I just scored a free chest freezer. It says 2.8 Amps, so that's only around 300 Watts, right? Piece of cake for either of my Honda EU gennys.
But I would rather not have any genny running 24/7.
This freezer cooled down from 60 F to Minus 10 F in two hours. Very impressive. So... once it is cold, and the contents are cold, it should not need to run very long at the time to maintain cold.
I figure that if I insulate and shade the freezer well enough, I can get away with running the genny manually for a short time just a few times a day. But how to add insulation to the thing? It says "FREE STANDING OPERATION ONLY" on it. That makes sense -- the heat needs to get out somewhere. But where does the heat get out?
On a refrigerator, there is a heat-exchanger coil on the back. This coil must not be covered, or even be too dusty, because that's where the heat gets out. But I see no such coil on the freezer. (I looked under it too.) All I see is the compressor, which sits by itself in a corner cubby-hole, exposed to the outside.
When all the air inside this thing changed from 60 F to Minus 10 F in two hours, what path did all that heat follow out of the thing???
Yes, ice cream. Lots of ice cream. Ice cream ALL week. At Kinetic Cab Company.