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    We had a power failure just now. My doomsday paranoia kicked in and i thought it wasnt coming back on. I tried to get my three in one fridge going.

    It has a problem of not getting cold unless I shake it crazy. Its very hard to get it to start working but when it does it works.
    I want to try get it to work on gas but cant get the flame to ignite.
    I am not sure of the set up for gas . It has a red button and a black button that can be pushed in.I assume the red button is the ignitor and the black button the gas . The ignitor doesnt work.
    Please help me understand how to manually ignite this .I have tried lighting it in the littkle box at the bottom of the chimney but cant smell any gas there.

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    You have to keep the button depressed and try and light it manually. It's probably going to take a while for the gas to come through anyway.
    Then you have to keep the button depressed untill the safety heats up and keeps the gas on.

    Put the fridge upside down for a couple of hours and then right way up for an hour or 2 for the ammonia to run back down.
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    I hate those things, I booted mine into the dump after a very painful Wild Coast trip. Never again.
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    This fridge has been upside down inside out skip to the left right ,you name it . I pulled my back out lifting it above my head and then dropping it to jerk it violently. Its amazing .You can put your hand on the pipe where it goes into the back of the fridge and it will be cold and condensing.If you shake it right while you are feeling the pipe just before it enters the case it will suddenly get warm and you then know the fridge will work. It worked last night and I was excited . I woke up this morning and it wasnt.

    Then horror of all horrors . POWER FAILURE.

    I got the the gas to work but its too early to tell if the fridge will work. Thanks for the instructions. I didnt know that you had to hold the button in. That worked.

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    my Edessa take some time before the gas get through and then a lighter

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    After lockdown put it in the back of your vehicle upside down and take it for a trip down a corrugated gravel road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris G View Post
    After lockdown put it in the back of your vehicle upside down and take it for a trip down a corrugated gravel road.
    The gravel road to the dump.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    The gravel road to the dump.
    rotflmbo. If you have to.I have found that the gravel road repair is the most successful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plunger View Post
    The gravel road to the dump.
    best place to take it
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    Mine working a charm, must say working better on gas that electric

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    I'd never even heard of a gas powered fridge , it's amazing some of the stuff I've learned from this forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by B Murr View Post
    I'd never even heard of a gas powered fridge , it's amazing some of the stuff I've learned from this forum.
    They were 3-way fridges. Gas, 12VDC and 220VAC.

    Horribly inefficient, used a similar gas circulation and heat absorption method as a normal fridge, except there is no compression of the ammonia gas. Anything over 30degC ambient means it is almost useless.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jelo View Post
    They were 3-way fridges. Gas, 12VDC and 220VAC.

    Horribly inefficient, used a similar gas circulation and heat absorption method as a normal fridge, except there is no compression of the ammonia gas. Anything over 30degC ambient means it is almost useless.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Absorption_refrigerator
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    Those were the only camping frigdes available when I started camping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    Those were the only camping frigdes available when I started camping.

    I have a 5 Star Edesa in tip-top condition. What is it worth?
    If the power stays on its worthless.

    If the power goes out ,national blackout ,then PRICELESS

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    Quote Originally Posted by Poen View Post
    Those were the only camping frigdes available when I started camping.

    I have a 5 Star Edesa in tip-top condition. What is it worth?
    you will be surprised try and buy a new one

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    When I was a student (oh the glorious days!), me, the GF, my mate and his GF, went on a "camping trip". We took my dad's gas fridge with. The meat was left in the fridge and the beer went was kept cool in the mountain stream.

    Near the end of our stay we decided we needed some food. The last packet of chops had some green visible, but to this day I will maintain it was the stamp from the butcher. Anyway, the girls wanted no part of this and it was left to the guys to braai these to a nice crisp, pop an imodium each and consume. No ill effects but that was the last time that fridge was used.

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    Plumber, you are correct, when power goes out, you better have a generator, or one of these fridges! I also had a 73L Edesa 5 star in the 1990's for stationary use, worked very well at our fieldwork base house. My 4x4 traveling fridge was a similar three-way, a 30L Groenland (made by Camping GAZ, a french company), which consumed 8 A constantly whilst on the move, and had to be changed over to gas in the evenings. Worked well except when windy and flame was blown out at night without us knowing it, but if anyone got up during the night, just a quick check sorted that out as well. This Groenland also ran faultlessly at home off 220V for many years.

    So, indeed a valuable asset (especially the larger ones), no need to dump it.
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    Another thread somewhere some time ago said to tap the pipes and turn the fridge upside down and upright again after doing this.

    Worked for my old Electrolux camping fridge.
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    I am a stubborn bugger I have been fighting with this thing. It will work and then stops .Very frustrating. When it stops I really do everything upside down sideways but I also violently shake it. As I have said the pipe before it goes into the foam will be cold and then you know it doesnt work .
    When you shake it and if that pipe immediately gets warm then you know the fridge will get cold. Its like as if it gets a stroke. I would think that if it has got cold then there is no reason to assume it hasnt got enough gas.

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