Re: commercial or residential refrigerator?
From: Kathy Tymoczko (
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 12:32:03 -0700 (PDT)
We have a Traulsen Model G20010 2-door refrigerator in our Common House
kitchen.  We use one side of it for kitchen staples (butter, eggs, cheese,
condiments, and ingredients for upcoming community meals) and the other
side for leftovers or other food that is up for grabs.  There's plenty of
room for sheet pans (I think our largest ones are three-quarter size, but
full size would fit) and large bowls for meal prep stuff.  We also
have a Traulsen
Model G12010 1-door freezer, used exclusively for kitchen staples (salmon
that we order in bulk once a year, vegetable stock, vegetable trimmings for
making more vegetable stock, etc.).  We do allow folks to temporarily store
things in both the freezer and fridge, as long as there's space and it's
very short term storage.  We do have two residential freezers in the Common
House basement for storage of personal frozen goods.  In the cafe area of
our Common House great room we also have an under-counter beverage
fridge Silver
King Model SKR24.  They're all noisier than a residential fridge, but the
noise is really only an issue for the cafe beverage fridge.  They're all
nine years old and reasonably reliable.

On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 11:24 AM Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at]> wrote:

> We need a new fridge and of course there are two schools of thought here -
> get a new, very well insulated commercial fridge to replace our old noisy
> but capacious commercial fridge, or buy one or two very large residential
> fridges. I searched in the archives; the most recent thread on this topic
> that I found is from 2014 and rather brief, and I wonder if anyone has
> anything more recent to report.
> Our major size constraint is that we often need to be able to put 1 or 2
> full-size sheet pans in the fridge and/or one or two giant metal bowls
> while prepping for dinner, as our meal attendance is often 45-55 people. We
> have a separate under-counter freezer, which is fine for us.
> Re commercial fridges, does anyone know of a relatively quiet model that is
> also energy efficient? (The unicorn of CH fridges....)
> Re residential fridges, I know a number of communities have opted for one
> or two of these. If that's what you have, could you please answer these
> questions?
>   -Approximately how many diners do you typically cook dinner for?
>   -Can you put full-size sheet pans inside?
>   -What do you like and not like about your fridge(s)?
>   -Is it inconvenient to have 2 separate fridges, if that's what you have?
>   -What brand and model is it?
>   -What year did you get it?
> Thank you very much?
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Kathy Tymoczko
Daybreak Cohousing <>
Portland, Oregon

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