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Convert an old refrigerator into a root cellar

Running out of storage for your produce? If you harvest an abundant amount of root vegetables like potatoes and carrots and/or fruits like apples, making a root cellar with an old refrigerator is a simple, yet effective, storage solution.

Old Fridge Root Cellar

Root cellars are one of the earliest food storage methods And today, the concept is still used together with the other modern ways of storing food like refrigerators and freezers. You can build a root cellar with earthbags, concrete blocks and timber. However that would be a full-blown construction project, requiring quite a large space in your yard.

If you are looking for something less costly and relatively faster and easier to make, you can recycle an old and useless refrigerator or chest freezer. It’s perfect for gardeners with a relatively small garden and an abundant produce needing extra storage!

Do you need this in your yard? View our album to see more of this idea and head over to a step-by-step guide from The Walden Effect through the link below!

Note: Please be mindful of refrigerator safety protocols. Never use a fridge or freezer that can’t be opened from the inside.

You’ll need these materials:

  • Old Refrigerator (or Chest Freezer)
  • Plastic Food Baskets
  • 2×4 Timber
  • Scrap Wood
  • 4 Cinder Blocks
  • Foam Faucet Cover
  • PVC Pipe
  • Screen (for keeping bugs out)
  • Screws and Nails

And these tools:

  • Shovel
  • Jigsaw
  • Drill
  • Hammer
  • Post Hole Digger

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You can get step-by-step instructions from The Walden Effect over here




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