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what type of fridge is best?

 
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Can some one tell me what is better to use for an off grid home. Would a smaller electric fridge ran off of solar or wind or a propane fridge work better? What would be more cost effective? I heard that a propane fridge can cost $4-5 a day to run is that true? Also is it possible to run a small freezer? Thanks for your time!!
 
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I have a sunfrost 12 volt. I think it's 12 cu ft. The freezer is very tiny - not designed by a homesteader - it's 1/2" too small for a quart sized ball jar to fit! Very expensive. We've had it for like 17 years but the last 2 years the fridge doesn't get cold enough. The freezer still works. During the summer we have a regular chest freezer too (kenmore 3 cu ft, I think). I have it on a timer so that at night it's only on for a minute every 2 hours so it doesn't drain our batteries. Everything stays frozen.

If you're more organized than I am you can convert a chest freezer to a chest fridge using a device sold to homebrewers. A temperature probe turns an outlet on and off a set points. I had a hard time finding my food though.
 
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Have you considered passive ventilation?

http://abdallahhouse.blogspot.com/2009/11/cellar-tank-stand-cool-cupboard.html
 
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