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Chill food without electricity with the flowerpot fridge

Household Hacker
Tuesday, 10th January 2012

Here is a video version of how to make the world's cheapest and easiest refrigerator from two terracotta pots. It uses minimal resources and runs completely without electricity. It's called a zeer pot, or the pot-in-pot and was rebirthed by Mohammed Bah Abba, who put the laws of thermodynamics to work for mankind.

Patrick Whitefield previously posted a solution here on permaculture.co.uk describing how to make this simple device but here is a visiual/auditory how to with the added advantage of some temperature testing on a hot day in the USA at the end. You'll be suitably impressed at how cold this design gets.

Wonderful! We'll never go camping for more than a week without one.

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Maddy Harland |
Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 2:07pm

Helen Evans wrote on our Facebook page: "I made one of these last summer. The video omits the fact that the cloth needs constant re-wetting to work in those temperatures - this is OK if you have plenty of water but is sometimes an issue in hot countries. I tried a terracotta saucer on top as well to try to slow evaporation but of this reduces the cooling effect. A dripping tap might have worked but water is too precious here.

Dampness in the pot encourages rot in fruit and veg after a day or so, so wrap or box these to keep them dry. It is not cool enough for meat or dairy products. I made one this last summer but ended up only using it for beer! No complaints there but the pots do now have plants in them ...... ;-)

elizbathmartin |
Tuesday, November 12, 2013 - 10:29am

Self reliance never let our self down. We can better perform as compare to appliances in some cases. there are still allot of works which a human can only perform by human. Its good to see that your are providing best solution to get a cheap refrigerator. But now are too much habitual of reliance on appliances so its quiet hard to leave them. We can't make refrigerators for different process. So its better to relay on Refrigerator with better space to storage food.

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