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Outdoor refrigeration


Jim Crow • Cooper Hill, Missouri asks,

Not knowing much of anything about how a refrigerator works, I was wondering if it is possible to put one outside (central Missouri gets pretty cold) with the temperature control set at, say 68 °F (20 °C), and expect it to hold that temperature all year round? This would be home to my conical, naturally. I see soda machines outside, and the contents don’t seem to freeze during the winter.

The refrigeration cycle is pretty nifty and its development began in the late 1700s. The earliest use of commercial refrigeration occurred sometime in the mid 1800s by, you guessed it, breweries. The