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Post Freezers in the Garage
Hey All, for those in the Phoenix area, how many of you have Freezers in the Garage? and if you do, is it an upright or chest freezer? I'm more interested in an upright freezer to help with organization, but would consider a chest if there are advantages

I'm worried about it getting too hot in the summer and not being able to function correctly, have any of you had problems with this? Has any one tried the Gladiator Freezirator (supposed to made for a garage), or are there other model/brands you recommend?

Any info would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

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I have an upright in my garage with no problems.

3 things though -

1. Don't plug it into a GFI

2. If you do not have enough meat to keep it at least 80% full, take some empty pop, juice or milk jugs and fill them with water and keep them in the freezer. Your freezer runs much more efficiently when it is full.

3. Automatic defrost sucks.


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Thanks DesertBull, I had heard the first 2 cautions, but not the third, I'll keep that in mind.

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Let me add to that list

1. Don't plug into a GFI


2. Don't plug into a GFI


3. Don't plug into a GFI
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I have a chest freezer, If I had to do it over would get an upright. I hate digging.

I agree with all the above.

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Any specific models you all recommend or would recommend staying away from? Also, I'm assuming none of you have an insulated garage as well, right?

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No problems here with an upright.
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We bought a Frigidaire at Spencers about 10 or so years ago
(best price I could find and shopped allot) and has worked flawlessly.
I agree that you should not get a frost free, it allows the freezer to
warm to a point the frost melts periodically.
Never defrosted it in Mesa and did when we moved to Payson in 2002.
the coils are starting to frost up a bit now and will defrost this year since no one has an Elk tag :( and could fit any meat we may get/have into my garage side by side and the house fridge.
Try to make sure it has an outside indicator light that lets you know it is working so you do not have to open every few days to check.
I think most come with a lock but if you have kids in their mid/late teens you may want to keep it locked as the meat seems to disappear pretty fast especialy if it is summer and they go camping or go to a get together :evil: ;)
Oh, and upright all the way and NO GFI ;) and the water jugs or just news paper stacks do help.

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Thanks for the info GH, along with every one elses, I have a direction to go in now.

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I'm a bit embarrassed. I do refer work for a living, I know about water bottles, but never heard of using newspaper. Good tip.

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ac guy wrote:
I'm a bit embarrassed. I do refer work for a living, I know about water bottles, but never heard of using newspaper. Good tip.


I am not sure which is the best way to go with our current Government.
As the news paper could be used as were the old sears and roebuck catalogs in the days of the out house :roll: but I think having water to drink would be a better deal ;)
Cost more money but the flat blue Ice containers would allow more water storage in a smaller more compact space.
I know :( i got off the subject

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For best use of empty freezer space, bottles of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and Knob Creek are highly recommended.

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desertbull wrote:
For best use of empty freezer space, bottles of Jack Daniels, Jim Beam, Buffalo Trace and Knob Creek are highly recommended.

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I have been topped again by the Bull :lol:

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I'm liking where this post is heading!!

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I like the direction of this post as well. I think I'll make another trip to the feezer. By the way, I have a chest type on the back patio. It is always shaded and has 2 levels of baskets that slide from side to side to alow access to the bottom of the freezer. I separate the meat by type so I dont have to dig to find what I need. The bottles are always on the left. And not to beat a dead horse, no GFI's.

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Post Re: Freezers in the Garage
I kept an upright freezer in the garage for years. I finally had room to move it inside, and my electricity bill went down 30.00 a month :shock: !
Now, this could be an indication of a poorly insulated freezer, but in my mind, inside is best if you can do it.

Oh yeah, as others have said - DON'T use a GFCI outlet!


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Sorry, stupid question. What is a GFI outlet and why not use it?

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Post Re: Freezers in the Garage
PhxHunt wrote:
Sorry, stupid question. What is a GFI outlet and why not use it?


Next time you are toasting a bagle at home, stick a knife in the toaster. If you die, you don't have a GFI.

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Aaron,
Here is a link to let you know what a GFI is all about. DesertBull, I want to party with you sometime.


http://www.thecircuitdetective.com/gfis.htm

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Post Re: Freezers in the Garage
They make one, I think you can buy it at Sears, that is an upright, top and bottom. You can adjust the temperatrue to have Freezer / Fridge or Freezer/Freezer. Not sure if you can go to Fridge/Fridge or not. BUt it is also insulated for a garage.

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Ok...That is what I thought they were...just wasn't sure.

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Post Re: Freezers in the Garage
Jason, I know the one you're talking about, it's called the Gladiator Freezirator. I was initially looking at it, but it's pretty expensive, and the reviews on it are very mixed, more so on the bad side, so I think I'm going to stay away from that one. I'm probably going to start looking at for an upright freezer.

Thanks again for everyones input.

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Only down side with the upright is if the door is left ajar you lose everything. My buddy lost his elk when the kids got a pop sickle and didn't get the door shut tight. :cry:


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azsickle10 wrote:
Only down side with the upright is if the door is left ajar you lose everything. My buddy lost his elk when the kids got a pop sickle and didn't get the door shut tight. :cry:


That really stinks :(
Hence the lock or a bungy cord which the kids learn to leave in place.

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PhxHunt wrote:
Sorry, stupid question. and why not use it?


Still don't know why not to use it?


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Post Re: Freezers in the Garage
Well, on mine, the GFCI circuit the freezer was plugged into was also the same circuit in the bathroom. Somehow, the one in the bathroom tripped without us catching it right away, which of course killed the flow of electricity to the freezer. Luckily, we caught it later that day before any thawing occurred.


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TallPaul, not sure if you're asking if phxhunt still doesn't or if you don't know, but at any rate, if the GFI trips, you'll lose power to the freezer, and unless you are checking it on a consistent basis, everything will thaw and be lost.

I recently had 2 of my outlets go dead in my garage, only to figure out that they are on the same GFI that is in my second bathroom, took me a while to figure this one out, I thought if anything they would be connected to the ones in my kitchen. I believe the GFI was tripped during a lightning storm, because nothing is plugged into, and no water has been close to this plug, the bathroom hardly gets used.

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The compressor turning on in the freezer can trip the GFI. There is a large but very brief surge of current when ever a motor starts. The surge is what trips a GFI.


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desertbull wrote:
The compressor turning on in the freezer can trip the GFI. There is a large but very brief surge of current when ever a motor starts. The surge is what trips a GFI.


That's what I was looking for. Thanks Bull.
Yes I know "IF" the GFI trips you loose the power and you may not catch it when it trips and all can be lost. But no one was telling why NOT to plug it in to a GFI.

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