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Old 10-06-2016, 07:15 AM
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Chest freezer is needed. Which one wont fail so I don't lose everything inside? Opinion suggestions?
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Old 10-06-2016, 08:38 AM
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All I've had have been GE, and I'd buy another one.

TIPS: Buy one larger than you think you need.........And don't plug it in to a GFI protected circuit.
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Everything fails. If it is that important, put a temp alarm on it that sounds locally. If even more important, tie the alarm to a dialer that will call your cell phone, or connect via your house alarm system so you are notified.

If I'm not going to be around for a while, I leave only ice in my bait freezer in the garage even if it means tossing bait out. Only need to come home once to a failed bait freezer... .that has been sitting a couple of months.
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Chest freezers are a pain in the ass. You are constantly digging under stuff you don't want at that time to find something you think should be there at the bottom. A stand up freezer is easier to locate things a keep an accurate inventory. The down side is everytime you open the door, the cold air rushes out unlike the chest freezer. For me the stand up is a better bet because of the time it takes to dig things out.
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I would go upright every time over a chest. Too difficult to get to stuff in a chest freezer, and you end up with stuff in the bottom that never gets used. Also, avoid "frost free", as all that consists of is a series of small heaters on the grids that melt the ice, and in turn cause freezer burn.

Avoid Kenmore at all cost, as sears is expected by many to be out of business nearly anytime.
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Bought a small Kenmore upright 3 years ago. Already had to replace the defrost heater.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
I would go upright every time over a chest. Too difficult to get to stuff in a chest freezer, and you end up with stuff in the bottom that never gets used. Also, avoid "frost free", as all that consists of is a series of small heaters on the grids that melt the ice, and in turn cause freezer burn.

Avoid Kenmore at all cost, as sears is expected by many to be out of business nearly anytime.
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Bought a small Kenmore upright 3 years ago. Already had to replace the defrost heater.
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Chest freezers are a pain in the ass. You are constantly digging under stuff you don't want at that time to find something you think should be there at the bottom. A stand up freezer is easier to locate things a keep an accurate inventory. The down side is everytime you open the door, the cold air rushes out unlike the chest freezer. For me the stand up is a better bet because of the time it takes to dig things out.
I have had a Kenmore 18 running in my garage for who knows how long(30+) never had a problem with it.
if you get the baskets that slide back and forth the digging is less of a problem.
arrange the food in sections and rearrange from time to time to put older stuff on top to use 1st.
bulky stuff and ice goes on the very bottom , keep the clearance where the baskets slide over it without hitting.
when the frost starts to hinder the sliding of baskets it is time to put everything in ice chests and defrost the freezer. I do that maybe once a year.
when you open the lid there is very little hot moist air getting in a chest freezer because the cold stays inside
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I'm fine with a chest freezer for mostly frozen meats, fish, bait, and ice storage.

Wife keeps it full of frozen pizza, bread, blueberries, chicken broth, peas, and other stuff and really needs her own small stand up. Hmm, Christmas idea.
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Kenmore here, had 3 of them over the years in different places, never had a problem and I bought 1 of them used.
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Originally Posted by SeaBoss21 View Post
Chest freezers are a pain in the ass. You are constantly digging under stuff you don't want at that time to find something you think should be there at the bottom. A stand up freezer is easier to locate things a keep an accurate inventory. The down side is everytime you open the door, the cold air rushes out unlike the chest freezer. For me the stand up is a better bet because of the time it takes to dig things out.
x2, the chest freezer is a PIA. Keep it organized and the time the door is open on the stand up can be kept to a minimum.
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Depending on your location a chest freezer can be much better. Aka if you lose power more often like here in FL with the storms, it will hold temp much longer than a stand up.

If power is out for a really long time, you can put dry ice in the freezer to keep it cold. This is not good for a stand up (at least most of them) as the cooling is via air circulation like a "normal" fridge/freezer vs conductive. There are some exceptions, most of which don't have adjustable shelves.

The conductive type will be better at not freezer burning your stuff, as air circulation is the primary cause cause of it.

The stand up of course is much more convenient for regular access and has a much smaller footprint.
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Planning on small ice maker too, and want to freeze some buckets to make up for the limited ice. Plus big blocks of ice melt less and can be chipped. Thx to all
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Planning on small ice maker too, and want to freeze some buckets to make up for the limited ice. Plus big blocks of ice melt less and can be chipped. Thx to all
Just don't put them on fish in the fishbox!
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there all good just keep the lid closed and if you see a lot of frost ins
ide that is frozen humidity the lid has a air leak keep it at - 10 if it is a little hard to open that good its OK trust me
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I have a giant Frigidaire, it was cheap to begin with $600ish and showed up with a couple of small dents that resulted in a gift card with $115 more off the price. Not much to say, it's cold and big enough that an NFL lineman could take a chill and I'd still have room for a few bags of fish fillets and a 10lb bag of chicken wings......
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Planning on small ice maker too, and want to freeze some buckets to make up for the limited ice. Plus big blocks of ice melt less and can be chipped. Thx to all

Take leftover one gallon jugs of milk / ice tea / soda bottles etc etc, fill with water, throw them in freezer, put them in your coolers as many as you need, they will hold the cold for a long long time for alternative ice blocks....

Leave some room for ice to expand - have done this for many years with great success...
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