|Re: Common House Fridge||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Lynn Nadeau / Maraiah (welcomeolympus.net)|
|Date: Tue, 7 Oct 2014 08:33:15 -0700 (PDT)|
At RoseWind Cohousing, Port Townsend WA, we've had our common house fridge for 14 years, with only minor repairs (both due to clogging of the gutter-like funnel for diverting condensation drips to evaporator pan). We were told not to get a commercial one due to the noise factor, and that's relevant because our kitchen is open to our main meeting room. What we have is an Arctic Air model called (huh??) "Commercial". It has gone from quite quiet to more audible in recent years, but never to the point that anyone has complained or turned it off. It's better than a typical residential model in that it's very plain: zero special racks or compartments, just big shelves, with moveable racks. So big soup pots, bowls of salad, produce waiting to be transferred to the Food Bank, etc etc can fit. Condiment type stuff is corraled into plastic trays (about shoebox size) which can be easily moved around, and which keep stuff from tipping over (hot sauces, ketchup, mustard, pickles, maple syrup, salad dressings, tamari...) It has no ice (we virtually never use ice except for first aid). An upright freezer, donated years ago, is in the pantry, and is used for vacuum-sealed packets of garden rhubarb, garden onions, sometimes other garden produce, backstock of rice and cornmeal, butter, ice cream, sundry leftovers, and ice left over from events. Occasionally the drip channel has frozen up, so a bath towel on the bottom shelf is precautionary, to fend off puddles in such a case. So far, this arrangement has worked well for us. My main counsel is to have room for large pots, bowls, serving platters, and such. Simple is good. Maraiah Lynn Nadeau www.rosewind.org
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