What to do with very large and old fridge...

softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭✭
So I bought a '93 Box Truck that was pretty well loaded with stuff. The sellers are downsizing their business.

Inside the 14' box was a 25 cubic foot Maytag fridge. It uses about 250 watts when running. Start up surge around 1200 watts. Was told it works perfectly. Guessing that it is approx. 20 years old. Close to top of the line at that time.

Unloading it was pretty dangerous. Now I'd like to find a good use for it. Under normal conditions, it uses too much electricity for most solar folks. Too big and old to be worth selling.
First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 165(?) watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries

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  • softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭✭
    Food would last much longer than room temp storage if the fridge only ran during daylight hours. It would run like hell during daylight hours...
    First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 165(?) watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries
  • BB.BB. Super Moderators, Administrators Posts: 29,523 admin
    I cannot think of anything--Other than putting a 40 watt light inside it and use to store arc welding rods (keep the flux dry).

    Otherwise donate to a local charity (if they can even accept non-commercial units).

    The idea of running during the day and off at night for storing fresh food... I worry about dehydrating stuff (cold evaporator condenses/freezes water, dries out the goods; then at night, the coils sweat and get the inside sweating).

    -Bill
    Near San Francisco California: 3.5kWatt Grid Tied Solar power system+small backup genset
  • littleharbor2littleharbor2 Solar Expert Posts: 1,405 ✭✭✭✭
    Make a planter out of it.

    2.1 Kw Suntech 175 mono, Classic 200, Trace SW 4024 ( 15 years old  but brand new out of sealed factory box Jan. 2015), Bogart Tri-metric, 700 ah @24 volt AGM battery bank. Plenty of Baja Sea of Cortez sunshine.

  • softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭✭
    Imagine my surprise when I found that it is shockingly good for....storing food. Almost as if designed for that purpose. Plus is makes it harder to steal my ATV and wood splitter. 25 cubic foot fridges are not easy to move.
    First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 165(?) watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries
  • mike95490mike95490 Solar Expert Posts: 8,380 ✭✭✭✭✭
    softdown said:
    ......Plus is makes it harder to steal my ATV and wood splitter. 25 cubic foot fridges are not easy to move.
    You store the gear in the fridge ????
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  • oil pan 4oil pan 4 Solar Expert Posts: 766 ✭✭✭✭
    Fill it with liquor or wine or what ever your favorite poison is.

    Solar hybrid gasoline generator, 7kw gas, 180 watts of solar, Morningstar 15 amp MPPT, group 31 AGM, 900 watt kisae inverter.

    Solar roof top GMC suburban, a normal 3/4 ton suburban with 180 watts of panels on the roof and 10 amp genasun MPPT, 2000w samlex pure sine wave inverter, 12v gast and ARB air compressors.

  • mcgivormcgivor Solar Expert Posts: 3,074 ✭✭✭✭✭
    Make a food smoker 
    1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider MPPT 60 150 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 400Ah LFP 24V nominal battery bank 
    Second system 1890W  3 × 300W No name brand poly, 3×330 Sunsolar Poly panels, Morningstar TS 60 PWM controller, no name 2000W inverter 400Ah FLA 24V nominal used for water pumping and day time air conditioning.  
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  • softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭✭
    oil pan 4 said:
    Fill it with liquor or wine or what ever your favorite poison is.
    Chocolate....helps me with occasional winter blues. May be poisonous to dogs. Pretty light drinker myself.
    First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 165(?) watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries
  • HairfarmHairfarm Solar Expert Posts: 225 ✭✭✭
    Turn it into a pre-insulated, weatherproof battery box.
  • softdownsoftdown Solar Expert Posts: 2,424 ✭✭✭✭
    ^^Great idea really. One could even keep the batteries cool during summer days. I turned a big old chest freezer into a UPS/FedEx deposit box....complete with a ramp. Fewer worries about theft...priceless.

    Appliances seem to quit working after lengthy outdoor storage...
    First Bank:16 180 watt Grape Solar with  FM80 controller and 3648 Inverter....Fullriver 8D AGM solar batteries. Second Bank/MacGyver Special: 10 165(?) watt BP Solar with Renogy MPPT 40A controller/ and Xantrex C-35 PWM controller/ and Morningstar PWM controller...Cotek 24V PSW inverter....forklift and diesel locomotive batteries
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