I want a refrigerator in an un-insulated portion of my basement. I'd like both more freezer and fridge space. I live in Chicago. That portion of the basement could hit outside temps. The previous owners had a freezer only there.
I'm basing all my research based on what this guy says
in that you can't just throw a normal freezer/fridge into a garage and expect it to be fine in 0-32 F temps.
So far my research has yielded a $1000 unit
. Too expensive!
Then there is this heater kit
, that I could probably figure out with some research on finding a compatible fridge. Seems like a big PTIA.
Then I bought this
at one point thinking I could convert the full freezer to a fridge
, but I've played with that and the freezer is a frosty model. . so the whole thing gets kind of wet and then drains. However if I put this in the fridge portion of a regular freezer/fridge combo, I'm thinking it may work.
So what's the deal though seriously? I seemingly know plenty of people who have fridge's in their garages. Is it really that bad that I need to go through all this? Should I just buy a fridge off craigslist and give it a whirl without all the nonsense?