Chillers or drinks fridge?

wildfowler.250

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Hi guys, thought I'd pick some brains on here if that's okay as I'm sure I'm not the only one in this possition. I shoot for own consumption so on average 6 deer a season. Lots of shotgun shooting as well. I'm fed up even into autumn not been able to hang deer for any decent length of time and in the summer it's a next day chop up. I could also double up with something for the feathered game.

Is there any 'new' brand of chiller you would recommend that would hold a stag or 1-2 hinds size? I'm also considering a second hand double door chiller but I've noticed that 1 or 2 have a partition in the middle. My main concern with the second hand drinks chillers is the lack of warranty and you generally don't know what you're buying / good faith.

What's the general opinions on here? Gamble on the drinks chiller and save a good bit hopefully or is there any 'new' options for sensible money?


Cheers!
 

The Singing Stalker

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I have the double drinks chiller. They are cheap and if they need regas then. Maybe £60. A proper chiller costs a lot of money for only 6 deer.but if you have money to burn then why not. If you are only holding for 6 a year then do you need a double?
 

HappyHunter

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Second hand chillers come up at good prices quite often (but some seem priced quite strongly). Regularly keep an eye on fb market place and eBay.

Just picked a second very similar to the attached for £40!

A little extra for a local fabricator to sort a frame and job done.

Taking the unknown element of second hand kit into account I'm happier running two as there's a bit of redundancy.

HH
 

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BP75

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I had a secondhand drinks chiller which went on the blink and cost me a really nice carcass.
Took the plunge and got a Landig LU7000 and been delighted with it.
I got mine directly from Germany but post brexit you need to use the UK agent Coolgame.
 

baguio

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Assuming you're talking English Reds (Don't know where you from as you haven't filled it out) then drinks chillers will not be up to the job and would be a total waste of your money. You need a proper deer chiller such as mentioned by BP75.
 

Tazz

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With either option try and get one that has a built in air flow system, you may have to pay a bit more but it keeps your carcasses in better condition and keeps a more consistent temperature
 

badbob

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A larder fridge is fine for roe and muntjac but too small for Reds or Fallow.
Every stalker who is bringing home deer needs a dedicated chiller /refrigerator of some sort.
So some investment is needed ,not a lot when you consider cost of rifles ,ammo, clothing ,equipment,stalking fees, etc.
Part of the outlay if you want to go beyond being a recreational stalker.

An occasional red or Fallow could be skinned and jointed and stored in a larder fridge.

Landig LU7000 is a good compromise rather than building a walk in chiller, depends how active you are in your stalking.
 

EssexBigMac

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I’ve got an older single drinks fridge and do about the same as you but increasing every year. However sounds like you need a double at least. Keep a saved search on eBay and I’m sure you’ll find a working one for £100-£200


I remembered I watched this a while back watch from 4:45 apparently he picked up for a £100 this would be a treat if you had the space.

 
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25 Sharps

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I’ve got an older single drinks fridge and do about the same as you but increasing every year. However sounds like you need a double at least. Keep a saved search on eBay and I’m sure you’ll find a working one for £100-£200


I remembered I watched this a while back watch from 4:45 apparently he picked up for a £100 this would be a treat if you had the space.


Interesting choice of shooting position looking at the apparent lack of backstop!
 

ShootyBangBang

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I’ve got an older single drinks fridge and do about the same as you but increasing every year. However sounds like you need a double at least. Keep a saved search on eBay and I’m sure you’ll find a working one for £100-£200


I remembered I watched this a while back watch from 4:45 apparently he picked up for a £100 this would be a treat if you had the space.


Ah, the thing to watch for is disposal. I bought I used one and it turns out it was faulty and not economical to repair. The vendor refunded me, but the local council (Reading) wanted £200+ to dispose of commercial waste! It was quite a trick to dispose of it legally, had to pull a few strings. So watch out for the cost of a lemon.
 

EssexBigMac

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Keep it if you have the space. I turned an old one into an incubator for under £10. It was amazing watching the chicks hatch with the big glass door. Then sell it on when you’re bored 😉
 

wildfowler.250

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Cheers gents! Brilliant replies and all very helpful. I don’t really need it for a red stag but figured if I was buying something it may as well be fit for purpose if I happened to shoot one,(could always joint it up).

Happy to pay for one as I feel it’s part of the required equipment but at the same time, a cheap second hand drinks one may do. Didn’t appreciate there may be disposing costs if it didn’t work..

I’ll have a look at some of the brands suggested above. If anyone else has any other experience or recommendations then that’s always appreciated

Cheers!
 
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