What to do with an Old Freezer

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  1. ntjpm

    ntjpm Just Hanging On

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    I really did do a search but I just couldn't find what I was looking for.:shrug:

    Our old 21' Freezer (manual defrost) has died. Only one shelf is freezing, So we went out and bought one to replace it. I didn't let the company that delivered it take away the old one because I was thinking that I had read a thread that had some really good ideas on what to do with an old freezer but, I can't find it anywhere.

    So I am looking for ideas what can I do with an old freezer that does not work anymore?

    Any thoughts??

    Thanks so much, Tracy in WA
     
  2. suzyhomemaker09

    suzyhomemaker09 Well-Known Member

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    I've seen mention of using them as feed storage..nice and critter proof...I've also seen them converted into incubators.
     

  3. Windy in Kansas

    Windy in Kansas In Remembrance

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    Partially buried for a root cellar if you don't have one.
     
  4. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

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    Dry storage for feed is what I use one for.
    They also make wonderful worm beds
     
  5. Yvonne's hubby

    Yvonne's hubby Murphy was an optimist ;) Staff Member

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    Take all the shelves out, they are good shelving for the workshop, and the wire racks are great for all sorts of things. The compressor and other metals can be recycled. Once you have it down to the empty "box" you have a ready made coffin handy.
     
  6. JB740i

    JB740i Active Member

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    Saw one this weekend out at the end of someones driveway used for what I assume was UPS/Fedex deliveries
     
  7. PNP Katahdins

    PNP Katahdins sheep & antenna farming Supporter

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    Temporary thread drift: Hey, Yvonne's Hubby/Stanley/Stubb, nice to see you back! I missed you! :sing:

    Now back to old freezers. Be sure that kids or pets can't get locked inside. We use an old one in the workshop to store things away from mice.

    Peg
     
  8. Pelenaka

    Pelenaka Well-Known Member

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    If your unit has those coils on teh back then you can make a solar hot water heater for $5

    Pull all the insulation & replace with new and add a drain tray on the top shelf with drain tubing threaded out the back - nonelectric ice box.

    Hide in plain sight gun safe.

    ~~ pelenaka ~~
     
  9. TxAprilMagic

    TxAprilMagic Well-Known Member

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    put a nice lock on it first so no children can sufficate.

    worm bed

    Cricket box

    keep wood and or kindling dry

    garbage box to keep the wild/or domestic critters out of it till you haul it off
    or garbage pick up day.

    put it in a dry place out of the weather and keep large tools in it .

    put a aerator in it and keep live fish in it till you sell, cook or clean and freeze

    All those pieces of wire that are to big to throw away cause you might need them,

    ropes that always come in handy but you can't find a place to keep them all in one spot,

    chains that you can't find a place to hang them.

    garden soil,
    peat moss,
    garden tools,
    buckets
    that seem to be thrown all over the place but you are always needing one.

    all those garden hoses you need to store for the winter.

    Christmas decorations that seem to get stuffed in every nook and cranny.

    hide Christmas presents in it and lock it.

    craft items

    space bag your material (air tight) you are not using or saving for a quilt and store it.

    space bag (air tight) all your winter clothes

    winter boots

    Remove lid , fix a drain hole in bottom that runs into garden with plug , put a faucet on it and use it as an outside slop sink for large items such as washing buckets , washing veggies, washing the dogs, dying things that you don't want to use your washer or inside sink.

    fill with ice , lemon juice and vinager and use it to age your hogs or calf instead of 10 ice chests.
    when done, ice melts, pull plug and let it drain.

    So many things to use it for.

    I will think of more.
     
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  10. fantasymaker

    fantasymaker Well-Known Member

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    Fill with dirt put plastin from the sides to the top and instant coldframe!
     
  11. ntjpm

    ntjpm Just Hanging On

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    Forgot to mention that it is an upright not a chest freezer if that makes any difference.

    Love all the ideas but I probably won't be using it as a coffin... LOL

    Anybody know how to safely remove the old Freon??

    Thanks much, Tracy in WA
     
  12. Molly Mckee

    Molly Mckee Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Insulated water tank-if you are running a tank heater. Just tip it on it's side.
     
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    wy_white_wolf Just howling at the moon

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    I'm looking for one to house the batteries for our solar system at the ranch.
     
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    i use my old upright for food storage. i have an old chest i plan to make into critter food storage
     
  15. fantasymaker

    fantasymaker Well-Known Member

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    Yes you will have to tip it over.:nana:
     
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    Feed storage as many have already mentioned, but another great use is for a worm bed. I used to raise worms in one and sell to a local fishing store when I was younger. It worked great for me.
     
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    dragonjaze hating the 'burbs! Supporter

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    Jim-mi Well-Known Member

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    With a light bulb inside a storage place for paints........stuff you don't want to freeze during the winter.......
     
  20. Shygal

    Shygal Unreality star Supporter

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    They make a great place to age homemade cheese in