A propane fridge is an excellent choice for people who like to camp. If you own an RV (recreational vehicle) you could really have good use of a propane refrigerator.
What’s the best propane fridge?
Unfortunately there are not a lot different propane refrigerators around to buy. One of the absolute biggest and best manufacturer of propane fridges is the company Norcold. Because they are specialized in the field they build really good fridges that can run on propane but also on electricity.
Here’s a powerfull qoute from their website:
Uniquely Designed for the RV Experience.
Built to handle the demands and rigors of the road.
Automatically switches to propane if electricity is unavailable or required for other appliances.
Because Norcold build such great “camplife-specialized” fridges I claim this model to be the best propane fridge on the market!
- You don’t need electricity, it can run on merely propane.
- It can also run on electricity if available, so you can save your gas!
- It’s easy to operate and clean.
- Accepts decorative door panels.
- Well, even if it’s a great propane fridge, it is simply not a regular refrigerator.
- Because it’s a really special made fridge the price tag is a bit higher.
The dimensions are 33 x 24.6 x 23.9 inches and it weighs 69 pounds.
How does a propane fridge work?
A propane refrigerator is a type of absorption refrigerator that uses a heat source which provides energy that drive the cooling process. Ammonia is used as the coolant. Water, ammonia and hydrogen gas creates a continuous cycle for the ammonia.
It works like this:
A burning gas (for example propane) provides heat to the ammonia and water solution in the generator. When the mixture reach the boiling stage of ammonia, it flows into a separator. The ammonia gas flows up into the condenser where it dissipates heat and converts back to liquid.
The ammonia liquid moves to the evaporator where it is mixed with H-gas and evaporates. This produces a cold temperatures inside the refrigerator. Then the hydrogen and ammonia gases flow to the absorber. Here the water collected in the separator mixes with the ammonia and hydrogen gases.
The ammonia and water forms a solution which releases the hydrogen gas. It then flows back to the evaporator. The ammonia/water solution now flows to the generator to repeat the cycle again and again.
This is how a propane fridge works!