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# 210325 22-Mar-2017 15:53
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Our house is small (87m2) and the laundry is getting cramped with the full size upright freezer so we thought about moving it (or swapping it for a chest freezer) outside into the carport. Other than getting a whole lot of wind, and maybe damp feet from driven rain it should be always dry.

 

Anyone do this? Other than putting a lock on it (to keep mostly kids out, but also unsavoury types - not the food - out) is there anything I need to consider? I have power out there already.


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  # 1745920 22-Mar-2017 16:05
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Do you really want to walk that far inorder to get some icecream in the middle of the night?1





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  # 1745922 22-Mar-2017 16:13
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Heh, we do have a fridge freezer inside for the essential midnight foods. This is for long term food storage and all the kids food we seem to accumulate but can't fit into the small indoor freezer on a day to day basis. Access to the outdoor freezer would likely only be every few days at most.


 
 
 
 


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  # 1745923 22-Mar-2017 16:15
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I've had a small chest freezer sitting on the porch for nigh on 2 years now, and it's been perfectly fine.  I would raise it off the ground if it's likely to get wet feet, or it will rust.  Otherwise it should be fine provided it's somewhat sheltered from the rain.


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  # 1745944 22-Mar-2017 16:25
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Make sure airflow underneath or build a good floor. Rust would be my only concern.




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  # 1745947 22-Mar-2017 16:29
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Yeah, will put it up on a small stand to keep it level and off the ground. The location is somewhat visible from the street so I may form a small battened wall to hide it which would protect from most driven rain anyway.


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  # 1745955 22-Mar-2017 16:50
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Disrespective:

 

The location is somewhat visible from the street so I may form a small battened wall to hide it which would protect from most driven rain anyway.

 

 

 

 

It will be fine in the carport, depending on your neighbourhood you will either lose nothing, or have everything taken from it every few days.


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  # 1745972 22-Mar-2017 17:28
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If you live in a humid part of the country you may find after a while (a couple of years normally) that the RCD on your switchboard keeps tripping. This is very common on freezers that are installed outside.





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  # 1745975 22-Mar-2017 17:43
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I really don't know why, but the title of this thread immediately made me think of that Sophie Ellis Bextor song "Murder on the Dancefloor".

 

And then cue to the ridiculous lyrics in my head:

 

 

 

"A freezer in the carport

 

Where y’gonna store your food

 

Hey hey hey hey

 

Freezer in the carport (in the carport)

 

They better not steal your food

 

Neigh neighs, or you’ll burn their goddamn house right down..."

 

 

 

Clearly I have far too much free time, and apologies for the segue.


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  # 1745980 22-Mar-2017 18:01
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I would check with your insurer on that, if the freezer has been designed for indoor use, but you are using it outdoors. You may need some advice for electricity, as I would think you would at least need the circuit on an RCD. Chest freezers are also a PITA, as many aren't frost free, so you regularly have to empty and defrost them, and being outside, I imagine this will be worse.


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  # 1746013 22-Mar-2017 19:12
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mattwnz:

 

I would check with your insurer on that, if the freezer has been designed for indoor use, but you are using it outdoors. You may need some advice for electricity, as I would think you would at least need the circuit on an RCD. Chest freezers are also a PITA, as many aren't frost free, so you regularly have to empty and defrost them, and being outside, I imagine this will be worse.

 

 

 

 

Yes, but chest freezers are way more efficient, particularly when opened regularly because the cold air doesn't "fall out" when opened.   Our one is going on 4 years and only just now thinking it perhaps is due a de-ice.  Not bad I thought.   





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  # 1746025 22-Mar-2017 19:54
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Disrespective:

 

Our house is small (87m2) and the laundry is getting cramped with the full size upright freezer so we thought about moving it (or swapping it for a chest freezer) outside into the carport. Other than getting a whole lot of wind, and maybe damp feet from driven rain it should be always dry.

 

Anyone do this? Other than putting a lock on it (to keep mostly kids out, but also unsavoury types - not the food - out) is there anything I need to consider? I have power out there already.

 

 

Animals and bugs love warm places. The freezer compressor / motor will be a mouse / rat / roach hotel before you know it.....but you can manage it. Put down traps for the critters and spray for the bugs once every couple of weeks.

Or they'll eat the wires and you'll need a new freezer. The mice and rats will wee on the electrics and may die in there......and / or short things out.

 

I should add, this is based on experience.





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  # 1746029 22-Mar-2017 19:58
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mdooher:

 

If you live in a humid part of the country you may find after a while (a couple of years normally) that the RCD on your switchboard keeps tripping. This is very common on freezers that are installed outside.

 

 

Could be due to bugs eating the insulation on the wiring and / or mice / rats doing the same or corroding things by peeing on them. (Been there).





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"Other than getting a whole lot of wind, and maybe damp feet from driven rain it should be always dry."

 

That bothers me. Electrical goods and driven rain, damp. 

 

Garage? Covered verandah?


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  # 1746275 23-Mar-2017 09:54
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My dads had the same chest freezer in his carport since he moved into his current abode 22 odd years ago. Still going strong albeit with a few bits of surface rust and a few small dents from cars getting a little too friendly. Also has had a dryer out there for the same amount of time.




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  # 1746311 23-Mar-2017 10:56
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tdgeek:

 

"Other than getting a whole lot of wind, and maybe damp feet from driven rain it should be always dry."

 

That bothers me. Electrical goods and driven rain, damp. 

 

Garage? Covered verandah?

 

 

I'm in Wellington so driven rain can come in many forms, but the freezer would be 6.5m or so from the nearest source of any driven rain. I won't say it'll never get wet... but it won't be washed down or anything like that.


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