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Gas or propane refrigeration

Discussion in 'Everything Else Energy' started by rhoda_bruce, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Feb 14, 2014
    Beekissed

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    I was raised on a propane gas refrigerator made by Servell...it was not frost free, but then none of the fridges were back when that one was made. It kept things cold just as much as an electric fridge. No difference whatsoever.
     
  2. Feb 14, 2014
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    baymule Sustainability Master

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    My ex-husband's grand parents had a Servel refrigerator and it must have 40-50 years old. It ran fine, kept the food cold and the tiny freezer compartment froze ice cubes. It was not frost free, but it didn't matter. The drawbacks to them are that they are small. You would probably need two of them to replace what you have. Before spending that kind of money, check into solar panels with glass-mat batteries for emergency back up that would require you to switch the refrigerator plug to the back up system. A whole house with automatic switch would cost major bucks.
     
  3. Jan 18, 2016
    JASTECH

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    I will use 24vdc fridge with LP backup. Build a 200 amp alternator that'll run on horizontal shaft Briggs engine that can charge each battery bank.
     
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  4. Jan 18, 2016
    rhoda_bruce

    rhoda_bruce Almost Self-Reliant

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    I tried to give DH our fridge and buy myself a new one, which would have been a gas fridge, but he bought himself one, on credit, along with everything else he wanted, new. He paid for it too, because he had to do without with the $400/month note he fixed for himself.
    My fridge is about 20 years old and the front door handle is broken off, but it still works fine. I haven't replaced it yet. I'm still not sure what, exactly I will do when the time comes.
     
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    JASTECH

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    I would invest in a OTG fridge, far more efficient and last 25 years average. Look on Craig's list for one the size needed. I have also thought of a fridge with motor and compressor on top (heat rises) so that it don't heat up what your trying to cool down, then replace the motor with a 24vdc motor and build a insulated pocket for it to slide into. Also use vented cold outside air in winter to keep fridge cold.
     
  6. Jan 23, 2016
    JASTECH

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    For those of you following my court date. Didn't go good today. Her attorney brought up old records that weren't accurate. So i asked for extended time to get an attorney. So now March 3 at 13.30 for next court, judge allowing for two hours. She trying to get me to pay for her gas and rental cars for visitation.
     
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  7. Jan 23, 2016
    Mini Horses

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    I don't know about costs of running either alternative type. But, in past motor homes (about 8 of them) we had no issues when used on propane. Cooled as well as any other.

    Two days ago I did buy a used frig, with inside freezer box. While these work ok, I wasn't after freezer. This was great shape, good price and is for milk and eggs! When I open frig & see wall to wall milk.....well, it came to mind that I needed to reclaim my frig!! Soon I will be milking 3 does. It happened at perfect time.
    I've been looking for a while. :) I off the breaker on my hot water a day at a time and that will more than pay for this frig elec use....small unit, about 5' tall.
     
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  8. Jan 24, 2016
    JASTECH

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    What all do you make with goat milk? My son and I liked a hard goat cheese with herbs mixed inside. I would send some dried chili's from my assortment of around the world. I make home made salsas from mild to wild. Never tried goat milk but have a can of it that we could try.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2016
    Mini Horses

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    I drink it raw, make soft cheese, sour cream, yogurt, butter on occasion. Hope to do some hard cheese this Spring.

    Canned tastes nothing like fresh;). I have Saanen & Nubian does. My Saanen gives 1.5 gal per day, Nubian will be FF but I expect 1-1.5 gal from her....both are from great milk lines. Buck is Nubian and also heavy milking linage. 2 other Nubians are mini but, still 3/4 gal a day.

    Also make goat milk soap, which I use and sell.
     
  10. Jan 26, 2016
    JASTECH

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    Goat milk soap must be good for the skin?
     

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