We originally thought that by putting a vent fan in the bathroom that would blow into the WOM Room, we would be able to regulate an above freezing temperature. Well, when we did a test run, we found that the fan actually drew such a draft that it was pulling smoke from our wood stove! We had a room full of smoke before I could even maneuver myself out of the cat-napper!
So, this still may be an option if we closed the bathroom door before turning on the vent,
but Glenn already had a plan B up his sleeve.
He decided that the refrigerator fan that pulls air from the bottom front to the back of the fridge might just be enough warm air exchange to help keep it warm in there.
So, off he went to see what the result was.
First he tore off the cardboard back vent thing, and traced it onto some wood
to make a new and more supportive one.
Then he drilled a big hole in the wall and fit the duct work into that from behind the cabinets.
He used a ton of shiny tape to get a good seal on the ducting and the new wood backing.
I slowly pushed the fridge back in place while he guided the duct
work back to make sure it would not kink.
Then he climbed out and pushed the fridge in the rest of the way.
He went to work in the WOM Room fitting on the "anti-back draft flap"? and screen
to keep drafts and critters out.
It worked great, so far the WOM Room has stayed above freezing, but with all this cold, we will be VERY lucky if the pipes do not freeze…we are concerned about the trench that we dug…maybe not deep enough from the cistern to the cabin. Only time will tell.