We decided we were quite sick of hauling ice from town every couple of days for the igloo coolers in which we keep our perishables. Mostly, its melon and greens, but we do have some cream cheese and yogurt and, of course, beer, which is enjoyed very much when its ice-cold, and the one drinking it is covered in sweat and dirt!
The solution was suggested to me by someone who had a broken freezer which they wished to offload… and I was eager to take it! Lookit that beast! You can also see a bunch of other crap we hauled out from under the awning of the strawbale house. (Those things now live in a shed we built out of reclaimed wood. )
So, what to do with this freeezer?
We decided to completely bury it in the ground, as a kind of root cellar. It should stay around 60 degrees just from being in contact with the earth, making our ice work harder for us, and hopefully lasting longer.
Once the weather turns cold again, it will act as a sort of insulator, keeping the food from freezing, hopefully. We’ll be testing that out this winter.
Now, you will see a lot of pictures of us digging a giant hole. This hole needs to be about three feet deep, and about five feet long. So we gathered our pulaskis, shovels, and all the muscle between the three of us, and started digging.
We made barriers for safety, for horses, people, and doggies. At this time, the pallet fence was not completed in the backyard, so the horses could still wander over there, and they are very curious about what us humans were up to all day! Again, excuse the mess; we hauled everything out into the open so we’d be bothered enough to build our shed as soon as possible.
We ensured that the hole was 6 inches wider than it needed to be on all sides, so we had some wiggle-room. We also checked that the base was flat and level, and the exact depth we needed so our freezer lid could open from the top.
Now, we must solve the problem of lowering that beast into the hole!
Bright and shiney the next morning, we contemplate the issue. You can see Keno in the background, eager to hang out in his favourite spot under the overhang. He stands there and naps.
We have drug the freezer to the hole, and are at this point thinking of suspending it over the hole on two boards with tie-down straps around it; two people would hold the freezer up by the straps while the third person removes the wood, and just “guide-drop” that thing into the hole. This idea, however, is making everyone uncomfortable because the freezer is ridiculous-heavy.
So, I listen to my friends and workmates, and suddenly, I have an idea! As a huge fan of levers, I devise a way to lower the freezer by using them. I place 2×4’s into the hole, two on each side, so that they make an “X” shape. The freezer will drop down on one side, and be held by the intersecting pieces of wood.
Then I remove one side, the freezer drops a little; we lift it with a strong metal pry-bar and remove the other two 2×4’s, and the freezer drops nicely into the hole, with little-to-no strong-arming on our part. Excellent!
You can see Kristy removing a 2×4 while I hold the freezer up with a pry-bar (using our good friend leverage.) Notice the use of a giant rock as a fulcrum!
Now, we want it to be extra-sealed, and protected from the tiny bit of morning sun it receives. We had some extra high-density foam lying around, as well as some glue that claims to adhere everything under the sun (Elmer’s Super Effing Crazy-Stick Glue), so we cut and pasted a top layer for our freezer.
(Yes, I cut my hair. It was extremely hot, and I love the freedom!)
Now, we have cold beers to enjoy!