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Off the grid refridgeraters?

post #1 of 14
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How dose one manage to keep food cool off the grid?
post #2 of 14
You could run a generator, preserve your foods, buy ice, or live somewhere very cold I suppose!
post #3 of 14
If you plan to live OTG for a long time, you could invest in a 12 volt refrigerator, like they sell for boats and RVs. They would use significantly less power from your solar batteries or generator, or whatever.

That's our current plan when we move to Hawaii OTG next spring.
post #4 of 14
We are probably going to end up with a Sun Frost fridge and freezer. They have very low draw electric models as well as propane models, in many sizes and configurations.
post #5 of 14
In the 'old' days they built a stone building over a cold stream.








That's about as off the grid as you can get!
post #6 of 14
We have a Sun Frost that runs off of our solar panels.
post #7 of 14
Mum2be, What model do you have? Do you like it? TIA
post #8 of 14
My FIL currently uses a propane powered fridge (I beleive he's trying to add more solar panels, though, and run it that way). He's also planning on building a cold room in the side of a hill, to keep most of the food. It's facinating watching his place come together.
post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by gr8tfulmom
Mum2be, What model do you have? Do you like it? TIA
I'm not sure which model. It's about 5 years old though. The freezer was kind of fussy at first, but it's better now. We have to really make sure the door is shut, because it doesn't always stick.
My one complaint is lack of vegetable drawers. My lemons and limes are rolling all over the place!

Other than that, it's just like any other fridge.
post #10 of 14
Cool, thanks for the info. I'll be on the lookout for some kind of basket/container to keep things from rolling One other question, did you purchase from a dealer or direct? At one point I was looking on the SF website and there was a 4 month wait on some models, if that's still the case I need to get the order in soon!
post #11 of 14
Well, we just bought a solar house and it came with it. I'm assuming they ordered it through a dealer though. Good luck
post #12 of 14
A cheaper alternative to a off grid fridge is to take a chest freezer and tinker with the thermostat to make it a fridge.

We have friends who did this. They only have to run it for a hour or two a day to chill it down.

Those small chest freezer cost about $100 new.
post #13 of 14
I don't know if you can still find it (and they're very expensive as I recall), but the Real Goods catalog used to have a completely solar operated refrigeration system that they sold. The trial runs were done out in areas with no access to electricity and was able to produce ice. You can possibly check the real goods catalog online and see if they still sell it or if they might know where you can get it.

LeBoof
post #14 of 14
http://www.mtbest.net/chest_fridge.pdf This is really neat about how to convert a chest freezer to a fridge. I think we may try this when we go otg.
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