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Old 01-23-2016, 10:36 PM   #1
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Condensation in pantry next to fridge

Camping in Foley, Alabama. The nights have been cold 30 degrees going down to 28 tonight. We have been here for a week and the condensation has been building each day. Tonight the pantry walls next to the refrigerator were dripping wet, cereal boxes absorbed most of the water. Does anyone have ideas to reduce condensation or experienced condensation on cabinet walls next to fridge?
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:47 PM   #2
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Keep all cabinet door open might help, dry z air can also help I would say.....keep vent and a window slightly open....running out of idea..:-)
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:56 PM   #3
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[QUOTE=homer1959;371018]Keep all cabinet door open might help.

X2 and I run a dehumidifier.
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Old 01-23-2016, 10:57 PM   #4
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You either have to increase flow of air through the rig by running a vent fan somewhere or get a dehumidifier. The problem with running a vent would obviously be trying to keep warm while circulating in fresh air. The problem with most dehumidifiers is the noise. I've had several dehumidifiers through the years and I've only found one that's quiet enough for me. The brand is Soleus but the problem with them is their reliability is terrible. One lasted me for two years and the next one only lasted a year. But man, they were very quiet and they kept the humidity under control very nicely. So good luck in your quest.
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Old 01-24-2016, 01:48 PM   #5
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Thank you all. Left the doors open as well as vent and a window. Much less condensation today
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Old 01-25-2016, 08:51 PM   #6
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In the pantry next to the fridge it's likely the only thing separating the warm moist interior from the cold dry outside is probably a 1/8" piece of paneling. Whenever warm moist air meets a cold surface there will be condensation due to the surface being below the dew point of the interior air.

Circulation helps. Insulation may help a little. Reducing the interior relative humidity will help a lot. That's basically what you are doing with increased circulation. A dehumidifier does the same thing a lot better. Also, you can try to limit the amount of humidity you add to the air. Things like boiling water, hot showers without the exhaust fan running and breathing are what add most of the humidity. Additionally, if you are using any kind of unvented propane heat source it will add massive amounts of humidity.
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I would agree, there is probably no insulation between the outside frig access and the pantry.

Long term fix could be slip a little pink foam insulation board inside the frig access panel along that wall. It could be hard to do, might need a few pieces, and seal the jionts.
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I would agree, there is probably no insulation between the outside frig access and the pantry.

Long term fix could be slip a little pink foam insulation board inside the frig access panel along that wall. It could be hard to do, might need a few pieces, and seal the jionts.
And you have to be careful what you put in there and how you install it as some parts of that area can get pretty hot.
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I had an issue like this on another cabinet in my 5'er. Turns out there were vent stacks running from the floor to the roof and the holes were about 1" around larger than the pipe with no insulation. I plugged it with a can of window spray foam and that reduced it significantly.

Check for any holes in the floor and plug them up.
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Again, be careful. Spray foam is very flammable and the propellant gasses released when applying are even more flammable.
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