DUDE… We Got a CHEST FREEZER! (Appliances & Off Grid Living)

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We’ve been living off the grid for over one year now and all that time, we have done without freezer space! Well, we have a tiny freezer in our RV, but the storage space wasn’t enough to make our lives easier. With the addition of a battery bank and a small solar power setup, we were able to upgrade to an upright chest freezer which marked a big day on our homestead! There is a bit to take into consideration when picking appliances for off grid applications, so we hope to shed some light on a few of those things in this video.

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Valueless Dollar says:

Sears is dying… so just factor the price.

Billy Joe Mac Allister says:

Great thing about cold weather is Panels work better.

marty van ord says:

I see some one already commented on this. Most people do not know that cooling appliances are not designed to operate in freezing weather. We destroyed a refrigerator by leaving it on over the winter in an unheated cabin. We are also connected with a summer cabin co-op. We know of at least 4 cabins that also destroyed new refrigerators by running them over the winter. I was involved in a conversation with a dealer of refrigerators for outdoor kitchens. He said that they are so expensive because of the engineering to operate in the 30 to40 degree range.

Douglas Allen says:

Why lug that freezer around? You should have bought two at the price you got them at. Oops! Just unplug the one you’re not using.

mark duncan says:

Did you just say Sears??? Oops!!

zombiewack says:

Uhhhhh wifey…..uuhhhhhhhh hmmmmmm

David Denning says:

Jesse, you can buy a root cellar! there is one that’s a fiberglass one made to bury. it has a stair and door built in! http://www.core77.com/posts/36366/The-Groundfridge-Pre-Fab-Root-Cellar

Jeffory Newkirk says:

A very good indicator to use in your freezer is a 1/2 full bottle of water. Lay it on its side when freezing the water, and then put it somewhere it can stand upright. Adding a bit of RED food coloring to the water prior to freezing makes a great telltale of the freezer is off for an extended period of time. like if you leave the area for a vacation. If when you get back you check the freezer and the light are on, but the water in the container is all in the bottom of the bottle you know in an instant that the food is suspect. We are frequently away from home, and it is a real comfort to see the bottle standing there with ice from the top to bottom along one side. indicating that there were NO extended power outages in our absence,

David Denning says:

and do you know the lowtech failproof test for knowing if you lost power to your freezer and the food could be bad? you fill a paper cup with water and place a coin like a quarter on top. when you open the freezer, always check the cup and coin. if the coin is on top, the food is good. if the coin is in the middle or bottom of the cup the freezer lost power and thawed.

also, those freezers work best when they are FULL! the items once frozen help keep the temps even.

robert lombardo says:

Hello I forgot my other question is there a sender that turns on your generator to matting your battery bank if your solar falls below 75 % to keep you going. And would it be better to run your generator on lp. And get a monster tank so you always have power.

rstevewarmorycom says:

There is NO SUCH THING as kWatts per year or per any time period!!! That is MISTAKEN MATH/PHYSICS. It is kWatt-hrs per year, if you wish, or kWatt-hrs per day or Watt-hours per day.

george williams says:

If you put milk jugs full of water in freezer it will help keep it cold not have to run as much, when you put in more food take out a jug.

v12tommy says:

My mom told me about a cool trick someone showed her. I think it was more for leaving on vacation, but might work in your case as well. Freeze water in a container, and once it is frozen, place a quarter on top of the ice. Say you lose power for some time, but everything is refrozen when you get home. Normally you wouldn’t know that your food had thawed, but if the ice melts in the container, the quarter will sink and the water will refreeze with the quarter at the bottom.

Brad Ley says:

I appreciate your video. I need help. I would like to run a freezer just like yours on a small solar system. Just the freezer. Can you help me figure out how many 100ah batteries and how many 100w panels to operate. Everything I can find ranges from giant systems to a couple panels/batteries. I know that there are a lot of variables, but I would appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.


Haha sear going out of business so no warranty

Steve Schnatz says:

just saw the Huckleberry Hound

SouthernLadyWithManyHats says:

If you will fill a bunch of bottles with water and put in there it will help it not to run so much since it would be full and as you need the space you can take the water bottles out. You’ll always have water on hand that’s frozen to. Just helps it not to run AS much. Mine is 38 years old. Yup very old freezer. When it goes I might just have to give it a funeral. 😉 Seriously though I am thinking about making me a cellar with it for veggies in the ground. Speaking of root cellars I was looking at a blog awhile ago and thought of you guys. With that hillside you have and ALL THOSE ROCKS ( I LOVVVVVE ROCKS yes I do, lol) anyway you could build you a root cellar into the hillside with all your large rocks!!! I saw one where they used car tires to stacked on top of one another and filled with soil. Anyway was thinking that would be mega nice in the heat of the summer if you had no power you could sleep in the root cellar where it would be COOLER!

Wattsa Donnasaurs says:

Check out Missouri wind and solar channel he has dc freezers and refrigerators with a lot of great info

CJ357 22 says:

I have a freezer like this one. Its a Haier, love it! in saving space in this freezer this is what I do with stew and may other things. I use the ziplock qt bags. I measure 2 cups with tiny amount of air space. Lay the bags flat. You can stack alot in there. It would save your jars for something else. This is only a suggestion. Also your bone broth would freeze very well like this.

Jose Garcia says:

do you think is possible to run a central A/C with solar

F Huber says:

need a true sine wave inverter or the life or your compressor will be short.

drop a bunch of frozen food in and the freezer is instantly cold like an ice chest. and a freezer or fridge is more efficient if its loaded than when its empty.

yeah really? says:

enjoyed you video i am same like off grid one bit of advice freezer light just tells you power to plug on e bay has digital thermometer uses aaa battery that way you can see temp at a glance if mechanical breakdown. you will notice temp b4 gets to warm :)

beaconrider says:

Little chest freezer is well worth the cost, both in money and power consumption. It can pay for itself by giving you more storage and preservation options.

Billy says:

how many solar panels do you have to run the chest freezer? Doesn’t look like you answer questions though but if anyone one else knows please let me know. thank’s

Leif Karlsson says:

You have not thought about drying fruit, mushrooms, etc. Has become very popular here in Sweden when the freezer is full. As well as inlaid chantarelles are very good. :)

Jeffrey T Sportster says:

looking forward to the updates to your channel!

Mickey Sherman says:

How many Solar panel (watts) and batteries did you used?

ThePorritZ says:

i know this is 7 months old, i just recently started watching this channel…
but i LOVE the fact that this couple really use their brains and THINK about important stuff…

Much love from Finland


Christopher Tucker says:

get a huge car fridge I’ve got an Engle. Keeps food around _20c so if you loose power in the winter you can run it off the car if you have too.

Reid Morgan says:

Hey Dude, it is important u understand the laws of physics! The first law of Thermodynamics is that heat goes to cold! Not the way u stated that cold falls out of freezer. Check it out

robert lombardo says:

How many watts is your solar panels and how many watts is your battery bank if 1 hr of sun can run your freezer all day. Thank you

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