Off Grid Home Forums Technical Discussion Chest freezer to fridge conversion-it works! Re: Chest freezer to fridge conversion-it works!


I inherited a top opening freezer in 2002. In the summer I would keep it at low for refrigeration and not freezing. In the winter it would turn into a freezer on its own without power. I used a dozen 9/10 full gallons of water from recycled plastic milk bottles, with a piece of OSB on top for thermal mass. This helped to lengthen the time before it used power. I had to install a hasp lock because the bears knew there was food inside. The other problem was on repeated cloudy days in the summer, I would have to shut it down. Eventually (last year), I got rid of it and relied only on our 8 cu ft. Servel propane ref/freezer, and a couple locking top coolers for winter freezers, useful for when frozen foods are on sale.