DUDE… We Got a CHEST FREEZER! (Appliances & Off Grid Living)

DUDE… We Got a CHEST FREEZER! (Appliances & Off Grid Living)

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We’ve been living off the grid for over one year now and all that time, we have done without freezer space! Well, we have a tiny freezer in our RV, but the storage space wasn’t enough to make our lives easier. With the addition of a battery bank and a small solar power setup, we were able to upgrade to an upright chest freezer which marked a big day on our homestead! There is a bit to take into consideration when picking appliances for off grid applications, so we hope to shed some light on a few of those things in this video.

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  1. Rolly Praise on October 12, 2021 at 8:18 am

    I am looking to power a Desktop PC with 100% solar. the power supply is 850W. the computer is use for Graphic and video editing an as a local server.

  2. zombiewack on October 12, 2021 at 8:18 am

    Uhhhhh wifey…..uuhhhhhhhh hmmmmmm

  3. Reid Morgan on October 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Hey Dude, it is important u understand the laws of physics! The first law of Thermodynamics is that heat goes to cold! Not the way u stated that cold falls out of freezer. Check it out

  4. MarkBTW on October 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Are there any deep freezers that you can run as a refrigerator without having to tinker with it?

  5. mark duncan on October 12, 2021 at 8:19 am

    Did you just say Sears??? Oops!!

  6. ap xpandy on October 12, 2021 at 8:20 am

    So you built a small grid? Hang on a minute, doesn’t that defeat the effort you’ve made – to live ‘off the grid’? You should just connect back up to the mains and then have lots more time for recreation. I mean, you ARE living in an Rv? rofl!

  7. Cary Evans on October 12, 2021 at 8:21 am

    luv y’all πŸ™‚

  8. Terry Smith on October 12, 2021 at 8:23 am


  9. Billy Wray on October 12, 2021 at 8:24 am

    how many solar panels do you have to run the chest freezer? Doesn’t look like you answer questions though but if anyone one else knows please let me know. thank’s

  10. Quetzalcoatl on October 12, 2021 at 8:25 am

    You make your own ice cream? Wow. You may even have a small business here. Wild organic berries ice cream.

  11. Alex C on October 12, 2021 at 8:26 am

    kilowatt-*hours* per year. Not kilowatts per year.

  12. David Denning on October 12, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Jesse, you can buy a root cellar! there is one that’s a fiberglass one made to bury. it has a stair and door built in! http://www.core77.com/posts/36366/The-Groundfridge-Pre-Fab-Root-Cellar

  13. Mickey Sherman on October 12, 2021 at 8:29 am

    How many Solar panel (watts) and batteries did you used?

  14. marty van ord on October 12, 2021 at 8:30 am

    I see some one already commented on this. Most people do not know that cooling appliances are not designed to operate in freezing weather. We destroyed a refrigerator by leaving it on over the winter in an unheated cabin. We are also connected with a summer cabin co-op. We know of at least 4 cabins that also destroyed new refrigerators by running them over the winter. I was involved in a conversation with a dealer of refrigerators for outdoor kitchens. He said that they are so expensive because of the engineering to operate in the 30 to40 degree range.

  15. Irregular Gamer on October 12, 2021 at 8:32 am

    looking forward to the updates to your channel!

  16. Tom B on October 12, 2021 at 8:36 am

    Well done

  17. Rickandrollshow on October 12, 2021 at 8:37 am

    Hey Dude, why didn’t you tell us how much on the solar panels, watts, and price? That would have been much more informative. I’ve been living without electricity via the grid or solar. Without, except that I have an office in town, 25 miles away that I use to hold my 5 cf chest freezer and I charge batteries for lights and hand drill. I use a generator when I want to sweep or use the table saw etc. I’m looking for a solar kit and hoped to see how much you were using.

  18. Erick from Shopmerix on October 12, 2021 at 8:39 am

    Awesome as always!

