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Thread: Gas Fridge/Freezers : Gas Usage

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    Default Gas Fridge/Freezers : Gas Usage

    So we made the switch over to a gas oven a while ago. Best investment ever.

    Now we are looking for a gas fridge, and possibly, a freezer as well.

    Do the newer models use a lot of gas, or are they more efficient than the older units?
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    An average size gas fridge/freezer uses about 0.75 Kgs of gas per day which amounts to R15 per day, not cheap, also depends on how often you open it etc.
    Maybe look at paraffin.

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    We use a sub zero chest deep freeze one at the holiday home uses about 9kg in just less than 3 weeks if I remember right.

    I dont think I would make the effort to go gas on fridge/freezers rather put them on a failover solar system if you really feel the need.

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    I have a Zero 260L Gas Fridge/Freezer, it consumes about 300g per day on average. The trick is to limit how many times you open it. Obviously, the less you open it the less cold air escapes, therefor the less gas it has to burn to cool it down. The 750g mentioned before, i am guessing is at start up, once it is to temperature it only burns a pilot light until temp rises. They are expensive to buy initially if you buy them from a appliance store (around R9000) I got mine for a steal on bid or buy - Under R3000 incl delivery.

    I am running the gas fridge along side a 16L gas Geyser and gas stove. I am totally off grid so if i wanted to run an electric fridge off the solar power my initial investment on extra batteries to support it would have far outstripped the amount of gas i would use over the next 10 years for the gas fridge. Therefor for my situation it was a sound choice.

    Everyone's situations differ.

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    My biggest problem with gas is future availability.
    With more people switching to gas appliances this could be a major problem.
    Even today you often see suppliers with no stock.

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    That is very true, just this weekend i had to hop around three different places to get a new 19kg. AA Gas in Howick are very good. they deliver if it is not on short notice, you just need to place an order with them 2/3 days in advance. Would recommend them very highly. have received excellent service so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProAsm View Post
    My biggest problem with gas is future availability.
    With more people switching to gas appliances this could be a major problem.
    Even today you often see suppliers with no stock.
    One thing i forgot to mention, the Zero Gas fridge is gas and electric, so for the above issue, if it takes you 2 days to find gas you wont have to worry too much as you can plug it into mains to keep it going until you find more gas...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Off Grid View Post
    One thing i forgot to mention, the Zero Gas fridge is gas and electric, so for the above issue, if it takes you 2 days to find gas you wont have to worry too much as you can plug it into mains to keep it going until you find more gas...
    LOL, problem is if you never find gas............. can happen.
    A friend of mine in Linwood Park is looking into a paraffin fridge so I'll wait till he has a report on it

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    Thread necro....

    I am looking at the Zero Gas/Electric or Paraffin/Electric fridges.

    @Off Grid the Zero appears to be a 230l fridge. Is this the one you have ? http://zeroappliances.co.za/product/...-refrigerator/
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    Quote Originally Posted by Freshy-ZN View Post
    Thread necro....

    I am looking at the Zero Gas/Electric or Paraffin/Electric fridges.

    @Off Grid the Zero appears to be a 230l fridge. Is this the one you have ? http://zeroappliances.co.za/product/...-refrigerator/
    That fridge looks like it was made in the 80's!
    Is it cheaper to run a fridge off of gas than electricity?

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    750g of gas per 24hr . Or 23kg per month

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehuman View Post
    750g of gas per 24hr . Or 23kg per month
    That doesn't sound to cheap, what does that equate to in gas prices per kg?

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    Quote Originally Posted by airborne View Post
    That doesn't sound to cheap, what does that equate to in gas prices per kg?
    About 500 rand a month

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    Quote Originally Posted by requiem View Post
    About 500 rand a month
    unless you don't have electricity in your area, I cannot fathom how that business case would stack.

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    Electricity wise, that fridge uses 320 watts, or 7 kWh thats a hell of a lot for a 230L fridge.
    7 x 30 = 210 kWh per month, approx R400 just for the fridge, ouch!
    We have a Sharp Eco 520L fridge and it only uses 180 watts and hardly ever runs.

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