ( for RH rise) and a small computer fan to move air at the bottom of the fridge. my question is this;
the fridge has freeze at the top what should i do with this? should i try to remove some of the divider between the freezer and fridge? ( think the cooling coils are in there) add another fan to remove the air from the freezer? or just leave it alone?
Worried about stagnant air in there contaminating the fridge while curing/Aging.

thanks in advance


When I had a special Meat Curing fridge, all I did with the freezer section was fill a bunch of big jugs 3/4 full with water & freeze them. Then I'd have them in there for special occasions, Like Cold Smoking Cheese in my MES. This also made it cheaper on electric keeping it filled with those Jugs.
I also would Vac Pack & freeze my special "Expensive" Paint brushes that we use every 3 years to paint the Woodguard on my Log House. Keeps them like new for 15 years now.

Bear
 

mike243

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leave the freezer alone if you are using the unit to cool your meat, filling with water jugs is a fine idea and will help keep temps stable thru out the whole unit. I work on them daily
 

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