Danby and Consul Propane Refrigerators

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DANBY GAS REFRIGERATOR – CONSUL GAS REFRIGERATOR

One of the most popular Propane Refrigerators for off-grid living. This gas refrigerator is Baja proven for over 20 years with excellent results!! We consider this a small propane refrigerator. Made by Consul in Brazil and also labeled by Danby. We offer a repair DVD for those looking to keep these units operating like new for years to come. This unit has a 7.8 cubic foot box and freezer compartment. Removable shelving, molded 18 egg rack, and a battery operated interior light. Three easy glide shelves and large vegetable crisper. European rounded door with recessed handles. Reversible door hinges for left or right hand opening. The temperature control and piezo ignition system is easily accessed on a front panel. Includes a safety shut-off valve. Reversible doors. No electric plugs needed!.This unit has been discontinued by the manufacturer. Please see the EZ Freeze EZ-10 for the most comparable model.

 Danby Consul Propane Gas Refrigerator

Consul CQE22B – Danby DPR2262W

 Specifications
 Overall Dimensions H=57 1/8″ X W=24 1/4″ X D=28″
 Interior Dimensions (Freezer) H=7 1/4 ” X W=17″ X D=13 1/2″
 Interior Dimensions (Fridge) H=35″ X W=20″ X D=17 1/2″
 Refrigerator Capacity 6.7 cubic feet
 Freezer Capacity 1.1 cubic feet
 Color White
 LP Gas Consumption High flame = 1600 btu/hr. or 2.93 gal. per 7 days
Low flame = 700 btu/hr. or 1.28 gal. per 7 days
Average = 1.5 – 1.75 gal. per 7 days
 Hook-up
Buy the Connector
 3/8″ Male Flare Fitting
 Actual Weight 202 Lbs.
 Shipping Weight 220 Lbs
 Service Danby / Consul Propane Gas Refrigerator Service Repair DVD
 Natural Gas Option Conversion kit = $75.00
 Thermometer Option Remote wireless digital thermometer. =$39.95
 Ice Cube Tray Option Aluminum Ice Cube Tray
= $9.99 ea. or buy 3 get 1 free
 Pricing No longer available – See EZ-10

 

Repair DVD for the Danby Consul Gas Fridge

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Danby / Consul Propane Gas Refrigerator Service Repair DVD

The Danby / Consul Gas Refrigerator has been in production for over 30 years using the original designs of the components. With the correct care and gas fridge maintenance, these units have been in service since their introduction to the market. We have repaired hundreds of units and brought them back to life from what the owner considered “dead”. Now we offer our expert repair DVD to show you how we do gas refrigerator repair on the Danby / Consul units. DVD Features Include; Set-up tips, General Maintenance, Lighting Instructions, Cleaning the Burner, Replacing the Thermocouple, Checking Gas Pressure, Leak Testing, Cooling Unit Diagnosis, Cleaning the Flue, Permanent fix for the “Factory Design Flaw” and Much More…
Danby Consul DVD = $49.95 Click here to order the DVD

Danby Propane Refrigerator Comparison Information

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Danby Propane Refrigerator – vs – the EZ Freeze EZ-10

Imported and private labeled by the Danby Corporation, this gas refrigerator is identical to the Consul Fridge. Both made by Whirlpool of Brazil, these units only differed by the name plate on the front door. Production of these units ended in 2012 and are not available anymore. No plans to bring the brand back are on the horizon. Some parts are available and service is still available as well. Our service department continues to repair them for our local customers or those who don’t mind trucking or shipping them to our facility. Others may choose to get outside help by purchasing the Danby Repair DVD. On today’s market a well kept unit is resalable from anywhere between $600.00 and $1000.00. A comparable new model made by EZ Freeze (EZ-10) will sell for $1399.00 on today’s sale marketplace. Both are considered a small propane refrigerator.

With the proper care and maintenance the Danby refrigerators were a great asset to any off-grid vacation home, hunting camp, or full time off-grid home. One of the major draw backs to the Danby Consul fridge was the small freezer size. The 1.1 cubic foot capacity is only large enough for 2 frozen chickens and a couple of ice trays. The newer EZ Freeze EZ-10 freezer compartment measures out at 2.2 cubic feet which is moderate for a cabin size fridge. The Danby Consul fridge has been the industry leading cabin size fridge for many years, but with them being discontinued the choices have narrowed to the 10 cubic foot size. Cost is slightly higher but the gain in capacity and much less maintenance and headache is well worth the price. The EZ Freeze propane refrigerator for sale on our site here

Danby Propane Refrigerator Information

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Danby Gas Refrigerator – All-Purpose Refrigerators Requiring No Electric Power

Danby propane refrigerator is among the popular gas refrigerators around today. This exceptional refrigerator is an excellent appliance to have in off-grid locations, cabins as well as vacation homes. It doesn’t matter how long electric power may be unavailable in your location, you will have your food items, perishable items as well as other items well preserved with Danby gas fridge and other gas refrigerators such as the Consul gas refrigerator.

Danby gas refrigerator is ideal for use in:

Vacation homes

Cabins

Remote locations

It is also perfect for use as an emergency backup

Features:
Danby Fridge works perfectly to produce great value for the money invested. You will find 7.8 cubic foot box unit with freezer compartment, having other features such as removable shelving, interior light (battery-powered), egg rack, glide shelves (three) and massive vegetable crisper. The refrigerator also comes with removable crystal compartments, recessed-handle European rounded door, reversible door hinges as well as other standard features. This unit is consider a small propane refrigerator compared to the EZ Freeze line of larger models.

