Forrest Pritchard

Forrest has been farming professionally since 1996. His new book The Face of Our Farms: 18 Extraordinary Farmers and Their 50 Favorite Recipes will be published Summer 2015 by Lyons Press.

16 responses to “How To Build A Walk-In Freezer”

  1. Kathy Detert

    Enjoyed reading your book. The forward by Joel Salatin was a nice touch. Will watch for your next publication. Thank you for showing me there is someone else out there that is trying to make a difference. Kathy D.

  2. ibberoo2

    Nice work documenting this ambitious DIY project, Forrest. Wonder if it might make a good piece for Acres, USA, with just a little tweaking. I’ll bet a lot of other farmers could benefit from it.

  3. Sheila

    Outstanding! THAT is what I call the perfect Asset. It’s going to change your world for sure.
    I hope you share any changes you make to it in the future. I would love to see how you use it, and how it functions when all is finished.

  4. ellen

    your photos are most excellent. really well explained. Want to come over and build a walk-in cooler at our farm next?

  5. Margie Kreitzer

    Well it looks like your ground is similar to ours. We are planning to run more underground water lines etc., and have considered purchasing a backhoe, used. Looks like the one you are using is a reasonable size and yet the ole jack hammer has come to the rescue. If we still have to use a jack hammer at times maybe a smaller backhoe would serve the purpose
    I.e. a terramite. Do you think a smaller unit would have worked for you?

  6. Kyle

    Just curious, as I am looking to have a similar project done myself. What is the average temperature at your location and what is the energy consumption per month for said temperature? Thanks!

  7. Kyle

    ^ The monthly energy consumption of the walk in freezer that is.

  8. Capers N Conn

    I Where did you get your walk in freezer door, haven’t found where to get one..We are looking to build a smaller version of your freezer. Enjoyed your site.

  9. Jeff

    Will you be running those eight fans all day and night? If so, won’t they use a lot of energy (>.1,000 watts?) and input a lot of heat into the freezer?

  10. Darles

    Do you have a moisture barrier on the exterior of your walk-in freezer? If not, have you have any problems with condensation rotting the wood? Any suggestions as to where to find the glassboard you used on the interior? We’re an intentional community farm looking to build our own walk-in freezer. Thanks!

  11. Carter Mckinney

    the Glass board is called FRP (fiberglass reinforced plastic) avalable at just ebout every home depot in several colors

  12. tomtekullefarms

    I would be interested in knowing the energy consumption as well.

  13. Daniel

    What is the R value per 1″ thick piece of the insulation you used?

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