The one thing I can add is I'd recommend getting a newer, Energy-Star rated freezer. Old ones are major energy hogs.
Our house is the breakdown site for our local buying club deliveries, and we got together and bought a new freezer that costs $12 per year to operate!
I do wonder whether having it in a cold place can help with energy use...
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I'd get the small chest one in the basement. You can get upright ones, though they cost more. A small chest freezer is not that much money anymore. In the winter months when it's frozen outside you could always store things in coolers or another closing/can't dig into it type of container out in the shed.
We contacted Sears repair center about it and were told that they do not recommend using freezers or fridges in uninsulated and unheated areas. They just don't work right. The cold temperature throws off the appliances thermostat.
We have a large deep freezer and a second refrigerator/freezer in our un-attached, un-insulated, un-heated garage. We live over an our from a grocery store, so I buy in bulk and we eat about 1.5 beef/year (a whole beef at a time). It gets cold inthe winter and hot in the summer (over a hundred several times). The only problem we have is, the ouside fridge becomes a freezer durring the winter . If it is raining, my head just gets a little wet. My ILs had a deep freeze in the garage for the almost 20 years they lived here. We replaced it when we moved in (almost 8 years ago) The outside fridge was the inside one untill we bought a bigger one 4 years ago.
My reccomemdation is a upright deep freeze instead of a chest. I have had both and the upright is so much easier to find stuff and less lost food, and much easier to defrost and clean.
|I'm sure the dirt basement doesn't meet Sears standards either, ha.|
We have a upright and it sure is easier to get at the food and keep it organized.
We are a family of 5. We have an upright, one of those small chest freezers and 2 fridges.
We use to keep our upright out in a garage that was uninsulated. We then moved and kept it out under a porch. Its now in our laundry room. It worked just fine in all of those conditions.
We live in Idaho.
But you live where it doesn't get super cold, so it's not as bad as the situation we have here in the far North. If you really want to butcher a cow you're going to need more storage space. Just keep in mind how much you actually eat. It's nice your husband can do the butchering. You can package it all in the exact portions you want, much less waste that way.
Hope your freezing adventure goes well.