Two Edgestar 43 quart refrigerator/freezers are on their way to Pinole, the tiny town 20 minutes North of Oakland, CA. Don’t know where Oakland is? I would advise you to look it up. Seriously, I’m not being facetious. Look it up and know where it is so you can avoid it.
One of the Edgestars will be used as a refrigerator, and the other as a freezer. With 600 watts of solar on Gypsy’s roof, I’m hoping it won’t be too much for her to handle. The battery bank will either be 610 of 448 AH, but I’m leaning toward 448 because of the cost.
As a sidenote, internet strangers from obscure internet forums have me believing that Edgestar products are actually made by Whynter, and Whynter products seem to be just as good as their more expensive competitors. What has me slightly worried are the reviews of the Edgestar. But at a savings of $200, and feeling a bit miserly, I’m willing to take the risk.
Why so much solar? I’m really really really hoping to get away without using any propane. Why go propane-less? My reasons are sevenfold:
- I don’t want to have to buy and install a $450 horizontal propane tank.
- I also don’t want to mess with those expensive little green bottles of propane.
- I also don’t want to mess with BBQ grill-sized tanks of propane.
- I’m afraid of propane killing me in my sleep.
- I’m afraid of a propane explosion.
- I don’t want to mess with checking for propane leaks every month or week.
- I don’t want to worry about running out of propane or getting tanks refilled.
Basically, I’m too cheap, lazy, and scared to deal with propane. That said, I reserve the right to change my mind about all of it.