What are the advantages of a LP powered refrigerator?
A propane refrigerator is an efficient way of cooling food when one is living off the grid. There are many advantages buying a propane fridge. Since there are no moving parts on a propane refrigerator, there are no parts to wear out. With the propane price at $1.859 a gallon, a refrigerator will cost approximately $0.60 a day to operate in warmer climates. In cooler climates such as in northern CANADA , higher altitudes, etc., a refrigerator will operate at approx. $0.45 a day. With this amount of propane gas usage a person should be able to get 20 days of use with only a 20# propane cylinder. This sure beats using a cooler and and carrying ice packs to your cabin every time you get there.
The initial cost to purchase a propane gas refrigerator can be a bit higher than an electric refrigerator but in mancy cases, cheaper than a 12VDC refrigerator. But to compare an electric refrigerator with a propane refrigerator is not comparing apples to apples. An electric or 12VDC refrigerator runs with Freon and a compressor pump. A propane powered refrigerator operates with a propane gas flame to heat the ammonia and distilled water using hydrogen gas to circulate steam vapor and liquid ammonia to cool it down. No electric lines, inverters or generators are needed to power the refrigerator.
All propane gas refrigerators are hooked up with a 3/8” copper or flexible gas line to feed the gas. Many people using their off grid cabins part time, hook their propane refrigerator to a BBQ tank with a hose and regulator.
Many people ask me if I were to purchase a refrigerator, which would I choose: electric, 12VDC, or propane?
Most people may think the answer depends on the application. This being true, I personally use a propane powered refrigerator at our house. The reason why is, in order to live in a house off the grid, I still believe it is the most cost effective to operate a propane refrigerator in the long run. This is based on the amount of maintenance to operate a propane refrigerator versus a 12VDC solar refrigerator. Remember, there are no moving parts on a propane refrigerator, minimal maintenance to use this type of refrigeration unit and also a much longer warranty on a propane fridge. Generally speaking, a gas refrigerator usually needs to be cleaned only twice a year by cleaning the burner area and flue tube. No compressor unit to go bad . No batteries to charge. No sunshine to worry about. If you would like a recommendation for the best propane refrigerator for sale, please see our EZ Freeze propane refrigerators.