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Old 07-04-2014, 04:24 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Alternatives to fridge?

We've resently moved house and I haven't brought a fridge yet. I'm wondering if it's possible to go without one(at least for a while)? Maybe make/ find a meat safe?

I'm in an Australian winter at the moment so cold but well above freezing outside. I don't use alot of meat or milk but I would like to keep cheese and yogurt and possibly bread dough(I've been using 5 minutes a day recipe and keeping in the fridge for up to a week at old house).
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If I could talk dh into it, I would love to convert a chest freezer into a fridge. I have read that these will run for a year on about $6 of electricity.

http://www.off-grid.net/2012/10/03/f...ge-conversion/


For a temporary solution, a zeer pot looks like a cool option. I haven't done this either, but may give it a try with the kids. It is essentially a clay pot within another, larger one. Wet sand goes between the two pots. Heat is pulled from the inner pot by evaporation.

http://www.provident-living-today.co...igeration.html

I have only lived without a fridge while camping and even then I relied on bags of ice. It is messy and gets expensive after a while. I think a good cooler and a block of ice would be a good temporary solution and cool enough for cheese/yogurt/bread dough.

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Oh I had forgotten about the zeer pots. Those look really neat and might work well for you OP. We will actually be doing the fridge freezer conversion here soon.

Here's another really good page on the conversion with instructions and links to parts:
http://www.aselfsufficientlife.com/c...idge-ever.html

This one is from someone in Australia and might be helpful for you:
http://mtbest.net/freezer-to-fridge-thermostat.html
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Oh I had forgotten about the zeer pots. Those look really neat and might work well for you OP. We will actually be doing the fridge freezer conversion here soon.
Oh yeah? I would love to hear how it works out for you.

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I'll post here once we do it. I'm hoping to buy the new "fridge" freezer and the thermostat in the next few weeks. I'm thinking that's going to be my household purchase for next month. I'm considering buying a kill a watt as well so I can see the difference between our current (regular white fridge with freezer up top) and the new conversion.
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