  19. NANA JAHNIQUEJESSIE on October 12, 2021 at 8:40 am

    I really like this show and the info is made easy πŸ‘πŸΏπŸ‘πŸΏ

  20. Ashmanie Persaud on October 12, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Are you positive this is the 5.0 cubic feet or the 3.5 cubic? Can you respond with the exact Dimensions please. WxDxH I have a space I would like to put this is but only have 33.5 width space to play with. Thanks

  21. Christopher Tucker on October 12, 2021 at 8:40 am

    get a huge car fridge I’ve got an Engle. Keeps food around _20c so if you loose power in the winter you can run it off the car if you have too.

  22. SouthernLadyWithManyHats on October 12, 2021 at 8:41 am

    If you will fill a bunch of bottles with water and put in there it will help it not to run so much since it would be full and as you need the space you can take the water bottles out. You’ll always have water on hand that’s frozen to. Just helps it not to run AS much. Mine is 38 years old. Yup very old freezer. When it goes I might just have to give it a funeral. πŸ˜‰ Seriously though I am thinking about making me a cellar with it for veggies in the ground. Speaking of root cellars I was looking at a blog awhile ago and thought of you guys. With that hillside you have and ALL THOSE ROCKS ( I LOVVVVVE ROCKS yes I do, lol) anyway you could build you a root cellar into the hillside with all your large rocks!!! I saw one where they used car tires to stacked on top of one another and filled with soil. Anyway was thinking that would be mega nice in the heat of the summer if you had no power you could sleep in the root cellar where it would be COOLER!

  23. Lombardo j Robert on October 12, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Hello I forgot my other question is there a sender that turns on your generator to matting your battery bank if your solar falls below 75 % to keep you going. And would it be better to run your generator on lp. And get a monster tank so you always have power.

  24. By_YHWH.Gal47 on October 12, 2021 at 8:41 am

    Yall crack me up. Keep up the vids.

  25. Wattsa Donnasaurs on October 12, 2021 at 8:42 am

    Check out Missouri wind and solar channel he has dc freezers and refrigerators with a lot of great info

  26. Leif Karlsson on October 12, 2021 at 8:43 am

    You have not thought about drying fruit, mushrooms, etc. Has become very popular here in Sweden when the freezer is full. As well as inlaid chantarelles are very good. πŸ™‚

  27. george williams on October 12, 2021 at 8:45 am

    If you put milk jugs full of water in freezer it will help keep it cold not have to run as much, when you put in more food take out a jug.

  28. F Huber on October 12, 2021 at 8:45 am

    need a true sine wave inverter or the life or your compressor will be short.

    drop a bunch of frozen food in and the freezer is instantly cold like an ice chest. and a freezer or fridge is more efficient if its loaded than when its empty.

  29. Jose Garcia on October 12, 2021 at 8:46 am

    do you think is possible to run a central A/C with solar

  30. David Denning on October 12, 2021 at 8:50 am

    and do you know the lowtech failproof test for knowing if you lost power to your freezer and the food could be bad? you fill a paper cup with water and place a coin like a quarter on top. when you open the freezer, always check the cup and coin. if the coin is on top, the food is good. if the coin is in the middle or bottom of the cup the freezer lost power and thawed.

    also, those freezers work best when they are FULL! the items once frozen help keep the temps even.

  31. beaconrider on October 12, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Little chest freezer is well worth the cost, both in money and power consumption. It can pay for itself by giving you more storage and preservation options.

