Demise of the chest freezer?

I just took my expired chest freezer (as in double the size of a washing machine) to the dump, and was accused of it being commercial. Do people not use these things anymore?
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On Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:11:58 UTC+1, Jimmy Wilkinson Knife wrote:

I have two of them. Not huge ones though.
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Mine was pretty much double the width of a washing machine etc. Standard sized chest freezer which I've seen ever since I was born 43 years ago. Maybe less folk freeze large quantities of home grown food now and just want a small thing the size of a fridge to store frozen pizzas from Asda for a few weeks? Trying to buy a second hand one to replace it, there were about 20 times as many fridge freezers as chest freezers.
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That isnt what most get used for and never has been.

I doubt it.

Yeah, its certainly true that combined fridge freezers are now more common than stand alone chest freezers and the stand alone vertical freezers.
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But a combined unit can't store much frozen food. Something has changed. Ever since I was a kid the chest freezer was always crammed full.
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Rod Speed wrote:

Mine just gets filled up with stuff I never get round to eating and I would not have the foggiest notion what was below one foot down, every year or so I chuck it all out and start again.

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I do have some like that, but it's a minority of what is in it.

I do because I label some stuff and its in the database.

I never do that with the all.

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you can see all your food, the problem with chest freezers is stuff is under other stuff.

Geek!

But does you do it with the some?
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Its more complicated than that. The drawers are quite deep, about 300mm each, so you do still get old stuff at the bottom of the drawers.

True of the drawers too.

Basically decide that I should go thru the drawers and chuck the stuff that I am never going to eat, but like with everything, have plenty of more interesting things to do, so do that instead.
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I seem to remember in the old days most got them from Bejam, but they were bought by Iceland and of course the supply of chest freezers may now be dictated by these specialist stores. As in so many things like phones with real keypads, they are slowly going away. I'd not want a second hand chest freezer since they can appear to work but the insulation gets shot and they use power like there is no tomorrow. Brian
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Very quickly, actually. And even you blindys should be able to manage 'hey siri, call fred' etc.

Trivial to check if has been shot.

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It hardly ever doesn't and I do most calls that way.
And always turn do not disturb on and off that way at least twice a day too. And always turn the main room lights on when I get up that way and turn the lights off when in bed at night that way too, every day.

Presumably another of those hairy legged cross dressers that most poms can't understand either.

I did have one of the bar fridge sized freezers die, but it was one of those whose shelves are made of stamped metal sheet. That leaked and let the refrigerant leak out and isnt feasible to fix the leak.
The replacement has the shelves with metal tubes well spaces with metal wires welded to the tubes and that has never leaked in much longer in use.

True.

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On 21/10/2018 16:11, Jimmy Wilkinson Knife wrote:

I bought one before there was VAT. I got a big one because it was cheaper than a small one due to Purchase Tax on small ones. Mine was 16 cubit feet. It cost £82. All its life it had a peculiarity in that the yellow neon would only glow when illuminated by the room light. I never understood this. When I decided to replace the freezer I found that it had leaked underneath. The concrete floor was frozen sold due to water getting between the cracks and freezing. When we lifted the freezer the floor came with it. I now have two Beko uprights. They are fine. As a precaution I gave them their own mains supplies and their own RCDs, nothing to do with the house. I also bought two of those little thermometers on a wire. They cost £12 + VAT. I extended the wires. They give an interesting insight into the way the inside temp of a freezer cycles up and down.
Bill
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Bloody hell how old are you? I thought we'd always had it. I'm 43 and can remember 15% and 17.5% before they decided to STEAL more money from us at 20%.

Why on earth would that happen? Was yours classed as commercial and VAT exempt? I thought you said there was no VAT yet?

Neither do I. I assume it was broken and was just reflecting?

That's why I just got rid of this one, the carpet was getting soggy. I also noticed it was running for longer each time and outputting less heat. I think when they get old the pipes rust and some refridgerant leaks out, making them less efficient.

Odd that liquid water could escape a frozen object.

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Have you tried putting the sensor at the bottom and the top of the insides? There's quite some difference. I had a chest freezer that was -18C at the top and -30C at the bottom. Presumably that's why there was a sticker inside it saying you could turn the thermostat down if you only filled the bottom half.
The other weird thing I saw was a sticker that said sausages only last 1 month yet beef lasts 12 months. Why?
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On Sunday, 21 October 2018 16:51:14 UTC+1, Jimmy Wilkinson Knife wrote:

Bill is one of our senior members.
Purchase Tax was abolished on 2 April 1973 and replaced by Value Added Tax (VAT), initially set at a rate of 10%, which was shortly afterwards reduced to 8%.
Purchase Tax was originally 33.3333%

Nobbut a young'un yet.

Possibly seen as a necessity for larger families or bulk food storage. Purchase Tax applied to 'luxury' items.

The sausages contain minced meat, which will degrade more quickly than a solid lump of beef.
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OUCH!

I don't feel like it.

Yes, storing food long term to save money is a luxury....

Why? It's still meat, with bacteria which can live at certain temperatures.
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wrote:

Because the offcuts of meat used in sausages picks up a lot more bacteria in the process of being minced etc.

Lot more bacteria per weight of meat.
Only surface bacteria on the say steak or leg of lamb.
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One wonders why it isn't only vegetarians who survive.
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wrote:

That won't kill you.
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