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Thursday, March 24, 2011

New Freezer

SANY7769 Last year, we bought a Sundanzer Fridge. They are expensive, as they are designed for off-grid systems and are extremely efficient, but worth every penny in the long run. The fridge has never made a dent in our batteries and we love it.

Well, we have been saving and have now bought a Sundanzer freezer. We have put it in the (half-buried) powerhouse, where the temperature stays a constant throughout the year. We also bought some extra solar to make sure it didn't tax our system.

SANY7814 Abe installed the solar yesterday (look at our beautiful, but ramshackle set of solar panels) and our batteries have been floating all day, which basically means that they are as full as they can get. So we decided to turn on the freezer. We don't really have anything to put in it yet, so I filled up a bunch of water bottles and ice trays to give it some thermal mass. Oh yes, and it has one rabbit in it. Next week it should be filled with a year's supply of fresh pork, ham, bacon and sausage. Until then, I may have to make it a little more useful by making some ice-cream... doesn't life suck!!

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