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John Edward Mercier
#1 Posted : Sunday, December 21, 2008 4:33:00 PM
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Just has to be dry and cool (above freezing) year round... so the refrigerator idea might just work.

There are now space saving designs with dry storage being placed in unheated crawlspaces with trapdoors that open to kitchens and such.


#2 Posted : Monday, December 29, 2008 3:07:37 AM
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My neighbor uses an old  refridgerator in a storage building for storing his seed potatoes. It is a plugged in,  functional unit.  It never gets warmer than 40f.  When it is colder outside  here, it is enough protection from freezing. Your Nebraska is colder than our temperate Oregon, so you may need some provision to prevent freezing when it is really cold. The correct line voltage thermostat and a small light bulb with the light shielded from your spuds should work. Make sure the thermostat can sense the light bulb warmth and turn off after a few minutes...
#3 Posted : Monday, January 26, 2009 3:10:18 AM
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I recommend a used whiskey or wine barrel as an above ground root cellar.  An old whiskey barrel holds 53 gallons and a wine barrel holds 60 gallons. A lot of storage room. They can be purchased for a lot less than most containers. They are easy to move into place and if covered properly will last for years.
Find them online at www.KentuckyBarrels.com
#4 Posted : Monday, January 26, 2009 3:10:18 AM
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I am new to the forums, and look forward to helpful information from all readers.

I am looking for ideas, info, guides for making a root cellar storage container. Now my problem is: I live in Nebraska, in a 16x80 manufactured home (trailer), in a very tiny trailer park, the lot are very tiny, 25x80. I cannot make a storage container and put in the ground, too many utility cables, water pipes, gas lines. I have been pondering the use of an old refrigerator stripped down, and ventilation put in, and put in my unheated shed. It there a possibility that I can do this? Or... I can put the frig under the trailer, on its side, and the trailer stays around 30-45 degrees under the trailer.

I do not have anywhere in the trailer where it stays cool for storage.

Any ideas would be generous.

Thank you so kindly

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