Greetings Fellow Primates: I've never had a root cellar on any property where I resided. So, I know about as close to nothing about them. Also, let me preface this with, I had not even considered this until recently. Now that I have, I can see having goods stored for future consumption, or to be bartered for other goods and services. You see, I have been trying to decide if I wanted a home on stilts with a monolithic slab under it to use for parking, hanging out away from the direct intense sunlight, and having a covered area for bar-b-ques and such. Alternatively, I would construct a home at ground level, with a root cellar underneath it. We are still some time away from breaking ground. So, it isn't like we are in a major rush here. But, this is something I wanted to ask you folks about, to get an idea as to which direction I should possibly go. Heck, I hadn't even considered a root cellar, until a friend mentioned it to me during a recent discussion. In fact, this idea really only came up, due to him being a CLC (Cellular Lightweight Concrete) block manufacturer, here in the province. He mentioned he could pour solid walls with the mixture, and as thick as I want them, just as easily as he could pour individual blocks in forms, which is how they are typically made. He said that, although they are resistant to water penetration, he could add waterproofing to the mixture for the root cellar. If you aren't familiar with CLC blocks - and I had no idea of this even existing until I met him, they offer very good thermal protection. They are also considerably lighter than standard concrete cinder blocks. They will float in water. Anyway, the soil at the farm is clay, and is much deeper than the root cellar would be. The climate here is tropical, offering only two seasons - hot and very wet, and very hot and very dry, with each season lasting roughly six months of the year. So, my questions are: What actually determines where one constructs a root cellar? Can they be constructed just about anywhere, in any region? Would it be something to even consider in Southeast Asia? Does the local climate dictate whether it is feasible to have a root cellar? Thanks in advance, for any assistance you may provide.