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Title: walk in cooler
Post by: quale on April 28, 2010, 09:52:49 AM
 O0this is a big 12x 28 walk in cooler it is disasembled and ready to move in to your barn has two doors comes with evaporator but no compressor this is in storage and its gotta go 2000 OBO Matt 513 623 1116
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: russfarm on April 28, 2010, 11:44:25 AM
Where are you located?
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: Zach on April 28, 2010, 02:24:51 PM
area code is ohio cincy area.

Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: russfarm on April 28, 2010, 06:43:58 PM
I'm really out of my element here asking about coolers, but here goes.  We have never used a cooler, but were planning on putting a small one in a corner of our *remodeled* show steer barn.  I'm not sure of the size, I could go measure, but for now, I'll say it would fit 3 fat steers comfortably.  What are the recommendations size-wise for what you guys would build/buy for 3-4 steers?  Just curious if we indeed have enough room.  Would we be better buying something like this, or building a moderate one of our own.  It won't be fancy by any means, at least not this year, but something to get us buy until we could afford something nicer. 
If you would build your own and use window air units, how many and btu's, etc?  Something else that scares me is what in the heck do you do say, if you aren't home and your power goes off and your steers are trapped in the cooler?  If you are close by, you could always go home and get them out, but say you are farther away time wise, shouldn't there be some type of door that could open so they could get air?
Sorry for all the questions.  I really want to get rolling on this and get my husband motivated to do something as well, or I'm afraid another year will pass us by  and we still won't have a cooler.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: Zach on April 28, 2010, 07:09:57 PM
I'm really out of my element here asking about coolers, but here goes.  We have never used a cooler, but were planning on putting a small one in a corner of our *remodeled* show steer barn.  I'm not sure of the size, I could go measure, but for now, I'll say it would fit 3 fat steers comfortably.  What are the recommendations size-wise for what you guys would build/buy for 3-4 steers?  Just curious if we indeed have enough room.  Would we be better buying something like this, or building a moderate one of our own.  It won't be fancy by any means, at least not this year, but something to get us buy until we could afford something nicer. 
If you would build your own and use window air units, how many and btu's, etc?  Something else that scares me is what in the heck do you do say, if you aren't home and your power goes off and your steers are trapped in the cooler?  If you are close by, you could always go home and get them out, but say you are farther away time wise, shouldn't there be some type of door that could open so they could get air?
Sorry for all the questions.  I really want to get rolling on this and get my husband motivated to do something as well, or I'm afraid another year will pass us by  and we still won't have a cooler.
General rule is 4 feet wide and 8 feet long for each calf
You can build a really good cooler for a lot cheaper then you can buy from cool calf, cool calf has all the bells and whistles and generally are pretty good but can get pricey. Now if this guy has a cool calf, it might be wise to jump on it. Materials + Labor can add up pretty fast
Not sure on the BTU's, however, we ran a cool room all of last summer on a Frigidair Window unit that cost about $420. With a fat calf and 4 feeders it stayed around 65 on a moderate day. I think the room is 20 by 12. Sometimes I ran another small unit with it to keep it at 60.
This is a real threat. Your best bet is to have someone always home and make sure they know if a breaker kicks or the power goes out, they know what to do. A breaker kicked in my house last summer and I didn't know it for about 15 minutes. I opened the door and hot air poured out of there. Cool calf makes a sliding safety door that kicks open if the power goes off. Now another thing I have considered is having the loading dock plastic door flaps deal going on so that way they can just walk out if it gets too hot (If you leave them untied of course)
You can probably find an electrician to rig up something like this as well...


Don't forget that coolers don't grow hair. Rinsing twice a day (Thrice if you can), brushing your ass off, blowing and more brushing, and keeping it dark and cool grow hair.

Excellent post with important questions in it.


Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: russfarm on April 29, 2010, 07:46:01 AM
Thanks so much for your insight.  Alot of valuable info in this post.  We have always been big rinsers and would never rely on just the cooler for hair.  Last year, my son and I were rinsing his steer at least 3x a day, sometimes 4.  He had BEAUTIFUL hair, without the cooler.  We just have always been wanting to try the cooler to see if it  helped any.  I've seen steers that have come from coolers, and had not been rinsed like ours, and didn't have near the hair we did.  Makes you feel good when your efforts pay off in the end!
Thanks again for your help!
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: JCFAMILY on April 29, 2010, 04:10:50 PM
TRUST ME BUY A COOL CALF. I HAVE TRIED FOR 2 YEARS TO COOL THREE FAT STEERS IN A 15 X 15 SPRAY FOAMED ROOM. I SPENT MORE MONEY THAN WHAT A COOL CALF WOULD HAVE COST.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: Zach on April 29, 2010, 04:13:23 PM
spray foam...
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: JCFAMILY on April 29, 2010, 04:16:10 PM
SPRAY FOAM INSULATION.  SORRY!
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: Zach on April 29, 2010, 04:30:50 PM
I get that, that was probably your problem. I'm not sure what we used for insulation but the Amish people use the same stuff to keep ice through the summer from the winter time, thats how good it is.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: JCFAMILY on April 29, 2010, 04:50:47 PM
WHAT WAS MY PROBLEM? I HAD SPRAY FOAM IN IT WHILE I WAS TRYING TO COOL IT WITH A SWAMP COOLER.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: Jill on April 29, 2010, 06:05:45 PM
A cool calf unit is an air conditioning system, a swamp cooler isn't, it has nothing to do with the foam.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: JCFAMILY on April 29, 2010, 07:07:47 PM
What are you talking about? Foam has nothing to do with it.
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: quale on April 30, 2010, 12:04:58 PM
this cooler is sold they are suposed to pick it up saturday thanks   JC FAMILY THIS IS A CLASSIFIED POST IF YOU DON'T WANT TO BUY IT .........WHY WOULD YOU COMMENT OH I FORGOT THIS IS THE INTERNET AND ALL IDIOTS ARE ALLOWED.....AND TO BAD YOU WASTED YOUR MONEY DON'T MESS WITH OTHER PEOPLES MONEY
Title: Re: walk in cooler
Post by: JCFAMILY on April 30, 2010, 12:12:24 PM
MY MONEY WAS NOT WASTED BUT WHOEVER BOUGHT YOUR COOLER WAS!