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    Using a domestic fridge to hang deer

    I've been offered a domestic fridge which I plan to use to hang deer, either Muntjac or Roe or possible butchered cuts of larger deer.

    My daughter's other half has offered to weld me up a rack that would sit on the rails that previously held the top shelf and a drip tray for the bottom both in stainless steel.

    Anyone tried this before, any pitfalls I should consider?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Colster View Post
    I've been offered a domestic fridge which I plan to use to hang deer, either Muntjac or Roe or possible butchered cuts of larger deer.

    My daughter's other half has offered to weld me up a rack that would sit on the rails that previously held the top shelf and a drip tray for the bottom both in stainless steel.

    Anyone tried this before, any pitfalls I should consider?
    I've used a couple of domestic and laboratory fridges.

    So long as they'll chill a deer carcass to 7 degrees or less you should be fine: http://www.thedeerinitiative.co.uk/u...guides/137.pdf

    The only challenge sometimes is height, as ideally you want the carcass to be hanging clear of the sides and floor. A double height fridge is therefore better than an under-counter unless you're just storing butchered cuts.
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    Ideal
    a fridge or chiller is essential now the weather is warming up
    during the day time.
    Overnight outdoor temperatures can still go down to 0 degrees.

    In the Fridge....must be below 7 degrees
    .....4 to 5 degrees centigrade is what you should be aiming for.
    A wet carcass in a small fridge..you might get a white mould develop on the carcass after about 5 days
    so best not leave it that long befor butchering.
    ,

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    I used to run a large glass fronted fridge in the larder for use during the summer when I didn't need the main chiller on. It worked fine and you might be surprised how much the top shelf will support. I simply used to hang roe and muntjac from S hooks under the shelf with no problems.

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    I've got an old fridge in the shed, works fine. I just open the door once a day to ventilate. Anything up to a fallow will fit in. I've bodged up a piece of old curtain rod set into two pieces of wood to hang the carcass from.

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    Thanks for the replies, the pictures are pretty much exactly what I'd got in mind.
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    A drinks fridge is better as they tend to blast the air around which helps with humidity. A standard fridge is ok for short periods but expect damp and mould if you use it for too long.
    MS

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    I've got both a domestic fridge and drinks chiller .I put a 6" cheapo fan in the domestic fridge for air circulation and it works very well .

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    The air circulation is really important try using an old computer fan.
    Martin

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