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Freezing ice in a chest freezer outside, storing for summer?

 
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I know this sounds a bit crazy but. . .

What if you took an old chest freezer, put in a few inches of water, and opened it up on a winter night? Then you could shut it during the day, etc, adding more water separated by sheets of plastic when each layer was frozen solid. Then, when the weather got too warm in the spring, you could shut it up, added extra insulation, and roll it (on big castors) into a root cellar or other cool place for storage?

Or maybe just froze ice in molds and moved it into the chest freezer for storage?

Then the ice could be used in an interior icebox.
 
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Rather than trying to move a one ton unit to the cellar, wouldn't it be easier to freeze old one gallon milk jugs on the porch, and then move eight pound jugs?  They are squarish, so they should stack well in a freezer.

And, when they melt, they aren't pooling up in the bottom of the freezer.
Just carry the thawed jugs out, and water your garden with them - stacking functions.

 
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I considered a similar idea to store sap in my broken 11 cu. ft. chest freezer during the early spring. I figured I could probably fill some 5 gallon cat litter pails with water and leave them outside to freeze solid in the winter, then toss them in the freezer for sap season before daytime temperatures are predictably above freezing. They stack really well and you shouldn't need any insulation other than what the freezer its self provides, unless of course I'm missing the point of this thought experiment.
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