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Old 08-17-2009, 02:54 AM   #1
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So I have been searching craigslist religiously for a chest freezer to use as a fermentation chamber. Most of the freezers I have found are about 10 years old give or take a year or so. My question is, how long do these units last? I know that is partly dependent on the cycling of the compressor. Keep in mind I am in Arizona and these freezers have most likely been in garages that average 120F. I guess I am looking for some testimony that either says yeah they die around 15 years or I have a 20 year old freezer that runs just fine. Thanks HBT.

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:12 AM   #2
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I don't have an answer for ya but wanted to add something to the discussion. I have passed on several old and cheap chest freezers because I would assume they are less efficient and more expensive to keep running. The only help I can add is that I have seen plenty of 10-15 year old running chest freezers for sale. But maybe there is a reason people are getting rid of them.

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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My last freezer was made in 1974. Some may only lasts 10 years. Most do last a long time, especially when used for fermentation, they cycle way less than when used for freezing.

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Old 08-17-2009, 08:59 AM   #4
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Anything older than 1993 an older is wasting approx 55-70% Energy
2002 or older 40-50%
Compaired to new HIGH Effeciency Appliances.

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Old 08-17-2009, 09:37 AM   #5
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I've been in the valley for almost 50 years and have only lost one freezer. And that one was inherited.

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Old 08-17-2009, 12:36 PM   #6
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How big of a freezer are you looking for? My 20-ish year old freezer just went tango-uniform over the weekend and I got a 7 cu ft from Lowes on closeout for $158. It's big enough to hold two Better Bottles comfortably, which is what I was after.

I considered the Craigslist route, but as most of the listings were 50 miles or more from where I live, I decided I didn't want to waste $50 worth of gas to save $50 on a freezer that had unknown origins - and doesn't have a permanent stench of rotted meat.

Look around at the big box stores and see if they have scratch-and-dent or floor models for sale. They'll generally be cheaper and as a bonus, carry the factory warranty.

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Old 08-17-2009, 02:36 PM   #7
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How big of a freezer are you looking for? My 20-ish year old freezer just went tango-uniform over the weekend and I got a 7 cu ft from Lowes on closeout for $158. It's big enough to hold two Better Bottles comfortably, which is what I was after.

I considered the Craigslist route, but as most of the listings were 50 miles or more from where I live, I decided I didn't want to waste $50 worth of gas to save $50 on a freezer that had unknown origins - and doesn't have a permanent stench of rotted meat.

Look around at the big box stores and see if they have scratch-and-dent or floor models for sale. They'll generally be cheaper and as a bonus, carry the factory warranty.
I just want the capacity to have 2 carboys/buckets temperature controlled. My budget for this project is really 150$ max. Being a college kid really limits funds and after going all grain 6 months ago, I can't justify alloting more funds to brewing. I was really hoping to get away with a steal from craigslist. I guess I will just stay patient and narrow my searching to freezers that are 5 years old or newer. The semester starts up monday and I was really hoping to get some brew going . Thanks for the responses!
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:46 PM   #8
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I just got a 5 year old chest freezer for $75 off of craigslist.

I suppose that's not much info, is it... I can only assume that it will last, since most freezers are good for at least 15-20 years, and it should be efficient since it's from 2004.

So I guess, basically, keep your eye out. They're out there, but you need to snap it up quick if you see it.

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Old 08-18-2009, 04:32 AM   #9
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Look around at the big box stores and see if they have scratch-and-dent or floor models for sale. They'll generally be cheaper and as a bonus, carry the factory warranty.
I'll second this advice since I just picked myself up a Frigidaire 9.0cf at Lowes that was on clearance because it had a few minor dents in the lid (nothing compromising the insulation or efficiency of the unit). Saved myself $50 over the undented model and still has factory warranty. Definitely the way to go. Delivery on Friday and can't wait to start filling the kegs & chilling them down!
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:15 AM   #10
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I wouldn't hesitate to buy a 7 - 10 year old chest freezer. You should be able to get one dirt cheap.

I've owned a couple. Lost both in a divorce. At the time they were probably 15 years old and still going strong. - Dwain

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