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Old 08-14-2008, 06:46 PM   #1
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I was just at Wal-Mart and saw a Haier 5 cu. ft. chest freezer for $161 looks like it'd make an excellent kegerator or fermentation chamber / Lagerator. That seemed like a reasonable deal, is it?

I've read recently in Consumer Reports that those small refridgerators are real energy hogs and thought this might be more effecient. Anyone tried one of these for either of the aboved mentioned uses?
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Old 08-14-2008, 07:36 PM   #2
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I am not sure if it is a good deal (I bet it is though for a brand new freezer) but you will have to get one of those external temp controllers.

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Old 08-14-2008, 07:48 PM   #3
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Sounds about right. I'm tempted to get a chest freezer to replace the dorm fridge I use for fermenting (already have the external controller), but if I do I'll probably go a little bit bigger. I'd take some measurements and make sure it'll fit your fermenters.
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Keep looking around craigs list and such. I was able to get a used 27cu ft. chest deep freeze for $100.00.

It was in pretty good condition, if you keep looking more than likely you will find a great deal around.
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Old 08-14-2008, 08:28 PM   #5
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If you have access to Sam's Club, this is the one I purchased (just to use as a freezer). It is a quite a bit larger (2.0 cubic feet more ) for only a few dollars more than the Haier.

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Honestly, though, I would look for one on craigslist first, like other people have said.

 
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Old 08-14-2008, 10:21 PM   #6
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a 5cu freezer, you might only be able to stick 2 kegs in there, unless the compressor hump is only in the corner and not the full front/back width.
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Old 08-15-2008, 12:36 PM   #7
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My concern for buying a used freezer is the fact that most older units use a ton more electricity than the newer models. With electric rates trending higher & perhaps much higher still, depending on the makeup of the gov't after the coming elections. That's a real concern to me. 10 - 15 years ago the calculus for a new fridge was to figure that over the life of the fridge you'd spend 3X's the amount you paid for the fridge on electricity to operate it. I don't know what the current rate is for a fridge and have never known what it was for a freezer.

That unit at Sam's looks good, probably worth $25 more for the extra footage.

Thanks to everyone for the input

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Old 08-15-2008, 01:01 PM   #8
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I purchased a 7.2CF Frigidare from Best Buy for $186.00. U sed a 12% discount cupon to do so.

 
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Old 08-15-2008, 02:16 PM   #9
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I got a 14.5 CU ft Whirlpool at lowes on clearance for 298. It had a couple small dents from being the floor model. I had planned on buying a new 8.2cu ft for the same price. I am glad i got the bigger as now I can have at least 5 kegs for serving and still have room to ferment in it. Take a ride to the big box stores and see if they have any in the clearance section.

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My concern for buying a used freezer is the fact that most older units use a ton more electricity than the newer models. With electric rates trending higher & perhaps much higher still, depending on the makeup of the gov't after the coming elections. That's a real concern to me. 10 - 15 years ago the calculus for a new fridge was to figure that over the life of the fridge you'd spend 3X's the amount you paid for the fridge on electricity to operate it. I don't know what the current rate is for a fridge and have never known what it was for a freezer.

That unit at Sam's looks good, probably worth $25 more for the extra footage.

Thanks to everyone for the input

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My 1949 Philco frig runs 1/10 the amount of time than the one year old Maytag frig with less than 1/4 the electrical demand in watt/hours. The newer frig with a smaller compressor has longer run times many times over.
New does not mean better. Just compare R12 vs 134a.
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