So as I've begun seriously planning out my galley
I have gone back to something I've wondered over and over again.
When it comes down to refrigeration
is it worth buying
all the super expensive and tiny marine
units, or could I just use standard store-bought appliances
I want to have both a chest freezer
and a small refrigerator
in my boat.
You can buy a 5 cubic foot chest freezer
with a fairly small footprint for between $150-250. The only difference in them seems to be in thickness of the cabinets and I would imagine energy efficiency. Likewise I can buy a very nice and fairly efficient refrigerator
(3.5-4 cf) for between $150-500 depending on how nice it is and the shape of it.
Now I know how I eat and live, and I use my fridge for things that are either left over for a few days, for dairy stuff that doesn't stay in there for long, for fruits and vegetables, and for drinks. Those things don't require a super cool environment
. I do eat a lot of meat dishes and tend to make big meals
divvie them up and freeze them.
So I'm thinking one of these under counter fridges and a chest freezer is the perfect set up for me. Plus I lived in Europe
with a similar system minus the freezer and never had a prob.
Either way, I would imagine that these household units are on their own less energy efficient than custom marine
apps. They do use compressors, which use electricity. They would also require me to run A/C power for them (unless I can figure out how to convert them to DC).
But, I would think I should be able to add a further layer of hardcore insulation
around these units as part of the install and make them a bit more energy efficient on the cheap
. Plus, the more you keep in a fridge or freezer the less it has to operate (even if you're just freezing ice).
So, what the whole point of this post is, when you look at the initial cost of between $300-700 for full installation
versus the added expense over time of using a bit more electricity, is it worthwhile to go with these units over somethign designed for a boat?