This week we scored a free sliding glass door topped commercial chest freezer! Yowsa! I had just been telling Holly last weekend that we needed to get one. But the cost of these units is very high. Then while picking up boiled barley at the Stone Cutter’s Brewery in Barre Vermont Holly spotted one out on the loading dock.
“What’s up with the Carvel chest freezer on the dock?”
“It is on it’s way out – Problem with the electronics.”
“Could we have it?”
“Sure, Haul it away!”
“Thanks!” and we did…
Even if I can’t fix it, which I probably can, it is still a perfect ice chest for our delivery van. Not only that, but it fits perfectly cross-wise in the back of the van. The sliding glass top doors allow us to easily get meat in and out of the freezer.
I’ve installed a temperature probe so I can monitor the freezer interior temperature and we put ice in the chest although that’s not really necessary in our climate and season. Right now it is cold out but in the summer I may want to add an insulated door above the sliding glass doors. I will also see if I can repair the chiller in which case I’ll set it up so it can run off the car’s alternator as well as being able to plug into wall power when we’re at home.
The freezer is surprisingly light, maybe 150 lbs or so. This added weight helps with traction for the van so I was able to take out some of the concrete blocks and bags I had back there to help with winter driving. Loaded up with pigs (1,500 lbs) and meat (1,000 lbs) give additional weight for traction in the snow. This is important as we live on a mountain and the butcher lives down by the river, maybe 1,600 feet lower in altitude and at the bottom of a very steep driveway.
Now our van holds six live pigs in the livestock part of the way back, six frozen pigs in the Carvel chest freezer and six people in the passenger seats! Wow!
Outdoors: 32°F/23°F 6″ Snow, High winds, White out conditions
Farm House: 53°F/47°F Day of Rest
Tiny Cottage: 59°F/50°F