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    Chiller. What are my options?

    Hi all. I could use some advice please. I am thinking of getting a chiller, but my problem is that where I want to put it I only have a clearance of about 5' 10'' (1.77m) or so. I realise this is too short for an upright chiller, so my question to you kind folk of Stalking Directory is, will a 'sidewise' (I am not sure what the correct term is) chiller be appropriate for deer? If so, do you have any suggestions? Many thanks in advance...

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    Ideally you would want to hang the deer in the chiller to and use gravity to let the remaining blood drip from the carcass. However if that's not possible you will have to go with a less than ideal solution, Could you build a chiller outside to accommodate your needs ?

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    You can get 5ft upright fridges.

    Something like this p'raps?
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    Thanks gentlemen. I appreciate the advice. I suspect that this 1.44m upright larder fridge is going to be touch and go for an average sized roe though, will it not? This is why I was thinking of one that I can rest the deer on their side. I could potentially have some space outdoors where I could build a chiller, but then we are talking about a lot of money, and I will have to content with the elements and temperature. It is a sticky situation I feel...

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    The simper option would be to joint the deer - in the case of smaller species like roe you would easily fit a quartered animal in the space you specify.

    Or perhaps sever the rear above the pelvis, and hang the halved animal, pretty sure you'd fit it in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redmist View Post
    The simper option would be to joint the deer - in the case of smaller species like roe you would easily fit a quartered animal in the space you specify.

    Or perhaps sever the rear above the pelvis, and hang the halved animal, pretty sure you'd fit it in.
    I suppose this could work. My only issue is that I want to hang the deer for a few days before I take it to a butcher to process it for me as I have no larder or the skill to do so myself. I thought it would be easier if I had the whole animal in one piece before I skin it and take it to the butcher for processing...

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    Go to a best practice day and learn to butcher it yourself....its very easy once you've seen it done and had a practice or 10.
    If not you could build a simple lean to in the yard and put a drink chiller type fridge in that.
    Below is a link to my website.
    Quad sticks

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    You can hang the roe from the pelvic bone using a large 'S' hook. Then the back legs drop down and save at least a foot in hanging height. I use the same method in my walk-in chiller which is only 2m tall and I have hung a 300lb red stag in there successfully suspended with its neck just above the floor.
    MS

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    I built this outside, as can be seen i can get a fallow in it, if its a red i section it up.
    (Distortion in photo caused by my gopro camera)

    Cheers
    Richard

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    If its for your own use and processing then a horizontal fridge, or a quartered carcass would be fine. If you are intending to sell the whole carcasses then the dealer/butcher will curse you, as to be butchered properly and efficiently the beast needs to take on a certain shape or set whilst hanging.

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