To complete the overall geothermal and hydronic design, We need to understand the cooling loads in the Wine Cellar. To understand those cooling loads, we mocked up the North rack in the Wine Cellar.
This was not sufficient so we built the profile of the center rack too.
Having completed these mock ups, Bryan called Markus Benzenhofer (TWA Systems) and arranged to meet in the Wine Cellar tomorrow morning to review the layout and load of the cooling panels.
Our red front door in the shop at American Ornamental Iron. It is looking good!
The frame for the red front door. Note the SpaceLoft insulation on the right, which will be used to insulate the frame.
Mock up of the center rack, without the 'waterfall', showing the height and width of the exterior frame.
Center rack next to North rack. All racks will bear on the same 2x4 plates that will be secured to the concrete floor.
We put a few bottles in the rack to test the spacing, which worked well. We used a champagne bottle to test the 1.5 l (magnum) spacing. It fit just fine.
Two of the largest 750 ml bottles that we could find (Carinae and La Celia, both from Argentina). We tested the smallest rack for height and length. It worked!
The mock up worked perfectly!
The most restrictive locations worked will for height and length.
North rack (left side) and center rack. The spacing is identical in the center rack and there is an additional 0.75 inch of depth available for each group of two bottles. The racks will work just fine.