Gas refrigerators?

Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: ramblerboy2 On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:48 pm

Anyone have experience with gas refrigerators? A friend had one in a cabin in the Adirondacks, ran off propane. I did some searching online and see that they are available but rather expensive. Our power goes out regularly and I'd like to lose the worry of losing everything from my freezer. Plus electricity is very expensive in CT but natural gas is relatively cheap these days. I just don't know if the gas fridges work well or are reliable, etc.
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: buffalo bob On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:52 pm

worked real well in my camper
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: freetown fred On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 6:57 pm

That's all I used up in VT along with gas hot water, gas globeular lights'--gravity feed spring everything worked real well--plus NO elec bill :)
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: jim d On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:34 pm

akla servell makes them and they last forever
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: Short Bus On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 9:51 pm

Work great.
Not sure how much gas they use.
Typically they are propane, but probalby convertable
Not available in every size, shape, and color.
Modern electric refrigerators use much less power than older units, but when the powers out you need a pretty big generator to start them.
Get the propane wall lights, they are great.
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: ramblerboy2 On: Wed Oct 31, 2012 11:55 pm

Thanks guys! I knew folks here would have some info/experience. I'm also not happy with the 5-7 year life-span of current mechanical refrigerators; they might use less electricity but if you need to replace them every 7 years there is no real point, in my mind. When my current electric fridge dies I will definitely switch to a gas one.
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: Freddy On: Thu Nov 01, 2012 5:26 am

They do work, but have a few quirks. Unless they have made great strides in recent years, they don't freeze things as cold....don't plan on keeping ice cream. They do use a fair amount of gas. We used to use one 100 pound tank a month. The last thing is they pose a small CO risk. They do burn a flame and if they get clogged up can, and have, killed people. There was a time in the early 80's that had a push to stop making them for that reason, but, they recalled some, redesigned others and still sell new ones.
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: rockwood On: Thu Nov 01, 2012 11:14 am

I've never seen a full size one but we had a camp trailer with one that worked very well. Only a flame about the size of a pilot light kept the thing going, but it was a small sized fridge.
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Re: Gas refrigerators?

PostBy: AA130FIREMAN On: Thu Nov 01, 2012 12:02 pm

ramblerboy2 wrote:Thanks guys! I knew folks here would have some info/experience. I'm also not happy with the 5-7 year life-span of current mechanical refrigerators; they might use less electricity but if you need to replace them every 7 years there is no real point, in my mind. When my current electric fridge dies I will definitely switch to a gas one.
The problem is effiency, now they have computer boards to burn out, smaller compressors.If you want something that will last, find an old model that was gone over by an a/c mechanic. I know of an appliance store that does sales of new and referbished . They told me they lost alot of fridges when the power companies buy back program for old appliances.
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