Freezer in a shed...

Due to the crappy design of new housing developments the only place we have to put a freezer will be in the shed. Now it's obviously water proofed and off the ground etc but I have no doubt that in winter the might be SOME damp in the air... Would this cause a huge problem? :confused:
Anyone else have their freezer in the shed?
I was thinking of getting those roller things to put under it - not so it's easier to move but to give it an extra lift off the ground just as added security although we've never been flodded (touch wood!)
DFW Nerd #025
DFW no more! Officially debt free 2017 - now joining the MFW's! :)

My DFW Diary - blah- mildly funny stuff about my journey
«13

Replies

  • A pallet would do to raise it off the ground.
  • LindseyMLindseyM Forumite
    284 Posts
    My aunty has always had her freezer in the shed/garage because the kitchen is too small and has never had any probs
    Official DFW Nerd no: 563 - Proud to be dealing with my debts
    :j
  • Yeah, my Mum and Grandma both have freezers in the shed, and neither have any problems. Just make sure it's off the ground, and possibly try to get a dodgy old freezer from freecycle to try it out first so you don't risk your own unnecessarily...
  • A freezer is a shed should be fine though there are a few provisos.

    It will be a pain to have to go to the shed in cold and wet weather to get something so maybe you should also get a fridge with a small freezer section in the kitchen so you can have some items in there.

    You might get a bit of premature rusting because of the damp air but this is unlikely to be anything more than cosmetic damage. Just check it occasionally and take remedial action if it gets too bad. A bit of rust on the hinges or other external parts is unlikely to be serious.

    If the shed get very hot in summer, the freezer has to work harder and will use more electricity though this is offset by lower electricity usage in cold weather.

    The only freezer that should not go in a shed or other very cold place in winter is a fridge freezer combination with a single thermostat. In very cold weather the single thermostat does not kick in and the freezer section can warm up.

    A stand alone freezer or a fridge freezer with separate thermostats will be fine in a shed or garage. Thousands of people have them there.
  • MrsTinksMrsTinks Forumite
    15.2K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Combo Breaker Name Dropper
    Thanks :)

    We have a fridge freezer already but this doens't have enough space for the OS lifestyle we're trying to live... Hence the need for a proper freezer. I'm looking at a £190 chest freezer which will suit our needs and has a A+ rating so although it'll use more power in summer I'm fairly happy it'll not be extortionate :)
    And I'm so tired of not being able to fit anything in the 2 1/2 drawers I have at the moment, things like berries, frozen veg gluts and picking a whole chicken to freeze are currently luxuries I can't do.
    Ooooo I can't wait!!!! :yay:
    DFW Nerd #025
    DFW no more! Officially debt free 2017 - now joining the MFW's! :)

    My DFW Diary - blah- mildly funny stuff about my journey
  • kwattkwatt Forumite
    711 Posts
    Rather than boring you all here, I wrote a complete and detailed article which you can read from this link on this very subject as we get asked this... a lot. ;)

    In short, not such a great idea these days I'm afraid as most machines, especially cheap ones, are simply not engineered to cope with the high and low ambients as you'll see if you read the bit about climate classes. Older machines, often a lot tougher than the new ones.

    K.
    "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. Its what you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain
  • kwatt wrote: »
    In short, not such a great idea these days I'm afraid as most machines, especially cheap ones, are simply not engineered to cope with the high and low ambients as you'll see if you read the bit about climate classes. Older machines, often a lot tougher than the new ones.
    Maybe looking in loot or on freecycle for an older chest freezer wouldn't be such a bad idea then...
  • Do I need to buy a special thermostated one? I am thinking of buying a (third:o) freezer to put in the shed-probably a chest one. Do I have to go super duper expensive or is any bog standard one ok?
    Shed is unheated, and about 40 foot from house in garden (steps and grass)-do you think this would put you off from going up there in winter?
    Thanks
  • We had a second freezer in our unheated garage.It was'nt attached to the house so we had to go out to get anything we wanted.It was a real pain and to be honest we got rid of it as we could never be bothered.Can you imagine having to get on your coat,shoes,brolley ect just to get a bag of whatever especially on a winter's tea time in the dark.
    I can't say about the thermostat as ours seemed to work ok but I would check it out properly before buying.
  • greenbeegreenbee Forumite
    15.6K Posts
    Part of the Furniture 10,000 Posts Name Dropper Photogenic
    Forumite
    I have a freezer in my garage (which is really just a big, leaky shed!). I don't use it all the time, just when I need the extra space. Every so often I would move stuff that I was likely to want/need/use into the freezer in the house to avoid the problem of having to nip out in the rain for odds & ends.

    It was pretty much the cheapest I could get for the size/type I wanted, so find yourself a bargain and see how you get on (you could always try freecycle)
This discussion has been closed.
Latest MSE News and Guides

Gin, gee-gees & groceries

This week's MSE Forum highlights

Team Blog

2for1 adult tickets to theme parks

Via selected £1-£3 Kellogg's promo packs

MSE Deals