A DIY walk-in cooler can make storing vegetables, beer and wine, and meat both affordable and energy efficient. Here are some ways you can use a walk-in cooler for home projects.
1. Root cellar / cold storage room
Calling all homesteaders! Finally, there’s a modern and affordable way to keep your food fresh and in the perfect environment without having to dig a hole in the ground.
2. Wine cellar
Are you an oenophile? Keep your wine at the perfect 55 degrees with a temperature- and humidity-controlled walk-in cooler. Find out how IT professional Rob Esau transformed his crawl space into a wine cellar for less than $1,000.
3. Fermenting room
If you brew your own beer, you know that maintaining the perfect temperature for fermenting matters — a lot. And if you’re brewing at home, having a walk-in cooler to store your growing beer collection can help you stay organized, so you can keep the beer flowing.
4. Produce cooler
When you grow most of your own food, storing your harvest in a cool, dark spot is crucial to avoid spoilage. Keep your bounty at the perfect temperature with a DIY walk-in cooler.
5. Flower cooler
Are you a master gardener? A walk-in cooler can help force bulbs, keep flowers fresh, and prep seeds for the next season.
6. Survival pantry
A walk-in cooler helps ensure your food is stored properly — and at the right temperature — if disaster strikes. Learn how to turn the contents of your survival pantry into meals fit for a king from Chef Keith Snow.
7. Cheese cave
Keep your cheese at the perfect temperature with a temperature controlled walk-in cooler without breaking the bank. See how people make cheese from New Hampshire to Nepal.
8. Meat cooler
If you’re a hunter, a walk-in cooler gives you a space to store your game until you can get it to a processor. See how hunters DIY their own meat cooler.
Learn more about how hunters use the CoolBot to help store and cool meat all season long. It also helps meat taste better!
9. Curing chamber
If you already cure meat at home, you know temperature, humidity, and air flow is paramount — and that simply hanging sausage in your garage doesn’t suffice. With a walk-in cooler, you can easily control the temperature and humidity to get a safe, decent product.
10. Emergency shelter
Besides storing food, a walk-in cooler can provide a safe place if a natural disaster strikes. Just ask Amber Bradshaw. Though most of the time, she uses her cooler for food, it came in very handy as an emergency shelter when her region was hit by a hurricane last year.
All you need to get started on your DIY walk-in cooler is a well-insulated room, an air conditioner, and a CoolBot. If you need help, contact us. We have a ton of resources to make building your own cooler as simple as possible.