[Market-farming] walk in cooler

maury sheets maurysheets at verizon.net
Tue Feb 6 21:30:16 EST 2007



I have a 20 foot nitrogen shipping container I use for a cooler.  They don't
come any cheaper or more insulated.  I added a compressor and a bulkhead and
used the back half as a freezer and the front half as a cooler (a fan in the
bulkhead thermostatically controlled for cooling the front).  The electric
bill is minimal.  I wouldn't be without it.


Maury Sheets 





Woodland Produce- Fairton, New Jersey

Hydroponically producing sustainable salad greens in the Northeast.



From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org
[mailto:market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of Karen
Sutherland & Roots Farm
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2007 2:06 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] walk in cooler


Has anyone any experience with/knowledge about converting/using an insulated
20' shipping container as a produce cooler?  I need to ship a number of
large items from U.S. to Dominica and am wondering if it makes sense to
purchase a used insulated container to ship in, then convert it here to
propane (or solar???), sectioned into several different spaces that could be
kept at different temperatures.  

We are in the midst of our busiest season here.  Dry season to follow, then
too wet, so despite year round work, annual farm income must largely be
gained from about 4-5 months production.  At least that's what past weather
experience has shown.  The changing weather pattern makes projections so
much iffier than usual.  

Thanks so much to all of you for all the wisdom and experience and even
conjecture shared on the list.  

All best wishes,


Karen Sutherland 
Roots Farm
Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs 
Cockrane, Dominica 
rootsfarm at marpin.dm


Willie McKemie wrote: 

On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 05:42:22PM -0700, SHEILA PAYNE wrote:

I was reading with interest the discussion on post harvest cooling.  As I'm
not as handy as some of you,  I was wondering what you think about this -- 

Typically, around Texas, farmers buy MUCH rougher walkins.  BUT, 
several times the size and 1/3 - 1/2 the price.

I also see these on sale for much cheaper.  Opinions?

A much more attractive deal if it fits your needs.  This makes no 
sense, though:
During the move it was unfortunately unplugged for about two weeks, so 
it will need to be recharged with coolant.
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