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Old 11-04-2019, 09:24 AM   #1
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Norcold fridge - what's the propane draw ?

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I'm curious how much gas my (older) Norcold N611 6cu.ft. fridge will use, if I change it over to propane use instead of running on electric.

I've heard it's more efficient on gas, but can't find any specs for that.

Anyone have any numbers, or at least some idea ?

Thanx !

Kent

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Also as an aside, I'd be curious if the new ones, like the N641 replacement, are any more efficient - but that's a secondary question.
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Sorry, I don't have any numbers.

But I do know it doesn't seem to use all that much. Especially if you're not opening/closing it really frequently.

I will run mine on gas frequently to keep it off 110V. I run 2x AC units, so I'll switch everything I can over to gas to ensure there's enough juice for both AC units to be running. The fridge doesn't really draw that much when on AC, but the water heater draws like 11A when that heating element is on.
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I heard back from Thetford about the Norcold N641 fridge :

Operating pressure : 10.5 to 11.5 in. w.c
Heat input : 1500 Btu/h @ 11 in. w.c.

Hmm, have to do the conversion with the Btu/h number.

And even then, it's most likely not running - using propane - all the time.
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Hi,

I'm curious how much gas my (older) Norcold N611 6cu.ft. fridge will use, if I change it over to propane use instead of running on electric.

I've heard it's more efficient on gas, but can't find any specs for that.

Anyone have any numbers, or at least some idea ?

Thanx !

Kent

ps:
Also as an aside, I'd be curious if the new ones, like the N641 replacement, are any more efficient - but that's a secondary question.
I have a Norcold 512, 5.5 cubic feet. I dry camp for two weeks in hot weather every year. My propane is used mostly for hot water (2 showers daily) and the fridge. There is some minimal dish washing. My cooking is done outdoors on a separate tank. I suspect the water heater and fridge use about equal amounts of propane.

My tank is 30 lbs. and when I'm finished camping it's usually about 1/4 full. Your fridge will operate better on propane--I think it provides more energy than the 120V source. If you're ever having trouble cooling things down, be sure to switch to propane.

Hope this helps! Bob
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