Farmers: affordable, money saver & easy to install
Post harvest care tips
To ensure your walk-in cooler is properly fitted to store fruits and vegetables, use wire rack shelving and food grade buckets as storage for your produce. Add a cold room curtain to keep the cold air in and install a light inside the cooler for easier access in the darker hours.
Walk-In Cooler for Bars
Flooring: If you are wheeling kegs in your cooler, a concrete floor or plywood coating over insulated foam will be good to spread the weight load. Be careful if you are using any keg racks with pointed ends – you will want to put extra plywood or metal underneath to spread the weight.
Hunting and Meat Uses
Meat Cooler Construction
Concrete Floor: For our customers who only use their coolers a few weeks out of the year, you can generally use a concrete floor without additional insulation. However, you should still use rigid foam insulation on the walls to reach an R value of at least 25.
Drain: Many of our hunting and meat customers need drainage for blood and spray washing the cooler. While drains are great for capturing liquid, they also can easily pull out the cold air from your cooler. Be sure to use an air tight seal with a cover for any drain, and keep it as small as possible. Keep the drain sealed and covered when not in active use.
Organization: We recommend installing a combination of a gambrel system and butcher's hook setup. And for processed meat, stacking it on some inexpensive wire shelving.
CoolBot for Dairy and Cheese
Cheese Cave Tips
Air Circulation: The amount and rate of fresh air introduced to the cooler affects the oxygen and ammonia in the air as well as the aging process. Our customers have found that the natural rate of opening and closing the door strikes the right balance, but additional ventilation can be added if necessary. Avoid placing cheese directly in the line of air flow from the A/C, as too much direct air can dry the cheese out.
Jennifer Betancourt, head cheese maker at Silvery Moon Creamery says "The CoolBot with conventional air conditioning - This is the rising star of temperature control options! It is a relatively new device that several cheesemakers are utilising with success."
CoolBot for Flowers
Florist Construction Tips
A/C Fan Speed: For most uses, we generally recommend setting the A/C fan speed to high; however, too much air flow on flowers can dry them out. Most of our florists already see an improvement in flower quality vs. conventional walk-in cooler compressors because even on high, we are still blowing less air than the traditional refrigeration systems. However, to decrease air flow even further, you can upsize the A/C and set the fan speed to low.Display Windows: Display windows are a great way to show your customers your beautiful flowers (who doesn’t want to see those pretty petals?), but they are not the best at keeping in the cold air. We need an R value of 25 (standard measure of insulation value) for an efficient cooler, and insulated glass is hardly ever higher than R-1.8! While glass looks great, it is a point of weakness in your cooler’s insulation.
In order to maintain temperatures in your glass display case, you need to increase the number of kilowatts on your A/C unit. If you do have display windows, you should at least double the number of kilowatts recommended for your space.
A/C Placement: We recommend mounting the A/C high up so the base of the unit is at eye level. This allows the cold air to blow out and flow over the product. Additionally, we recommend positioning the A/C so that it is not blowing directly onto the flowers; air flow directly on the flowers can dry them out.
Organization: A well-organized cooler is a more productive cooler. The best floral cooler setups we’ve seen use a combination of wire shelving and food grade non-toxic buckets to keep flowers organised.
Humidity in a CoolBot controlled cooler will be exactly the same as in a conventionally chilled cooler. If you do want to increase the humidity level, you can oversize the air conditioner from the sizing chart. By oversizing the air conditioner from our normal recommendations, the greater surface area of the coolant coils is used to cool the air rather than a high fan speed. With larger air conditioners, our customers can run in the lowest, most gentle fan speed.
Some customers occasionally ask if they can use humidifiers in their rooms with the cut flowers. For sure! However, we generally find that you don’t need it, and the fact that it encourages and facilitates disease in the cold room means you really shouldn’t. If you want to do some quick spritzing on especially sensitive flowers that seem to be getting a bit more air flow than others, then go right ahead. Otherwise, it’s not necessary.
CoolBot for Restaurants
In addition to the suggestions in our General Construction Guide and A/C Selection Guide, our most successful restaurant customers follow a few best practices for a great set up:
- Extra attention to insulation
- Oversize the A/C to keep the cooler extra cool
- Keep door openings to < 6 times per hour
- Install a door light indicating the door is open.
CoolBot for Wine Cellars
- Insulating to an R value of 16 is fine for most basement wine cellars (we suggest a minimum of R25 for most of our other applications, but wine cellars are easy to keep cool)
- Keep humidity level of 50-80 percent for safe wine storage. Most CoolBot Driven coolers maintain humidity levels in this range, so there shouldn't be a need for additional humidification or dehumidification.
- Keep a constant temperature set on your CoolBot and avoid major temperature fluctuations
- Make sure your cellar floor does not have direct sunlight
- Use wine racks to keep bottles on there side
- Be sure to check the recommended cellar time on the bottle label, or ask the wine store or vinyard for a recommendation.