Other features include piezo ignition and temperature control systems integrated in such an easily accessible manner. There’s also safety shut-off valve, and of course, no electric plugs are needed. The Danby gas refrigerator keeps your perishable items intact and helps you preserve just anything without relying on conventional electric power to do so. This item is an excellent buy for everyone; whether you are residing in the center of the city or in remote locations where there may be no electric power supply. Vacation homes and cabins are also known to benefit greatly from these exceptional refrigerators as they have their foods and other items well preserved without relying on solar or regular electric power supply.
These refrigerators also feature male flare fitting (3/8 inches).

Unfortunately production of the Danby Propane Refrigerator ceased a few years ago.  Parts for the refrigerators are becoming increasingly hard to find.  We try hard to find parts for those consumers who have a refrigerator that needs help, but its getting harder and harder to do.  We did buy a large quantity of parts and pieces after the Danby factory stopped producing the product but these pieces are limited.  We will continue to try and find parts, even used parts when available.

This was the smallest propane refrigerator for sale in our lineup until the factory stopped production. The smallest unit we sell today is the EZ Freeze EZ-10.

Here’s a quick look at the features of the Danby gas refrigerator:

Manual piezo ignition

The refrigerator light is powered by D size dry cell battery

Gas Consumption Low 700 BTU/hour

Gas Consumption High 1600 BTU/hour

Door shelves and egg storage are integrated

Easily accessed handles

Vegetable crisper

Wire shelves ( 3 full width)

 

Consul Propane Refrigerator – Service Notifications

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Consul Refrigerator – Service Issues

In the Mid 1980’s, there were very few gas refrigerators in production on the retail market. In fact there were only 2 brands that were considered reliable. One brand name was the Consul. Made in Brazil and imported into North America. Based on an average electric fridge, the Consul was small. It was common place for a home owner to purchase 2 and use them side by side to accommodate the entire family. Although the 1940 model Servel propane gas refrigerators looked much larger, the capacities of both brands were very similar at about 8 cubic feet.

Compared to the 1940 Servel units, the Consul gas fridge freezer was much more efficient and reliable. Compared to a 2014 model EZ Freeze, the Consul is slightly less efficient and much less reliable. Considering the age of design of the three mentioned fridges, the reliability is par for the course based on age of design.

What design issues does the Consul propane refrigerator have? Most of the design flaws center around the burner area. The most common issue that we see is the burner burning foul due to ingested debris. This can not only cause the LP refrigerator to not cool properly but also be dangerous to the homeowner if left unattended. Very high levels of carbon monoxide can result in health issues. The old 1940 Servel units showed these same traits but on a much worse scale.

When the burner gets fouled by debris the flame puts off soot through the exhaust. This soot will coat the boiler and lower the boiler temperature and as a result the refrigerator interior temperature will rise above safe food keeping temperatures.

Pictures on this page show a severely neglected Consul burner and the resulting soot ball the was cleaned out by our service technician. This is one of the worst cases we have seen. This Consul unit required a full burner rebuild. When it left the shop, it was in good working order with interior temperatures at 29 degrees Fahrenheit in the refrigerator compartment.

We used the same step by step procedure for this rebuild as we show in the Danby / Consul Repair DVD.

Consul Propane Refrigerator – Parts

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Consul Propane Refrigerator Parts Information

Do you have a Consul propane refrigerator? Since they are no longer being made, it is a valuable gas fridge. Some of the controls and critical parts are still available for gas fridge maintenance. Most Consuls that are in need of repair or service can be fixed. Parts like thermostats and cooling units are not available, but most of the burner parts are. We have supplied a list of parts below that we carry in stock.

#DYN-201 Gas Refrigerator Repair DVD
#DYN-202 Flue Extension Pipe
#DYN-203 Flue Brush
#DYN-205 Baffle with wire
#DYN-207 Burner
#DYN-208 Piezo Electrode
#DYN-209 Thermocouple
#DYN-212S Orifice – Low Altitude 0-2500′
#DYN-212H Orifice – High Altitude 2501- and up
#DYN-213 Air Intake Fitting – Brass
#DYN-223A Gas Feed Line
#DYN-232 Piezo Sparker and Wire

About the Consul Refrigerator

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Information on the Consul propane refrigerators

The Consul Refrigerator is no longer in production. The factory has ceased production in 2012 with no plans to restart. It was the smallest of the gas fridges that we sold with 7.8 cubic foot capacity. The smallest unit we currently sell is the EZ Freeze EZ-10 at 10 cubic feet overall capacity. The Consul unit was built in Brazil by the Whirlpool Corporation. Production was briefly moved to Argentina for economic reasons, but after only a few years, production returned to Brazil. The units’s production run spanned over 30 years with very little changes made in design within the past 20 years. The main cooling unit remained identical throughout the last 25 plus years. Many cabinet cosmetic changes were made in this time frame and only a handful of mechanical control updates occurred.

For the most part, they are very reliable propane refrigerators with only a few quirks. Maintenance is higher than the EZ Freeze Brand and most other modern built gas refrigerators. Some folks experience some frustration with the maintenance due to inexperience. We have serviced over 1000 Consuls at our repair facility over the years and it is rare that we can’t bring one back to life. Usually the repairs are under $200.00 which includes a full service. cleaning, and a thorough testing.

They are very simple in design with no moving parts. Most problems are related to servicing of the burner caused by owner neglect. The unit does have one factory design flaw that we have identified and developed a cure for. This flaw is present in every machine but usually only rears it’s head in operating climates over 2500 feet in elevation. It poses little to no danger to the user other than the fact that the food will not be cold and can cause spoilage.

We realize there are thousands of units in vacation homes or hunting camps within North America and we cannot possible service everyone of them. We offer technical telephone help to customers that purchased the original unit from us. The repairs are too time consuming to do a walk thru over the telephone. Our staff has put together a gas refrigerator Repair DVD for those interested to learn how we keep these units in tip top running order.