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create a root cellar from chest freezer

Discussion in 'Back to Basics' started by CATO, Aug 21, 2012.

  1. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

  2. Witch Doctor 01

    Witch Doctor 01 Mojo Maker

    if you wrap it in insulation and add a gun safe dehumidifyer you can leave it in your shop or shed or basement....
  3. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    I'm not too sure I get the concept of burying it. Certainly not up here, the frost line is 5 feet down, so earth temps won't do the job that I'm thinking root cellars are supposed to do.
  4. CATO

    CATO Monkey+++

    I'm not sure I understand this myself. I would think that the vent holes/tube would have to be deeper to create a thermal barrier of warm air entering the freezer. I saw this on some homebuilding show done up north in someone's cold room.

    I also don't understand the humidity aspect: a lot of produce stored in root cellars requires high humidity, while others need it very dry. Having a dirt floor root cellar generally solved this problem: too dry, wet the floor; too moist, open a vent.

    Here's some other examples:


    http://www.earthineer.com/content.php?blogid=2610 --> You'd have to know your water table was low for this one AND I think you'd want a layer of gravel below.
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