outdoor refrigerators- Toronto area
- biggreenmatt Mar 27, 2014 11:39 AM
You'd think in this modern age of petroleum automobiles and television dinners and, y'know, Google, that it'd be easy to track down a place to buy a small, outdoor-rated fridge to go on one's back deck.
Not Costco, not Canadian Tire, not Nella- can't find nothing.
Any of you Smart People in The Magical Land of Teh Intrawebs know where I might be able to pick up something suited to my needs?
You'll be pleased to hear that along with festooning my soon-to-be-constructed back deck with an outdoor fridge (my place doesn't have a door direct from the kitchen to the backyard, making the putting of a fridge back there pretty convenient from a cooking/hosting perspective), I'm also looking to get a crappy POS old clunker of a fridge for my garage, pull the sucker apart and turn it into a curing chamber.
Bought Ruhlman's Salume a while back, put it down for months, and now I'm looking at it again, enviously. Dry-curing is my next logical kitchen progression, and I'll tell ya- can't wait to start.
I think maybe you limited your search too much by googling "outdoor fridge Toronto". What I suggest you do is find manufactur's of outdoor fridges and then contact the manufacturer/check their website to see if they have Canadian distribution. I just did a search and came across this company that make's an outdoor fridge and has distributors in Ontario:
Now it is possible those companies don't carry the actual fridge.
In general, I would say contact some of the larger BBQ distibutors too, like Ontario Gas BBQ as it seems like something that would line up with their business model or they can at least put you in the right direction.
FWIW I have a regular fridge that I keep running year round in my detached uninsulated/unheated garage. Works great, never had a problem with it.
I live in MN, and was so frustrated when I wanted a chest freezer I could keep in my frozen garage.
According to my mechanical engineer father who designed industrial chillers (big air conditioning units) it comes down to the chemicals used to chill in food storage devices don't work well below 50 degrees, thanks in part to all the environmental regulations. The product you seek could exist, but it's not going to be cheap.
Older fridges can still function because they aren't governed by the current regulations, so they can use the "good" chemical coolants which the EPA (or Canadian equivalent) banned years ago. Sorry!
Mm. From the look of it, I think I'm going to have to pony up some bills to get the thing properly kitted out.
Bah. Oh well. Thanks, all.