Re: Cohousing-L Digest, Vol 177, Issue 8
From: Judy Hecht (judheeyahoo.com)
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2018 13:21:47 -0700 (PDT)
We have 2 residential fridges and they work well for us. We usually have 25-35 
at a meal, so a smaller group to feed but we've also done much larger meals. 
They wouldn't work for full size sheet pans and only fit one extra large mixing 
bowl per fridge.

I've run a food pantry for years and had a couple different commercial 
refrigerators. They are very noisy and I wouldn't want them in our common house 
kitchen.

Jude Hecht
Coho Ecovillage

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>   1. Re: commercial or residential refrigerator? (Chuck Harrison)
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> From: Chuck Harrison <cfharr [at] gmail.com>
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> Subject: Re: [C-L]_ commercial or residential refrigerator?
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> We recently replaced a pair of residential refrigerators in our common
> house kitchen (Whirlpool model GB22DKXGW02), because one of them failed
> after 17 years' service. The replacement refrigerators are
> Whirlpool WRF535SMBM00 which cost about $1000 each at Sears. These units
> have pull-out "drawer" freezer compartments at the bottom. We got icemakers
> in both of them.
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>  -Approximately how many diners do you typically cook dinner for?
> *20 might be typical*
>  -Can you put full-size sheet pans inside?
> *Full sheet pans (18x26) would easily fit, although the largest pans we
> cook with are half-sheet (13x18)*
>  -What do you like and not like about your fridge(s)?
> *The "french doors" give great access*
>  -Is it inconvenient to have 2 separate fridges, if that's what you have?
> *We are used to having two fridges, and it works well for us.*
>  -What brand and model is it?
> *Whirlpool WRF535SMBM00*
>  -What year did you get it?
> *2016*
> 
> One of our members with commercial kitchen experience recommended a
> residential over commercial unit. Her comments were that commercial
> equipment is designed to hold temperature more precisely and to stabilize
> more quickly when new food is loaded; this is based on health code
> considerations. While this sounds good, it means they have more powerful
> compressors, which cycle more often, and generally don't last as long
> before needing service. Also the commercial kitchens don't usually care
> much about noise. Of course that statement is a broad generalization and
> may not apply to a specific model you are considering.
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> Chuck Harrison
> Duwamish Cohousing
> Seattle, WA
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>> On Fri, Sep 21, 2018 at 11:24 AM Muriel Kranowski <murielk [at] vt.edu> 
>> wrote:
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>> 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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