Victory Garden Vegetables – How to Build a Walk-in Cooler

How I built my 6×8-foot walk-in cooler out of insulated concrete forms (ICFs).

14 Responses to “Victory Garden Vegetables – How to Build a Walk-in Cooler”

  1. Thanks for the reply.

  2. Great Job! How much does it cost, per month to run it?

  3. Why paint the siding black??? That just absorbs heat faster than if you had
    painted it white. Also why the clear roofing? That lets the sun in to warm
    the roof much more than a white roof would. When I get set to build one of
    these I will make the building from papercrete. Papercrete is R-2 per inch.
    It also is a lot stronger. Thank you for this video though. I knew there
    was something out here like a coolbot but I di not know that name.

  4. Paul Hoepfner-Homme Reply March 12, 2014 at 5:17 am

    @Rustaholic77, my cooler is in a mostly shady spot, so painting it the dark
    colour (it’s actually a dark grey-green) has little effect on its
    efficiency. Of course I would paint it white if it was going to be in the
    sun. We uses the clear roofing to keep the look consistent with the
    neighbouring chicken coop. Agreed that it should be opaque for better
    efficiency.

  5. If you don’t mind me asking how much did this all cost you to build.. Very
    cool and thank you for sharing this video

  6. I like it. Thx 4 making the documentary. What use do you make of your
    cooler – you know, the primary use you had in mind when you first thought
    of building it? Do you grow ‘n sell a substantial amount of veggies,
    keeping them cool temporarily until they sell? Or do you use it mainly as a
    home fridge for your family’s convenience?

  7. Nice haircut!

  8. Paul Hoepfner-Homme Reply March 12, 2014 at 7:32 am

    @bammer4715: I will have to add up all my receipts to get you that figure.
    I’ll try to find them all, but it may take a bit!

  9. What a great project! Thank you for the documentary.

  10. Thank you so much for posting! I’m about to build something like this
    inside a building, and hadn’t considered using ICF. It seems like it is
    less strong than if you use framing and foam board, or SIPs, but it also
    seems quite a bit cheaper and easier to move. I too am curious as to the
    final cost of everything! Again, really appreciate you taking the time to
    put this up!

  11. Great video guys!

  12. Paul Hoepfner-Homme Reply March 12, 2014 at 9:28 am

    Hi Mike. A walk-in cooler is an essential component of SPIN-Farming, which
    is the business model that our farm, Victory Garden Vegetables, is based
    upon. It’s our leafy greens – washed salads, bunched mature greens,
    microgreens – that benefit the most from this contraption. So we leave the
    cooler on from Thursday (when the harvest starts) until Saturday morning
    (when we take everything to the market). The cooler also doubles as an
    effective root cellar during the winter, with minimal heating.

  13. This is great. We’re in the process of designing a walk-in using a cool-bot
    also. Lots of great ideas here! I’m curious about your snow load– is that
    corrugated roof pitched enough to shed show, or do you have to shovel/push
    it off during winter?