Using a Mini Fridge in a tent?

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CrashDisco
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Using a Mini Fridge in a tent?

Post by CrashDisco » Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:48 pm

Hey Burners!

I camp in a canvas tent, with an AC to keep it cool during the day. This year, I am thinking about bringing a very small mini fridge for my tent to keep just a few things like sandwich makings; tofurkey, vegan cheese, mayo, mustard, and lettuce. That way I can just use my cooler for drinks, and don't have to worry about muddy water getting into my food. The main things I'm worried about are the heat put off by mini fridges, and if I get a really small fridge, like the ones that only hold a few cans, will it keep my food cool enough? Does anyone have any experience with tent camping with a fridge, or advice for me? Is this a dumb idea?

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Re: Using a Mini Fridge in a tent?

Post by rbgilbert » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:56 pm

You'll definitely get a net heat increase inside your tent. I'd suggest putting the fridge in a separate little tent.

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Token
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Re: Using a Mini Fridge in a tent?

Post by Token » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:04 pm

I've had big fridges, chest freezers, little fridges out there and always just kept them in the shade outside.

They all work just fine as long as your generator runs 24/7 and they are not in the sun.

Now, if you bring it into the tent, you just added a big heater to the tent. Your AC will work much harder so I'd pass on that plan if I were you.

Just get a small fridge that fits under some folding tables and call it a day.

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Re: Using a Mini Fridge in a tent?

Post by BBadger » Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:29 pm

Your refrigerator uses the same refrigeration cycle as your AC, so keeping it inside your tent is like venting the heat exhaust of your AC unit into your tent.
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