Thursday, August 20, 2015

Jack - RIP

It's with a sad heart we need to inform you all of a passing.  Jack, our beloved refrigerator system, has gone on to Refrigerator Heaven (which as I imagine is something like Antarctica with the movie Ice Age running over and over).  Jack had his last breath this morning, followed by a loud ka-clunk and then shut off.  Diagnosis shows that the compressor failed, has seized up and repairing our older Grunert system is not really an option as parts aren't readily available and a replacement compressor just doesn't really exist.  Jack was an organ donor and will be leaving some of his parts to better the lives of others.  3 holdover plates are still in grand condition and we will be looking to use these in conjunction with a new motor / compressor setup.  I'm trying to figure out the differences / benefits / drawbacks of air cooled v. keel cooled systems as we look to replace jack which was a water cooled system (thus we are already plumbed for this should we decide that type of system is best for us).

Please email or call me with any thoughts as this is a time sensitive topic.

We'll miss you Jack - thanks for all the great cocktail ice you provided!


  1. Mussel larvae LOVE the constantly flowing seawater of your water circulation system. Every 6 months without fail I have to unclog mine.

  2. RIP Jack:-( . we are looking at new systems before ours goes out....

  3. RIP Jack:-( . we are looking at new systems before ours goes out....

  4. Excited to hear your resolution. Our refrigeration has been working for 15 years. Nothing like borrowed time! I am sure we will appreciate your research in the near future.

    You are a cruiser now. Eggs do not need refrigeration. Beer does well with purified ice in the glass. I recall a story about warm beer with unpurified ice along a roadside in Costa Rica. I recall the next several days of intestinal distress even more vividly.

    Hope you are having fun! Back to work for the rest of us...