Sup, peeps. I was drooling over N. villosa pics today, and since I had planned on not doing CP's in college (due to space) it dawned on me that N. villosa really wouldn't outgrow a small freezer for a long time, and since it's something I've always wanted to do, I'm seriously going to do it once I get settled in college.
I was thinking of using a small chest freezer, then my mother recommended an electric cooler or a wine cooler. I found this one and it seems like it would get down to 40 degrees every night, for the same price as a small chest freezer, but it's quiet, and since it would be on 8 hours a night (sleeping time) that would be a definite plus. It's only 10 gallons, but it'll take a long time for N. villosa to outgrow that, and certainly by the time I'm out of college (and have more space for a larger freezer), right? The wine coolers I found online looked very sexy, but didn't really get as cold as I'd like. I think the lowest I saw was like 46. I'd ideally like to get down to 40 degrees every single night.
The cooler looks a LOT easier to modify that a fridge. I could cut holes in the lid for the cords, and easily cut out a rectangle, silicone glass over it from beneath, and easily place a 20 inch PC fixture holding one 96 watt PC over it. I wouldn't even have to remove the lid. Well, I'm ASSUMING the lid is plastic. I don't actually know. I'm assuming "UV inhibitors" are additives to plastic making it suitable for outdoor use.
I'm not going to college until this fall, and I won't do anything until I'm settled in and in the routine of college life, but I am going to do this without a doubt. Probably within the next 12 months. What do you guys think of this cooler? Should I buy a real freezer instead? Don't real freezers like drip water from condensation on the coils and/or leak? I just had a thought. Could the PC light melt the plastic lid?
If I buy everything new, It shouldn't cost more than 450 excluding shipping on the cooler unless I can find it locally, two thermostats, a fan, and the lighting. I can save a bundle finding a used chest freezer for like 50 -75 bucks but all of the cutting metal and removing the lid seems like a big hassle and a failure waiting to happen. On the other hand, I could probably get more space than 40 quarts with a real freezer (but would I need more? ) But would it be noisy? I could probably fit 2-3 N. villosa in there, N. lamii and maybe something else since they grow so ungodly slow. Would N. aristolochioides work, is it 40 too cold? It may grow too fast anyway. I'm really expecting N. villosa to only be about 4 or 5 inches after 5 years or so.
Oh, here's the cooler I had in mind. http://www.igloo-store.com/product_d...R=thermotravel
Well, I appreciate any input! I'm definitely going to do my research (not that there's too much to read) before I do anything. I've got plenty of time.