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Old 10-11-2010, 12:07 PM   #1
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Default Poor man's walk in cooler

I know it's not much, but I liked my Idea. I wanted a place to hang my meat and let it age. I got a used fridge for free from a fellow TBH'er (thanks Whitetailfreak). I gutted the inside, Reinforced the top with some old wood flooring and ran some I-bolts through the top and made some hooks from metal lying around. Presto! instant meat locker. The whole thing only cost about $10 bucks for I-bolts and Epoxy.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:10 PM   #2
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looks great
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:10 PM   #3
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Very nice.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:10 PM   #4
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Good idea.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:11 PM   #5
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That's great
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:17 PM   #6
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Hmmm I might have to use this idea.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:24 PM   #7
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aint nuttin wrong widdat
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:25 PM   #8
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That will work!
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:28 PM   #9
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Works for me..I will keep that in mine for my next lease.
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:29 PM   #10
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Great idea! We did something similar years ago but left the wire shelving in place. Only worked for deer quarters, though. I like your idea better!
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:32 PM   #11
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Whats on the inside of the door?
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:40 PM   #12
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Awesome idea!
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Old 10-11-2010, 12:58 PM   #13
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The inside of the door is the foam that was already there after I removed the shelves.
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:07 PM   #14
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We did something like that with a great big coke machine. Took all the guts out and put a pipe across the top. You could easily hang 5-6 deer in it. Worked awesome until someone stole it. That was in east Texas. Don't hunt there anymore hadn't in years,never will again!!!!!
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Old 10-11-2010, 02:08 PM   #15
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great idea
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:27 PM   #16
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Great idea. Love it.
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:32 PM   #17
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my thought saw dust in bottom ------------- u knowmy .02
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Old 10-11-2010, 10:37 PM   #18
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That is a great ideal...
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:36 AM   #19
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Awesome idea!
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:16 AM   #20
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Love it, cheaper than all that ice and cleaner too!
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:27 AM   #21
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great idea.
except venison doesnt age like beef, it doesnt possess the proper enzymes..
if you like it, go for it but you're not going to get the required mold...
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:47 AM   #22
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thats a great idea i think i need one
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:49 AM   #23
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that's awesome
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:01 AM   #24
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great idea...
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:17 AM   #25
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I am stealing your idea. I have a fridge just like that. I am doing it.
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:46 AM   #26
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I like it and may try that myself! Thanks for posting!
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Old 10-12-2010, 02:45 PM   #27
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great idea.
except venison doesnt age like beef, it doesnt possess the proper enzymes..
if you like it, go for it but you're not going to get the required mold...
Venison does not have the enzymes that beef has, but it will still age. Aging venison gets the gamey taste out of the meat, for those that do not like that sort of flavor. Venison does taste better after it has been aged, and is also a little bit more tender. So, this is a great idea.

Venison does age, just not the same process that beef does, but if you think about it, deer and beef pretty much eat the same thing, so a lot of the enzymes are going to be the same. Both eat grass, protein, and corn. The enzymes are there.
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Old 10-12-2010, 03:54 PM   #28
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Thats a Great Idea
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Old 10-12-2010, 04:10 PM   #29
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There goes all the free refrigerators on CL lol great idea
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:13 PM   #30
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Venison does not have the enzymes that beef has, but it will still age. Aging venison gets the gamey taste out of the meat, for those that do not like that sort of flavor. Venison does taste better after it has been aged, and is also a little bit more tender. So, this is a great idea.

Venison does age, just not the same process that beef does, but if you think about it, deer and beef pretty much eat the same thing, so a lot of the enzymes are going to be the same. Both eat grass, protein, and corn. The enzymes are there.
Are you bipolar? Jk!

And I'm gonna have to try this out, I've got a fridge in the garage right now that has a freezer on one side and a fridge on the other, I never use the fridge side though.
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Old 10-12-2010, 08:52 PM   #31
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good idea
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:00 PM   #32
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Now that is a great idea!!!
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:09 PM   #33
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Awesome, thanks for posting
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:11 PM   #34
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that's using your ol thinker amigo, i like it.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:24 PM   #35
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Dude I likes!!! I likes Alot!!
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:30 PM   #36
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Sweet!
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:36 PM   #37
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nice idea. May have to try this one out. Thanks for sharing
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Old 10-12-2010, 10:10 PM   #38
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Thanks for the share, great idea
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:05 PM   #39
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Old 10-12-2010, 11:37 PM   #40
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awsome idea
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Old 10-13-2010, 09:35 AM   #41
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Are you bipolar? Jk!

And I'm gonna have to try this out, I've got a fridge in the garage right now that has a freezer on one side and a fridge on the other, I never use the fridge side though.
I dont get it, oh wait, yes I do, but really, what do you mean by this statement. LOL!
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Old 10-13-2010, 10:33 AM   #42
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nice idea!
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:47 PM   #43
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If you realy look you can fid a fridge only with one big door. I found a small one but there are some full size ones out there that would work great.
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Old 10-13-2010, 08:47 PM   #44
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Need to find me a used side by side and try this out. Excellent idea.
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:53 PM   #45
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Awesome Idea.........deffinately gonna use this idea!!!!!!!!!! Thank you very much!
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Old 10-14-2010, 10:57 PM   #46
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That is a great idea
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:05 AM   #47
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SWEET... got an old fridge and an old coke machine... (but I want the coke machine for kegirator
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:22 AM   #48
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I don't want to put a hole in your theory, but it's likely that I am the only one on this forum that could "walk in" that walk in cooler.

Oh, and Bily Lovec too ... I've got him by at least an inch!





Nice project.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:26 PM   #49
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Very cool! So... what is the proper temperature to age the meat at and for how long?
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Old 10-15-2010, 06:00 PM   #50
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good idea! may have to do that at the ranch
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