|Item Weight||55.6 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||34.5 x 23 x 18.5 inches|
|Item model number||FB-WC0029|
Firebird 21 Bottles Dual Zone Black Finish Touch Control Panel Freestanding Electric Wine Cooler Cellar
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Give your growing collection of wines the proper attention and care it needs to mature. The FIREBIRD WC0029 21-bottle thermoelectric wine cooler features dual zones, a top and bottom cabin, and touch-friendly controls to maintain a sleek look. Red and white wines perfectly age thanks to its vibration-free design. An included interior light showcases your wine collection in full view. Double pane glass block UV light from harming your wines and offers added protection from the outside.
Internal Dimension(in): 11"W x 13”L x 28.25"H
External Dimension(in): 13.5"W x 20"L x 32.25"H
Bottle Capacity: 21
Door Material: High Grade ABS
Product Finish: Black
# of Door(s): 2
Door Type: Double Paned Glass
Reversible Door: No
Temperature Zones: 2
Temperature Range: 44°F - 66°F
Upper zone: 44°F - 66°F, 6 bottles
Lower zone: 44°F - 66°F, 15 bottles
Venting Direction: Rear
Shelving Material: Chrome Plated Metal
Removable Shelving: Yes
Number of Shelves: 7
Control Type: Touch Controls
Number of Bulbs: 2
Adjustable Legs, Freestanding
Weight: 45.5 lbs
Certification: ETL Compliance with US and Canada Safety Standards
Warranty: 1-Year Limited Parts Warranty
*Maximum bottle capacity may vary depending on bottle size and shelf configuration.
**Intended for use within the home. Requires a stable and ambient setting to work correctly.
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I received the cooler today. It is the same model as the AKDY AZ-EA44EC-75 so if you want to save a few dollars you can purchase that model (here on Amazon) cheaper when it is on sale instead. I chose this one for its Amazon Prime eligibility. Either way it is the exact same cellar.
Fit and finish: it is very lightweight but does not "feel cheap." The door hinges feel stable, the door is very lightweight but also feels stable, and the magnetic seals keeps the door closed tight. The chromed steel shelves slide completely out and may be rearranged to suit your specific needs. It is light enough that I can pick the unit up and move it myself.
As with some other reviewers I purchased it more for food processing than for storing wine (although there will of course be a few bottles of wine, to be sure ;)); chilling cookie and pie crust dough, and also for black truffle mycelia cultivation, as I'm hoping to eventually inoculate oak and hazelnut seedlings and start a truffle orchard.
Since it is a thermoelectric unit (it uses Peltier junctions as a solid state heat pump) there is no refrigerant there was no need to let it sit to prevent hydro-lock so I plugged it in immediately after unpacking. In the less than two hours I've had it, the temperature has dropped from 83ºF to 54ºF with four room-temp 2L bottles of cola placed in it when I plugged it in, which is pretty impressive for a wine cellar that has been in a hot FedEx truck all day.
The temperature may be set anywhere from 64ºF down to 46ºF... for chilling dough I'll set it to the lowest temp the day before baking but when I start working with black truffle cultures I'm going to run it at the 50º-52º range. Temperature consistency will be important for black truffle cultures and so temperature consistency (as opposed to accuracy of the thermostat) will be the focus of my review update.
Internal dimensions, in inches: 13.5w x 12.5d x 26.5h
The light may be turned on and off, per the description.
Damage in shipping: mine has some slight damage in the form of a dent on the upper fan cover on the back side. I will be contacting the seller to see if I can get that one replacement part (it makes NO sense for me to return the item for a part I can replace myself by removing and replacing a handful of screws to correct the cosmetic defect). If not, I will straighten it myself. This in no way reflects on the quality of the unit, but understaffing in shippers' hubs.
The unit is set to 46ºF and is located in an air conditioned room, at about 67ºF.
I have placed a thermometer on the front-center of the top shelf for three days, left the unit unopened, and the temperature is holding at a steady 52.5ºF, after checking many times I am finding that temperature never varies.
I will measure to the exact top-bottom middle and adjust the shelves so the thermometer is as close as possible to at front-center point and monitor it for a few days and post the results.
Temperature uniformity: the unit could use more internal circulation. There are two vents located at the back of the unit, each containing one fan (one for each heatsink for each peltier junction). I think that a future redesign should incorporate a duct passing through both heat sinks with higher CFM internal fans in a push-pull configuration, drawing air from the bottom of the interior and venting it at the top. I have not examined the unit closely enough to determine where the thermostat is and whether it is practical to relocate it, however for my purposes (chilling dough, tuber melanosporum aka Black Périgord Truffle culture storage), etc. it is consistent enough for my purposes.
2015-08-19 Second update: It turns out that even though the unit does not use refrigerant so there is no compressor to sieze up if you plug it in immediately after receiving it, there is another reason: the peltier coolers will ice up. I noticed the pitch of the internal fans (which are usually completely unnoticeable) had changed and the volume increased so I removed one of the interior grills to discover the heat sink on the peltier junction had iced up and was blocking airflow. I unplugged it, let it defrost, then a few hours later plugged it back in. Since then, the top shelf held a steady 46ºF and the center shelf has been holding a steady 46ºF for about two weeks.
So, if your wine cellar doesn't seem to maintain temperature peek through the interior grille or simply remove the grille and look at the heat sink (the big finned aluminum block) and you will see it covered with ice. Simply unplug the unit for 2-4 hours, the ice will melt and airflow will improve.
Upgrading my review to five stars... will do one more update in a few weeks.
The cooler is still holding up well and it remains at a steady 46º. I am very happy with it.
I never did bother contacting the seller about the dented shroud - I got busy and forgot about it. It's easy enough to remove so I'll eventually take the shroud off and straighten it out. It does not affect functionality at all and I am the only one who knows it is dented.
I collect California wines, and was not expecting to fit a full 32 bottles, but I did. The Sea Smoke was challenging (I wouldn't bother trying a Turley), and some labels may have been slightly scuffed. California Cab and Pinot bottles are generally no problem at all.
The temperature seems to hold for me (around 53-54F), and it is very quiet.