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Need input on an idea for making use of a defunct freezer.

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So Monday morning I discovered one of our freezers had quit working. Luckily I found it before the meat had thawed much and got most of it transferred to our other freezer. We bought another freezer the next day and it was delivered the day after that. The old freezer was supposed to be hauled off when the new one was delivered but the delivery men refused to take it because it had been sitting in our garage, exposed to mice, spiders and such and they didn't want such things getting in their new appliances. Quite understandable. Anyway, they moved it out on the patio for us and a couple of day later as I walked past it, it occurred to me that if it were buried it would be a great storage place for food, ammunition, guns, and 19 cu. ft. of other preps. My question is, what should I wrap the freezer in to help keep it from rusting, and should I line the interior with something? Would mylar be a good material?
 

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Another thought would be to convert into a smoker.
 

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what about tar?
 

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I see ads for Flex Seal on TV. Never used it but am planning on buying some
to coat some metal sheeting around the bottoms near the ground. Anybody use
Flex Seal yet?

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I have the same concerns for Flex Seal that I do for tar. I'll have to check out the labeling on a can.
flexseal and similar products are enviromentally friendly after they cure......nothing at all like a "tar" product......wouldnt bother me at all to line my drinking cup with a cured flexseal product
 

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..... Anybody use Flex Seal yet?
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I use the aerosol version to seal around my skylights. It needs to be re-applied every two-three years due to constant exposure to sunlight and roof heat.

IF you do decide to put it underground just lay a plastic membrane between any soil and dead frig. FWIW
 

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Epoxy 'tar' or similar. Basically an epoxy resin based product, use it in marine all the time... epoxy belongs in the hall of fame. Seal joints with 'sikaflex' or a similar high quality polyurethane adhesive, they stick windscreens in with the stuff, boats have been built using only sikaflex as the adhesive... another time tested marine hall of fame product. 3m have a competing product that people swear by, forget the name.
 
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Turn it into a gun safe.
If it becomes a smoker, you would have to strip out all the plastic and electrical etc, I would think.
Most likely best use is to haul it to the junkyard for scrap metal value.
 

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(remove lid) instant kiddie hottub, haha!
 
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Not if the tar is dried , many home builders use it for the exterior basement walls to keep out water and moisture in wet areas, im sure the tree huggers would be up in arms if it was damaging
 

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My foundation is tarred. I tarred a lot of foundations back in the 1970s. Don't know if it is still done.
 

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Burying the freezer seems like not so great an idea to me.
How will you seal the lid gasket so as to not allow rain water to seep in.
Just imagine trying to keep a river flood from seeping through your front door.
Just a little moisture in there will rust whatever is inside.

I also keep an old freezer in the barn for storage of whatever I don't want the coons eating or messing up.
 
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flexseal and similar products are enviromentally friendly after they cure......nothing at all like a "tar" product......wouldnt bother me at all to line my drinking cup with a cured flexseal product
That's great to know! I could paint the outside and the inside of the freezer with Flex Seal.
 
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Turn it into a gun safe.
If it becomes a smoker, you would have to strip out all the plastic and electrical etc, I would think.
Most likely best use is to haul it to the junkyard for scrap metal value.
I could use a gun safe too. Another good idea. Although I still think it would make a great cache of supplies. We do have a metal recycling place nearby but prices aren't all that high right now.
 
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Burying the freezer seems like not so great an idea to me.
How will you seal the lid gasket so as to not allow rain water to seep in.
Just imagine trying to keep a river flood from seeping through your front door.
Just a little moisture in there will rust whatever is inside.

I also keep an old freezer in the barn for storage of whatever I don't want the coons eating or messing up.

Hmmm, good thought. Any ideas anyone?
 

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Whatever you do with it, make sure a child cannot get into it. Lock the door (if it has a lock), chain the door or even take the lid off. Don't want a kid suffocating.
 

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if i had one right now i would probably use it for dry ammo storage in my shop......and put a lightbulb or golden rod in it to keep it dehumidified........or a place in my barn to store liquids i wont want to freeze in the winter...
 

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Take the door off and let the trash man get it out of there.
 

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Make it pay for itself If it is a chest freezer it would work best but if not just lay it on its back and fill it with dirt and your old coffee grounds and add night crawlers for a self service worm business.