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Updraft to sidedraft conversion

I have an opportunity to purchase from a private party a nearly new mastercool unit. They went with AC instead. This is an updraft unit and I need to know if I could convert it to a side draft unit. Can the squirrell cage be rotated within the unit. Cap off the updraft opening and cut out an opening to convert to a sidedraft? Maybe there is a conversion kit available? Are there any other problems with conversion that I wouldn't know about. Thanks for your time and consideration.

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No not a horizontal unit

Posted on Jun 21, 2009

  • azcruzaah May 03, 2011

    Yes, you can convert it to side draft by using 90 degree ducting from the opening. I am assuming that you want to vent it throuh a wall. Actually, with a little ingenuity you could cut a hole in the end of the unit and turn the squirrel cage 90 degrees then cover the old hole with a piece of shee metal. You can also convert an up draft to a downdraft by unbolting the wet section of the cooler and turning it 180 degrees and rebolting with the same four bolts. I have even done this with an old Champion 4 sided cooler (turned it upside down) then closing off three of the sides and fabricating some sheetmetal to accomodate a 12" thick Mastercool pad.

    Just do some brainstorming. You can do a lot to change the configuration of these coolers.

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