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Old 09-15-2018, 01:52 AM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I want to buy a second chest freezer, to hold frozen dinners. When the frozen dinners are on sale for $1.88, you can't buy too many of them. More than a few times I have come home after a sale and had to take them all out of the boxes to make enough room in the freezer for them. Which just doesn't work well. As an added benefit once I get the second one, I'll be able to defrost one while I'm using the other.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:28 AM
 
Location: Minnesota
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Yes. Having extra freezer space when you have a family is the best. Iíll pay extra on my electric bill to have stockpile on freezer meals, breads, and so forth.
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Old 09-15-2018, 07:49 AM
 
Location: N of citrus, S of decent corn
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Even though there are only 2 of us, we still have an almost full freezer in the garage. The bottom drawer freezer in the kitchen is quite large, but not really large enough if we have a turkey, or boxes of frozen foods.

I buy meats on sale and lots of frozen vegetables too. Without the extra freezer, I couldn’t shop for more than a week at a time.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:43 AM
 
Location: equator
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Your electric costs are going to be different from most who reply, I think your power costs will be quite a bit higher than most in the US.



I am not certain about that, but you need to figure it into your calculations.


We have a small 5 or so ft3 freezer in the basement, mostly full of meat got at a discount. It's not real convenient, but it probably saves us some money. But our power costs in the PNW are quite low.
Electric here is the same as the U.S.---14 kw. Our monthly bill is about $80 running one a/c unit (we have 3 split units---a great system).

I would get a small freezer---5 to 7 cubic feet. In our freezer now, we have blocks of blue ice which help in case of power outage. If I had an extra freezer, I'd put in a plastic gallon jug of ice for that reason.

I forgot about labeling---that's really wise.

It sucks they don't have energy-star ratings here; but an expat is selling one they shipped over from the U.S. so that's a good opportunity.
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Old 09-17-2018, 08:26 PM
 
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I have a freezer in my storage building attached to my house. Great for when I stock up on good deals.
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Old 09-17-2018, 09:20 PM
 
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We have a 5 cu ft chest freezer. I think chest freezers are more efficient. Power outage are uncommon or short in duration. The freezer fits nicely in a space in the laundry room just a few steps from the kitchen. I try to put large or long items on end in the bottom. like ready to heat frozen barbecue ribs & slabs of bacon, Stouffers lasagna & stuffed peppers. There is bags of frozen tilapia & salmon, roasts, bags of vegies, pulled pork I make and put in little one serving bags, beef hotdogs, frozen fries and chicken parts, ice cream, frozen soup, ice packs & a bag of ice in there. We often take a cooler & ice grocery shopping so we don't have to come straight home with the cold stuff. There's nothing in there we didn't buy on sale.
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Old 09-18-2018, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Florida
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When we lived "up nawth", we had a large freezer out in a detached garage. There were times when it was colder outside the freezer than inside it.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:02 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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When we lived "up nawth", we had a large freezer out in a detached garage. There were times when it was colder outside the freezer than inside it.
Ah, yes. The time of year when the garage is called "the big refrigerator" and big pots of things are left out there overnight to cool. It's a great place to cool a pan of fudge until it sets.
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Old 09-19-2018, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Ah, yes. The time of year when the garage is called "the big refrigerator" and big pots of things are left out there overnight to cool. It's a great place to cool a pan of fudge until it sets.
It will 'set' alright.

When it is -20F and the wind is blowing, anything we set in our carport will be frozen rock hard by morning.
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Old 09-19-2018, 06:28 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Electric here is the same as the U.S.---14 kw. Our monthly bill is about $80 running one a/c unit (we have 3 split units---a great system).

I would get a small freezer---5 to 7 cubic feet. In our freezer now, we have blocks of blue ice which help in case of power outage. If I had an extra freezer, I'd put in a plastic gallon jug of ice for that reason.

I forgot about labeling---that's really wise.

It sucks they don't have energy-star ratings here; but an expat is selling one they shipped over from the U.S. so that's a good opportunity.

If you are saying 14 cents per kWh, that's quite high. Where I am, it's about half that.



Many "tropical paradise" places generate most of their electric power with Diesel driven generators - like a Honda generator, just bigger. They are expensive to operate compared to combined cycle gas, particularly hydro, or even nuclear (although nuclear costs a mint to build, initially). The Bahama Islands are dependent on Diesel generators.



That said, $80 per month is not bad.
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