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Beer Cooler A/C

This is a quick post more for zjr than anyone. I might do another more in depth write up later. This though not a direct Jeep mod, might still be useful to some or at best entertaining to others.


Take any basic cooler and remove the lid. Next take some everyday insulating styrofoam and using two layers cut one panel for the ID (inside diameter) and other panel at the OD.

1. Using duct tape connect the two layers so the the OD layer works as a cap and the ID layer forms a inner lip to the cooler.
2. Using a 12v fan that can be purchased @ any auto parts store or Wal-mart, cut a hole the diameter of the fan. Tape to secure.
3. Now repeat the process using 2" plumbing, a single threaded connector and a 90 degree elbow. Tape to secure
4. Now for a cold source, a bag of ice or preferably frozen 2 liter bottles.
5. Plug the fan in, and enjoy.









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So it ejects a beer out of the PVC elbow? On command???

j/k. Nice idea. Very creative.

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I must be missing something....how does it work?
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So it ejects a beer out of the PVC elbow? On command???

j/k. Nice idea. Very creative.

...give me some time to figure that part out...

This is a perfect project for those who like to camp out of their Jeeps or tent camp but want a little touch of comfort.


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I must be missing something....how does it work?
The fan draws in air and blows it over the ice/ice packs and blows out the 2" fitting as cool air.


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That is so awesome

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Thanks. Between when I replied to the last message, and now I took the cooler out of the attic and built this...
Didn't have to spend a penny...
It pays to have a cooler and a fan already. I used 1" fiberglass duct board (I repair and replace a/c's so it was sitting around), and my output will be the ram air from my snorkel, while running the fishbowl up in the woods...



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I have the same exact fan, but it was too big for the cooler I had on hand. Great idea using the ram air from the snorkel...


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The fan draws in air and blows it over the ice/ice packs and blows out the 2" fitting as cool air.
Nice, so now you can have an a/c on those hot summer nights! Thanks for breaking it down for me!
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Here is my question. If the fan is off or on, obviously the inside of the cooler will be taking in warm air constantly. Please tell me what is wrong with my idea because I dont know much about this stuff.

Take this same concept except:

-Use battery powered fan or drill small hole in cooler for fan wire and ue grommet to fill rest.

-Make brackets and mount fan completely inside cooler.

-Use pipe the same way, except a piece that you can find a cap for and cover when fan is not in use.


I could easily be missing something but to me this would eliminate drawing in warm air. This would keep it more like a cooler when not used as AC, but allow AC function when needed.

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Here is my question. If the fan is off or on, obviously the inside of the cooler will be taking in warm air constantly. Please tell me what is wrong with my idea because I dont know much about this stuff.

Take this same concept except:

-Use battery powered fan or drill small hole in cooler for fan wire and ue grommet to fill rest.

-Make brackets and mount fan completely inside cooler.

-Use pipe the same way, except a piece that you can find a cap for and cover when fan is not in use.


I could easily be missing something but to me this would eliminate drawing in warm air. This would keep it more like a cooler when not used as AC, but allow AC function when needed.
Not really... It has to take are from somewhere to replace the air moving over the ice and out the exhaust. This usually comes from the hot air source outside the cooler. I have the top from the cooler handy, and use it for beer all day, replace the ice and then a/c all night.

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Here is my question. If the fan is off or on, obviously the inside of the cooler will be taking in warm air constantly. Please tell me what is wrong with my idea because I dont know much about this stuff.

Take this same concept except:

-Use battery powered fan or drill small hole in cooler for fan wire and ue grommet to fill rest.

-Make brackets and mount fan completely inside cooler.

-Use pipe the same way, except a piece that you can find a cap for and cover when fan is not in use.


I could easily be missing something but to me this would eliminate drawing in warm air. This would keep it more like a cooler when not used as AC, but allow AC function when needed.
You would need an intake port as well. You have to draw air in from somewhere. The diameter of the intake should be at least the same size of the exhaust. You can cap the both of them off when your not using it. Or you can do what these guys did and take off the fan lid and put the original lid back on when not in use.
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This is actuall a really great idea....
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Actually an alternate design I have seen and even contemplated testing out is using a larger cooler that has a drain plug. Insert a piece of tubing through the plug hole and attach it to a small submersible water fountain pump.

Then using a small tranny inter cooler and a fan, you can essentially create a working loop just like what you see on a vehicle. As the cold water runs through the inter cooler it cools it off and the air from the fan is blown across the inter cooler and is cooled.

This design uses more electricity so its not as camp friendly, unless you have a power source in camp, but at that point, you might as well just bring a small window AC and call it done.


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Or, you could go this route:


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Or, you could go this route:

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Again... If there is power, I can use any of the multiple window units that are sitting in my garage collecting dust. I was looking for an option for no power locations.

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I'll toss mine in the mix. I was sure to pack one water filled, frozen solid 2 liter bottle and a frozen milk jug. I had to add two bags of ice the second day of camping. Not bad considering it in the 90's



Worked awesome the first night but since generators and inverters don't do the best job of recharging the battery pack I didn't get much run time the second night. It did run an hour or two which was plenty long enough to get to sleep and then some. If I could bust the voltage down a bit with a rheostat it might run a little longer. And it could stand to be turned down, it was actually cold in the tent the first night.

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It looks like you have inspired all sorts of knock-offs with this thread:


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BAHAHAHA! That's awesome.

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Or you can buy one of these for $39.95

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That thing looks pretty sweet! Good price too!
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thought i'd seen that idea somewhere before, sporty's pilot shop sells 'em to cool your plane down
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Might have to run down to the hardware store this week to pick up some foam, an elbow, and a smaller fan.

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That's where the idea originally came from, but the idea behind the thread was a DIY version for heller cheaper...


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