Propane Refrigerators : LUSENET : TimeBomb 2000 (Y2000) : One Thread

Anita wrote that she had a propane refrigerator. Someone in my homeschool group needs to find one to keep medications for her daughter. Any info about manufacturers and suppliers would be helpful. Thank you in advance.

-- k Stevens (, March 23, 1999


Usual disclaimers apply -- no connection with the company, never actually bought one (or seen one, as far as I know), no knowledge of availability or how competitive the prices are, etc., etc. Good luck.

-- Don (, March 23, 1999.

Let me try this again. Hope it works this time...


-- Don (, March 23, 1999.

Lehman's of Kidron, Ohio has a non-electric catalog. Their web address is - phone 330/857-5757. They do list refrigerators and freezers on pgs 108-111 of catalog. Because of Y2K they have been inundated with orders so can't say if everything would be in stock. I have no connection with Lehman's but understand they have a good reputation, have been in business over 40 years. Good luck.

-- Arlene (, March 23, 1999.

The Y2K NEWS biweekly news magazine has ads in the back. Two places listed there you could check are and also Greg at Motor Propane service, phone (920) 758-2386. Also, today I got a catalog from a place with all kinds of stuff: and

-- Shivani Arjuna (, March 23, 1999.

We bought one direct from Explorer LLC in southern CA. Very expensive, since it's SO big (14.4 cf, ha!), but it works great and only uses 75 gallons of propane a year. They also sell smaller ones.

You can get them through Jade Mountain too (a Real Goods clone in Colorado).

-- BigDog (, March 23, 1999.

Try a search on Google or using the name of Servel....that was an old time propane refrig company more recently bought out by Dometic(spelling?) They are the makers of refrigs for RVs

-- jeanne (, March 23, 1999.

Go to a local RV supply house. The big ones ARE expensive, but there are smaller ones....We have three, currently. The one in the RV died, probably due to being jostled around in travel, but the three that are stationary have worked for ten years or more.

Depending on the expectations of fuel they have a propane tank with some size...say even 100 gallons...a propane refrigerator would work fine. The other option might be one of those plug in to the car coolers....but that will depend on running the car regularly.

Incidentally....a propane refrig uses a small pilot light, with all the standard safety shut offs, to heat a gas, I think it is ammonia. As the gas heats, it makes a vapor (within a closed system). The heat is given off at the back of the refrigerator. As the gas cools again, it absorbs heat, within the refrigerator, thereby cooling. It is called an absorption system.

Hope this helps


-- Mary (, March 23, 1999.

I've been looking for one for my sisters insuline.The RV size run about $575.00 and the full size ones run about $1200.00. The CO I found was Dealer Direct PO BOX 1712 Huntington TX 75949 Phone 409-632-8746

Hope this helps...

-- nine (, March 24, 1999.

Propane fridges are avail. from several sources, including Lehmans, Real Goods, Kansas Wind power and others who advertise inCountryside mag or Backwoods Home. They are not cheap however. you could also contact your local propane dealer and ask them to order one for you.

Ours was gotten used- at a great price- oldie but goodie- got it checked and serviced and tested etc. Look in classifieds for rural areas- sometimes people sell them. There are waiting lists of hopefuls up here for a used one however.... Also- find a repairperson for propane fridges (known as Servels by many as that's an old brand name); ask them to keep a look out for you. They last just about forever though-no moving parts. And humm.

-- anita (, March 24, 1999.

I bought a portable refrigerator at Lehman's for my medication. It's a small ice chest type. It uses a "propane torch" type propane tank but Lehman's sells an adapter to convert to use with a regular propane tank. I only waited 6 weeks for mine. Still awaiting the adapter. My medication is $1000 per month and can't be used if it warms up so the cost was worth it to me. Good luck and good health to the daughter.

-- sunny (, March 24, 1999.

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