  32. Robert Deloyd on October 12, 2021 at 8:51 am

    I have the same fridge and been using it for years off my solar πŸ™‚

  33. Farley Gordon on October 12, 2021 at 8:55 am

    buy and use the same freezer and change the thermostat for a refrigerator

  34. spencer moon on October 12, 2021 at 8:55 am

    hahahaa i want huckleberry ice cream!!!! well done guys

  35. ViiV Creations on October 12, 2021 at 8:56 am

    need a thicc freezer

  36. Claude Charland on October 12, 2021 at 8:56 am

    add a windmill to your solar panel

  37. Lombardo j Robert on October 12, 2021 at 8:57 am

    How many watts is your solar panels and how many watts is your battery bank if 1 hr of sun can run your freezer all day. Thank you

  38. Chris Gage on October 12, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Oh wow, you heard Sears stands by their appliances? I am very sorry to inform you that they don’t. We came home from a vacation in February to find our 2 year old Kenmore Elite refrigerator had completely died. Sears sent a tech to look at it, said it needed a new control board, and because we were out of warranty, it would cost $600. We said we would employ our own local guy, he replaced it for half of that. Trouble was, it didn’t fix the problem. Take next available appointment was 3 weeks later. To cut a long story short we then began a 6 month saga of incompetence, negligence, evasion and deception, that involved 8 further visits from techs who had no idea of what had happened previously, three separate deliveries of multiple boxes of large replacement parts including the entire compressor system, NONE OF WHICH FIXED THE PROBLEM. Eventually in August, Sears realized that they were losing money on this whole affair, and they declared the refrigerator unrepairable

  39. iwantosavemoney on October 12, 2021 at 9:03 am

    a chest freezer is good for a frigerator also uses let’s power and are controlled by thermostat It was pretty cool when I was looking at a off grid set up.

  40. yeah really? on October 12, 2021 at 9:03 am

    enjoyed you video i am same like off grid one bit of advice freezer light just tells you power to plug on e bay has digital thermometer uses aaa battery that way you can see temp at a glance if mechanical breakdown. you will notice temp b4 gets to warm πŸ™‚

  41. Jeffory Newkirk on October 12, 2021 at 9:04 am

    A very good indicator to use in your freezer is a 1/2 full bottle of water. Lay it on its side when freezing the water, and then put it somewhere it can stand upright. Adding a bit of RED food coloring to the water prior to freezing makes a great telltale of the freezer is off for an extended period of time. like if you leave the area for a vacation. If when you get back you check the freezer and the light are on, but the water in the container is all in the bottom of the bottle you know in an instant that the food is suspect. We are frequently away from home, and it is a real comfort to see the bottle standing there with ice from the top to bottom along one side. indicating that there were NO extended power outages in our absence,

  42. ThePorritZ on October 12, 2021 at 9:07 am

    i know this is 7 months old, i just recently started watching this channel…
    but i LOVE the fact that this couple really use their brains and THINK about important stuff…

    Much love from Finland


  43. Steve Schnatz on October 12, 2021 at 9:07 am

    just saw the Huckleberry Hound

  44. KGP MEDIA HOMEE on October 12, 2021 at 9:09 am

    Haha sear going out of business so no warranty

  45. Douglas Allen on October 12, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Why lug that freezer around? You should have bought two at the price you got them at. Oops! Just unplug the one you’re not using.

  46. CJ357 22 on October 12, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I have a freezer like this one. Its a Haier, love it! in saving space in this freezer this is what I do with stew and may other things. I use the ziplock qt bags. I measure 2 cups with tiny amount of air space. Lay the bags flat. You can stack alot in there. It would save your jars for something else. This is only a suggestion. Also your bone broth would freeze very well like this.

  47. v12tommy on October 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

    My mom told me about a cool trick someone showed her. I think it was more for leaving on vacation, but might work in your case as well. Freeze water in a container, and once it is frozen, place a quarter on top of the ice. Say you lose power for some time, but everything is refrozen when you get home. Normally you wouldn’t know that your food had thawed, but if the ice melts in the container, the quarter will sink and the water will refreeze with the quarter at the bottom.

  48. John M on October 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

    I appreciate your video. I need help. I would like to run a freezer just like yours on a small solar system. Just the freezer. Can you help me figure out how many 100ah batteries and how many 100w panels to operate. Everything I can find ranges from giant systems to a couple panels/batteries. I know that there are a lot of variables, but I would appreciate any help you can give. Thanks.

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  50. Valueless Dollar on October 12, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Sears is dying… so just factor the price.

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