Fridge height for hanging roe

EdLamb

Member
Hi, I'm trying to get a fridge/chiller sorted so that I have somewhere to hang deer which will probably be roe 99% of the time.

What height of fridge will I need for roe? Will a 5ft fridge be enough? Also will a normal domestic fridge be ok (I will only get 3-4 deer a year)? I have brought a conversion kit from bushwear which includes a couple vents but will a larder fridge with internal fan be better? Or rig up my own little fan?

Sorry for the barrage of questions but mainly I am after what room in terms of height I need to hang roe.

Thanks!

Ed
 

sikadog

Well-Known Member
Any tall fridge either household or commercial will do you, I am a fridge engineer by trade and the one I use is an old coke fridge that is probably 20 years old but still does the job.
You do not need one with a fan in it.
If you find one and want to know if it is OK PM me and I will try to help.
 

bobjs

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I have a single 6' ish high chiller sat at work that i got for myself, single door and in working condition,

i have no clue as to what height i needed i just purchased it from work and when i gave up stalking its sat there since doing nothing, i will have to check it out some time as its just going to waste.

i am sure that i was told when i got it to put some kind of stronger support bar in it to hold the weight ? but i never got to do it.

bob.
 

EdLamb

Member
I'm struggling to find a 6' one but there seems to be a lot of 5' fridges available, will this give enough room to hang a roe in?
 

bobjs

Well-Known Member
There is plenty of room in a 5ft fridge to hang a Roe if you put the rail or hooks right at the top.

this is what i was told, if you place the support bar on the outside and the hooks in through the top and have it sealed etc.

bob.
 

daven

Well-Known Member
this is what i was told, if you place the support bar on the outside and the hooks in through the top and have it sealed etc.

bob.

Saw one that was just a fridge with holes drilled in top for eye bolts. Long enough to go thru a piece of 1/2 inch plywood layed on top. Deer and pigs were hung by an S hook in the chin and the other end thru the eye bolt.
 

EdLamb

Member
There is plenty of room in a 5ft fridge to hang a Roe if you put the rail or hooks right at the top.

Thanks sikadog, you have given me the precise answer which I have spent a couple of weeks trying to find. I have looked at other threads and even started my own but no one has yet said what the length of a roe carcass is or exactly what size fridge I could get away with.

I have brought a fridge kit from bushwear which has a bar which is inserted through both sides. Looks like I may have to rethink and put a hook through the top to gain extra room, even though a bar would be handy if I get out rabbiting or have a good day on the pheasants. Maybe have to wait till I get a roe and offer it up before quickly setting the fridge up.

Thanks for the info!
 

private fraser

Well-Known Member
It's possible to build a frame out of wardrobe rail which fits inside the fridge and comes out if not needed.
No holes need to be drilled so fridge stays as is.
The top rail holds an S hook and is right against the fridge "ceiling" so makes full use of the available height.
PM me if you'd like more details / picture.
 

daven

Well-Known Member
Thanks sikadog, you have given me the precise answer which I have spent a couple of weeks trying to find. I have looked at other threads and even started my own but no one has yet said what the length of a roe carcass is or exactly what size fridge I could get away with.

I have brought a fridge kit from bushwear which has a bar which is inserted through both sides. Looks like I may have to rethink and put a hook through the top to gain extra room, even though a bar would be handy if I get out rabbiting or have a good day on the pheasants. Maybe have to wait till I get a roe and offer it up before quickly setting the fridge up.

Thanks for the info!
You're probable OK with just that bar. I am 5'8" and this guy was hanging with his back feet about 10 inches off the ground...

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rigboot

Well-Known Member
Here’s another option for maximising the hanging height in your chiller.

I had some spare UniStrut and decided to make a sliding rail each side to make it adjustable for hanging whatever.

To prevent having to blooter holes right through the outer skin, I simply drilled 5mm holes on the strut and inner skin of my chiller and used 4.8mm pop rivets to secure the unistrut along its length.

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I used 3 lengths of 20mm solid stainless round bar which has two purposes, one for obviously hanging, but the other use prevents any really heavy load from drawing in the sides (eg when pelvis hanging a red for example).
I wouldn't fret about the holding capability of the pop rivets, these will hold the queen mary!

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I also use some split pins to stop the bars sliding fore or aft but if needed, these can be stopped with whatever you have to hand, threaded bar, bolts, dowel pegs whatever...

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I left just enough room to pass a hook or open gambrel through but as you can see, takes up very little space.

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Hope that helps or at least gives some inspiration,

Cheers

Rb
 
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