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« on: December 07, 2014, 10:05:47 AM »
 Any input on the requirements of building a root cellar? How to where to , materials req'd etc input would be nice
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Re: The root cellar
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Re: The root cellar
« Reply #2 on: December 08, 2014, 09:59:06 AM »
someplace dry and drained. perhaps backing onto a rock or hill. or dug into a hill.
 
cement block walls or whatever solid material you can find.
 
secure door.. ventilation. cool air enters at btm warmer air expels at top. circulation.
critter proof.. chicken wire added to the construction  particularly around the base. and doors.
 
logs or railroad ties across the roof. with water proofing.. then another row of ties and waterproofing, with insulation.. sawdust . woodchips? between each layer.
 
top off with 'like' vegetation for stealth if needed.
 
http://smallfarm.about.com/od/farminfrastructure/a/How-To-Build-A-Root-Cellar.htm
 
http://www.hobbyfarms.com/food-and-kitchen/root-cellars-14908.aspx
 
http://www.organicgardening.com/learn-and-grow/building-root-cellar-your-home
 
http://www.survival-spot.com/survival-blog/build-root-cellar/
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Re: The root cellar
« Reply #3 on: December 08, 2014, 10:20:21 AM »
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Re: The root cellar
« Reply #4 on: December 08, 2014, 10:26:15 AM »
carla emery's book, encyclopedia of country living, has a section on root cellars and storage.
 
this book is invaluable to any prepper.
 
cant recall if the foxfire books have, but I,m sure they do.
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Re: The root cellar
« Reply #5 on: November 27, 2015, 07:39:31 AM »
Is a Root Cellar Part of your Survival Plan?
 
Posted Jul 26th  2015 | By:   GSanders   
In the days of old, the concept of a refrigerator was not even a thought on the horizon. Our ancestors couldn't walk into the kitchen and pull on the door of their Whirpool, Kenmore, or Frigidaire to remove a snack because they lacked the power to run such a device. Despite this, they managed to survive by using root cellars, a concept from which we may have to borrow when the SHTF.

A root cellar is a cool, dark place that is well ventilated and used for the storage of food items, specifically root vegetables. The ideal temperature for a root cellar is between 32 and 40 degrees Fahrenheit in order to safely preserve the items store inside for a lengthy amount of time. In order to achieve this, you will have to find the ideal location for placement of a root cellar. It will also have to be constructed with proper materials to maintain effectiveness. Though this may sound difficult, in truth it can be as easy or as complicated as you wish to make it.

In order to get started on a root cellar, you must first decide where to put it. An area with good drainage is necessary as you do not want it to flood. Minimal sunshine and plenty of shade are vital to keeping it cool. Darkness is also important as it prevents food deterioration. Taking advantage of naturally sloping earth or hillsides are useful should you have access to such ground, but be sure to choose a place that you can still access easily.

The earth itself plays a major role in the construction of a root cellar. Since the earth is capable of providing a cool atmosphere, you want an earthen barrier around your root cellar, such as dirt or gravel. Earth also allows for a natural humidifying process which lends to the longevity of foods contained in a root cellar. Beyond natural components, you will need to construct the cellar itself to include ventilation. This is important for humidity as well as to push out gases created by the natural ripening of produce which, when accumulated, can create mold and mildew as well as hastening the ripening process. Ventilation should be done with two pieces of PVC pipe, one at each end, to create flow and move fresh air in while pushing stale, gaseous air out. Ideally these pipes will be capped to keep rodents and rain out but will have holes drilled in them to allow airflow.

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Once your location is selected, materials are the next thing you will need to acquire. These can vary widely and will likely need to be adjusted based on your property and current living situations. One of the easiest ways to build a root cellar includes taking advantage of the modern refrigerator or deep freeze; simply buy an old one or one that is no longer in working order, remove the motors, drill vent holes, and sink it into the ground. Another cheap option is to use a metal trash can inserted into the ground. If money and space are no object, you can always spring for the building of an underground root cellar large enough to cater to your needs. This can get pricy, however, and may not be within the financial means of everyone, so finding alternate means is worthwhile.

Another important addition to a successful root cellar insulation. Depending on where and how you build one, the earth may be enough to insulate it. In other cases, gravel can be added along with other types of rocks that are cool in nature. The top should be covered with a shield from direct sunlight such as a piece of wood and/or leaf litter or hay to promote the containment of coolness within.

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Though the temperature of a root cellar may get and stay rather cool, there is no guarantee that the safe storage of meat items is possible. Temperatures inside the root cellar will fluctuate somewhat, but the temperature range of a properly constructed root cellar should be enough to extend the life of root vegetables greatly in comparison to those stored elsewhere. Since each day will count in a survival situation, prolonging the life of edible foods in a place such as a root cellar may well prove priceless.
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« Reply #6 on: November 27, 2015, 08:30:08 AM »
However, it is possible to step your game up even more with a space-saving measure that operates along the same lines. Instead of lining your shelves with walls, you can line them with cans by building your own gravity-based dispenser and mounting it to a wall. By taking advantage of your wall space and turning it into a can dispenser, you save space and make it impossible not to rotate stock. The next item to be used is placed into position by gravity and new stock slides into the top, taking a position in the stockpile. Simply pull from the bottom every time and nothing gets left behind to expire. Although it may be necessary to use a step ladder to place new cans into your dispenser, the overall space saved and efficiency of the system is something you might find worthwhile.

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There are many types of can dispensers that can be built for your stockpile without going to great expense. Repurposed plywood and pallets are adequate to get the job done and plans can be found online to guide you. The floor to ceiling builds seem to be the best choice as they give you a full view of the canned items in your stockpile at all times which makes it that much easier to stay on top of your needs. Building this type of dispenser could very well be more cost effective than buying or building shelves based on the materials to which you have access.
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