Wondering what a propane fridge is? It’s a seeming contradiction that’s actually an engineering marvel, and with a good propane fridge, it’s your ticket to keeping foods fresh for days, weeks, or even months without electricity. Whether you’re worried about this global virus leading to a loss of electricity, you’re setting up your cabin, or you want a fridge that’s off the grid for any other reason, the Unique propane refrigerator is how you do it. A propane powered refrigerator uses chemical reactions to create cold. A heater burns propane to boil a blend of ammonia and water, which then mixes with hydrogen and creates a frigid vapor. This vapor is pumped around the fridge and draws heat out of the chamber which can be exhausted away. The vapor condenses, the compounds separate, and the process can begin again. Thanks to a bit of science, an LP refrigerator means food safety, no electrical connection needed.
What Is the Best Propane Fridge You Can Buy?
- Unique UGP6CSMW 24-Inch Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator
- Unique UGP10CSMSS 24-Inch Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator
- Unique UGP13SMW 28-Inch Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator
- Unique UGP18SMW 30-Inch Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator
- Unique UGP22SMSS Elite Series 32-Inch Freestanding Top Freezer Refrigerator
This reliable and affordable liquid propane fridge gives you peace of mind with features that let you know it’s working and connect you to power if you ever run low on fuel. Highlights include:
- Flame indicator lets you know the cooling system is working.
- Can be connected to 110-volt outlet as backup power if needed.
- Large door storage bins accommodate tall bottles.
This modestly-priced fridge from Unique wants to make everything easy for you. It has a simple push button ignition system, a battery-operated interior light, and front mounted controls that let you control temperatures with a little twist of a knob. Then there’s your ease of mind to consider as well. A flame indicator lets you know the fridge is working properly, while an alarm will sound after the triggering of the safety shut feature if ever the appliance does have an issue.
You will also appreciate that this propane fridge is highly adaptable. The door can be hung to swing to the left or right, so it works well in any physical space, while the interior shelves can be readjusted and removed as needed. Transparent drawers make it easy to quickly spot your desired foodstuff so you can shut the door fast and keep the cold in where it belongs.
This compact and handsome refrigerator will look great in any kitchen, be it in a cabin, a tidy rural home, or your apartment in the city. Highlights include:
- Brushed stainless steel doors.
- Easily accessible ignition and temperature controls.
- Adjustable glass shelves that can also be removed.
Looking at this stylish mid-sized refrigerator, no one would ever know that is a propane fridge; it is as good-looking as any standard power electric fridge out there. And speaking of power, this dual power fridge can run off propane or a 110-volt socket, so you can use it like a standard appliance or use it off the grid; your food will stay fresh in the 7.6 cu. ft. main compartment and frozen in the two cu. ft. freezer either way.
This LP fridge consumes about 1.4 pounds of propane per day, which makes it slightly more efficient than many models out there. Thus, it’s a good choice for people who live far from the nearest propane filling station or who are concerned about being without a reliable way to refill for a protracted period. At 24 in. wide, 28.25 in. deep, and 64.5 in. tall, this fridge is compact enough for smaller spaces, yet it hardly looks little, and it will hold plenty of food for a couple or small family.
Going off the grid need not feel like you’re giving up any of the comforts of a modern home when you choose this reliable and easy-to-use propane refrigerator. Highlights include:
- Auto safety shutoff feature with alarm function.
- Reversible doors and adjustable shelving.
- Flame indicator that lets you know the fridge is operational.
You get used to certain things in your home, and having reliably fresh foods in the kitchen is one of them. You take for granted that your frozen foods stay safely at one temperature while the stuff in the fridge is held at another, and that you don’t have to worry about your appliance letting foods spoil due to it failing in these duties. With this mid-sized propane fridge, you can enjoy the comforts you’ve come to take for granted with a plug-in fridge anywhere. It uses just 1.4 lbs. of propane per day to keep your fridge and freezer at just the temperature you want.
And you control those temperatures with easy twists of the front-mounted control knobs. If it’s ever time for some deep cleaning, you can do a manual defrost, and while under normal operation, you can rest easy even if the fridge is jostled so roughly that it topples: an auto shutoff safety feature will cut off the flame and sound the alarm.
This propane fridge is a great value given its large capacity, excellent reliability, and moderate price tag for the category given that size. Highlights include:
- Reliable and easy to use Piezo ignition system.
- Powder coated finish in freezer protects appliance and prolongs operating life.
- Bright interior illumination thanks to battery-powered light.
With an overall capacity of 18 cu. ft. – that’s split between a 13.8 cu. ft. fridge and a 4.4 cu. ft. freezer – this propane powered fridge is as large as the refrigerator found in kitchens all across America. Yet for its size, it’s quite efficient, using just two pounds of propane per 24-hour period. The fridge’s propane burner is started using a Piezo igniter, the same kind you know and trust from many camp stoves, gas grills, and lighters. The system uses the piezoelectricity principle wherein a spark is created from pressure, in this case the easy push of a button.
Once this fridge’s propane burner is quietly humming along, it can cool things down quickly thanks to a burner rated at a maximum output of 2,270 BTUs – that’s more than enough heat to get the gasses mixing and the cold vapors flowing fast. Within the fridge you’ll find crisper drawers, adjustable shelves, and plenty of door storage space as well. The freezer also has door storage and one smaller shelf above the main compartment.
If you are looking for a top-of-the-line propane fridge, you are looking in the right place. This stately appliance is as well-suited to a large woodland cabin as it is to a posh home in the suburbs. Highlights include:
- Huge 22.1 cu. ft. overall capacity.
- Gorgeous brushed stainless steel façade and handles.
- Bright white LED illumination lights up the entire interior.
This Unique propane fridge first catches your attention for good reason: size. This is one of the largest certified propane refrigerators in the world, with a 16.1 cu. ft. fridge capacity and a 5.8 cu. ft. freezer, both of which rival large electric appliances. Its battery powered LEDs are as bright as the lighting in a standard fridge, and of course its cooling abilities rival any electrically powered fridge as well. Yet it still only consumes two pounds of propane daily.
The interior of the fridge has tall door storage bins, a compartment for butter, dual crisper drawers, and adjustable glass shelves that help light permeate the chamber. The capacious freezer can accommodate large foodstuffs, like entire chickens or multiple boxed meals. And on the outside, let’s not overlook style. This fridge has the sleek, handsome looks you’d expect in a refined chef’s kitchen, not off the grid. Of course, who said those are exclusive?
How much propane does a propane powered fridge consume?
For reference, a 10 cubic foot propane fridge will use about 0.375 gallons of propane daily, while the standard propane tank you see connected to a grill holds seven gallons of propane, so you can expect to swap tanks every two and a half weeks.
How can I make my propane fridge use less fuel?
The fuller the fridge, the less work its cooling system has to do. Keep your fridge filled with liquids especially, which hold their cold and help maintain the ambient temperature. And, of course, keep the door closed as much as you can.
Are propane fridges safe?
Yes, they are very safe and are fine to use indoors, in RVs, in garages, and so on. And because of their lack of moving parts, propane fridges are also quite reliable.