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Cold Room in Basement.

Postby Durgan » Aug 30, 2009 8:26 pm

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?WVRGE 30 August 2009 Cold Room Construction

Cold room construction in the utility room in the basement. Purpose is for storing garden produce. Potatoes, carrots, brussels sprouts, beets, etc.

This is the cold room built in my basement. Space was at a premium so I did the the best with what was available.

The floor space is 18 square feet, and 80 inches in height. A four inch outside air vent was installed. The hole was cut with a rental tool. The one plug in the room is split and the light is switched from outside. Paneling was construction grade spruce 5/8 plywood. Insulation of the inside wall is R14, and a vapor barrier was installed on top of this insulation, then covered with5/8 plywood. The roof was insulated in the same manner.

Tables are plastic, the same as I use in my greenhouse. Vegetables will be stored in the common plastic milk containers. The air inlet will be controlled by stuffing a rag in the inlet if it get too cold. The exhaust went is four inches diameter, and is in the roof of the structure. Humidity will be controlled with a pan of water, if necessary.

Time to build about 48 man hours. Started 25 August and finished on 30 August 2009.Cost $565.42 I had some help for about 16 hours.
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Re: Cold Room in Basement.

Postby Lulu » Aug 30, 2009 8:37 pm

Durgan, I understand the vent out the side wall, to bring the cold air in, but, not sure what the theory is for the vent in the ceiling? I know you said it's an "exhaust", but isn't it just going to exhaust the cold air from the cold room, into the rest of your basement?
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Re: Cold Room in Basement.

Postby Marion » Aug 30, 2009 8:46 pm

I have a 4" vent coming into my cold room and am planning to alter it. I once saw it done with PVC pipe. The idea is to create a 4'-5' drop, then a U joint to connect pipe going back up the same distance. At the top, install a baffle- what I saw done was a wooden baffle. Pivots in the middle so you can easily adjust it to slow down airflow. I figure with the way I have it, there is too much air movement, the cold naturally comes straight in and drops and stays on the floor, making the room far too cold at times...with the PVC tubing the cold air would drop but have to warm up a bit to be able to rise in the tube. Should slow down the flow a great deal.
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Re: Cold Room in Basement.

Postby Durgan » Aug 30, 2009 8:55 pm

Obviously some adjustments will be required. I plan on installing a small table fan to mix the air more thoroughly, if required. This Winter the room will be put to the test. I may install a longer pipe inside to bring the air immediately to the floor, but I will see how things transpire. The exhaust vent is to remove the rising warmer air. My temperatures out side are usually around zero,and reaches minus 20 at the extreme, and this is only periodically.
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Re: Cold Room in Basement.

Postby Durgan » Sep 01, 2009 12:22 pm

http://www.durgan.org/URL/?NKLSD 1 September 2009 Cold Room Organized
Some milk carrier container were obtained today, and vegetables stored in the cold room. These containers are ideal for the home gardener; in that, the containers are a manageable size and they are well ventilated.
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Re: Cold Room in Basement.

Postby cathy morey » Sep 05, 2009 3:47 pm

your cold room,lookies great,lotts off room in there.i use milk crates for everthing in my greenhouse,to put pots on,outside for weeding,comes in handy and are free here lol
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