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Old Appliances Provide Great Airtight Storage
Junked freezers and refrigerators work great for use as feed bins and storage chests, according to a North Carolina sheep producer who says the junked appliances are water and air-tight as well as rodent and bug-proof.
"I'm a part-time sheep producer so I can't justify the expense of conventional bins or auger systems to feed lambs and ewes during lambing time. I grind a ton or less of feed at a time using a small mill," says Carvel Cheves, Bunn, N.C. "I've stored ground feed in old chest-type freezers for the past seven years. With a little auto wax applied as a rust preventative, they'll last many years."
Cheves also turned a 24 cu. ft. side-byside refrigerator-freezer into dust and moisture-free storage space for medical sup-plies, barn records, eartags, tools and other livestock supplies. "It's got lots of shelves for storage space and lets me centralize supplies and save money by protecting tools and materials."
Cheves cautions anyone using old freezers or refrigerators to use magnetic-sealed doors or remove the locks or latches to insure safety.
Cheves notes that he also makes use of old urinals as a feeders. "They're sturdy and porcelain-coated so they're easy to clean. They even have their own built-in drains."
Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Carvel C. Cheves, Jr., Clover C. Farm, P.O. Box 219, Bunn, N.C. 27508.

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1989 - Volume #13, Issue #5