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Refrigerator root cellar foundation

 refrigerator root cellar digging hole

We decided to dig the refrigerator root cellar down a bit deeper to accommodate a large cinder block in each corner. I thought two post holes in the middle might help to increase the cold surface area that will hopefully stream a steady flow of cool air up through the refrigerator and out the soon to be installed vent pipe.

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Interesting concept I would like to know more.
Comment by Rick Harrison Wed Nov 18 00:05:50 2009
Stay tuned --- we've nearly got the root cellar completed and will be posting about the finishing touches soon. Then we plan to monitor the temperature and humidity inside all winter to see how it compares to a traditional root cellar.
Comment by anna Wed Nov 18 13:34:35 2009
Do you have to put the fridge in a hole? Could you just sit it outside your house and use as a root cellar?
Comment by Sonja Pander Sun Sep 7 09:41:35 2014
Sonja --- The soil is what helps mitigate the warmth of autumn days and cold of winter nights, so you won't get nearly as good results by just sitting a fridge outside your house. In addition, the earth keeps the contents damp, which is important for maintaining root crops. So, short answer --- you can, but your food won't keep as long or as well.
Comment by anna Sun Sep 7 09:48:48 2014

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