White Trash or Ingenious Invention?

| 11/21/2013 10:51:00 AM

Tags: root cellar, Anna Hess,

"White trash."  That's how one YouTube user summed up his response to our fridge root cellar video.  However, the structure cost us only about ten bucks to build and has already served up bushels of crisp carrots for a full winter with nearly no electricity, so we consider the experiment a success.

How do you turn a junked refrigerator into a root cellar?  You can read the long version in my ebook $10 Root Cellar, but here are the most important factors to focus on:

8/20/2014 10:58:58 AM

I have used this basic idea, but inside my barn standing level with my buckets of water based paints inside. The light bulb is just enough to keep everything above freezing, even at 8,500 ft in Colorado where the winter lows at night are always in the teens or single digits. That single light bulb is great. Might need to be the incandescent type, however. And check it often. The fridge I used came from the county dump and didn't run, so it was about $5. I have electricity in the barn. Works great. Where I am living now, I have plenty of room to do this root cellar. Bet if you used wood around the outside, you could dress it up and make it fairly presentable.

Kevin Haendiges
3/8/2014 3:51:57 PM

"Do you have an even lower-tech way of keeping root crops fresh over the winter?" Yes, the common earth and straw clamp has preserved crops for centuries. Lay your veggies on a bed of straw, cover with more straw, then a layer of soil. Repeat the layering several times, making sure to maintain a central "chimney" of straw through the layers for ventilation.

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