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  1. #1
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    W/I freezer condensate trap

    So where do you place your condensate drain trap on a WI freezer, where the drain goes outdoors in the Northern states, where we have freezing temps in the winter.

    Normally, I run a 7/8” copper line, straight out (with a good pitch and a union) and the trap runs parallel to the outside wall. Everything covered with 1/2'” armaflex and a self-regulating heat-tape. I run a 1 ¼ PVC sleeve thru the wall so I can get the heat tape outside for the trap.

    I have seen traps inside the freezer, and they seem to work OK as well. However, you have to heat the trap year-round this way. On the up-side, the trap can't be vandalized if it's in the box.

    So what do you do? Ice, you can’t answer… you have been out of the NE too long!
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

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    Cool

    I like the way you do it with the 1 1/4 PVC IF YOU NEED TO YOU COULD PUT A TEMP CONTROL for your trap for cold weather

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    Quote Originally Posted by baub View Post
    ...Ice, you can’t answer… you have been out of the NE too long!

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    Where is this outside line draining?

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    IF YOU NEED TO YOU COULD PUT A TEMP CONTROL for your trap for cold weather
    That would mean two heat tapes and a T'stat.- I like to run one from the coil to the outside.

    Where is this outside line draining?
    Pavement, grass, hog pen? It's country here! I have a couple of places that let the condensate drip into a pan for the chickens.

    Ice- it's time to get the snowblower out from the back of the pole barn and service it. Miss the good times?
    Experience is what you have an hour after you need it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by baub View Post

    Ice- it's time to get the snowblower out from the back of the pole barn and service it. Miss the good times?
    One day I'll tell you about an incident I had with a snowblower many years ago.

    I'm glad I don't need to deal with the need for them any more.

    Now I just watch out for the Gators.

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    Quote Originally Posted by icemeister View Post
    One day I'll tell you about an incident I had with a snowblower many years ago.

    I'm glad I don't need to deal with the need for them any more.

    Now I just watch out for the Gators.
    I’ll take the Snow Blowers

    Thank You

  8. #8
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    I have done some before with no trap but used a kazoo tube on the end of drain that they use in transport trucks. That is what a truck box company calls them but there may be anther name then kazoo tube

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    I never put a trap inside the box, always outside. But, I'm in the south.

    I've seen hundreds without traps and no problems. I know what the book says, but....

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