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Posted: 10/5/2014 9:02:14 AM EST
I am in the planning stages of building one or utilizing part of the crawl space - shelter area. Any tips are welcomed.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:07:39 AM EST
Originally Posted By bowbender7:
I am in the planning stages of building one or utilizing part of the crawl space - shelter area. Any tips are welcomed.

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Have you verified that you have a relatively constant, cool temp in that place? Apples and potatoes stay good forever in my cellar, but it's not in a warm climate, and it's very well insulated and stays real cool. Be sure your veggies can breath. Paper and baskets, wood crates have worked well.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:12:15 AM EST
Get an indoor/outdoor thermometer and place your sensor in the area you are talking of using, monitor it for a while.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:23:17 AM EST
I just use a corner of my regular cellar, there is a bin of potatoes down there right now that were dug up a few months ago.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:24:54 AM EST
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Have you verified that you have a relatively constant, cool temp in that place? Apples and potatoes stay good forever in my cellar, but it's not in a warm climate, and it's very well insulated and stays real cool. Be sure your veggies can breath. Paper and baskets, wood crates have worked well.
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Originally Posted By BigeasySnow:
Originally Posted By bowbender7:
I am in the planning stages of building one or utilizing part of the crawl space - shelter area. Any tips are welcomed.



Have you verified that you have a relatively constant, cool temp in that place? Apples and potatoes stay good forever in my cellar, but it's not in a warm climate, and it's very well insulated and stays real cool. Be sure your veggies can breath. Paper and baskets, wood crates have worked well.



The whole crawl space is below ground level and my house stays relatively cool even in in hot months due to plenty of tree shading. Your post and the next one have enlightened me to actually monitor temps. My main concern is more about keeping things available through the winter months where it can get pretty cold here in SW MO.

Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:30:11 AM EST
There's a book by Rodale Press named "Root Cellaring" or something to that effect that had some good info; but it's been a while.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:38:37 AM EST
The big thing is you don't want it to flood.
Link Posted: 10/5/2014 9:40:23 AM EST
When I was a kid we had one for potatoes. Once in a while mice would get into the potatoes, so you had to keep an eye on the baskets.
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