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Old 06-24-2014, 05:37 PM   #11
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Basically the same but I leave the door open. ...
If you leave the door open, the heat given off by the hot water and pots is escaping out the door and not staying inside the freezer to melt the ice. Hot water carries a lot more heat than hot air so it's the more efficient defrosting medium.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:05 PM   #12
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Your method sounds like the fastest way Andy.
The only suggestions I can think of are to change the boiling water often to keep the temp up. Or if you want to do it with the door open use a couple space heaters.

Since you want to get things back inside quickly before they defrost it's best to do this in the winter when it's cold. Put the contents outside on a freezing day and you can take as long as you like.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:22 PM   #13
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Clearly I'm not including frost-free freezers attached to refrigerators here.

I have an upright freezer that is manual defrost. When the time comes to defrost it, I empty the contents into the freezer and refrigerator in the kitchen and into coolers. Then I turn off the freezer and bring four pots of water to a boil. My freezer has a drain plug in the bottom so I open that and run a plastic tube to a floor drain. The four pots of boiling water go on the four shelves and I shut the door and leave it for a while.

If I'm patient and wait, it's all melted or at least all the ice has fallen off the shelves and I can wipe dry and reload.

What do you do??
When we had ours, we waited for winter, tried to eat the supplies down a bit, then moved stuff out onto the patio (it was north facing, so stayed cold most of the winter), then ran a small hose to the basement drain, left the door open, and waited for a few hours. By then the built up ice would at least thaw enough to release from the shelves and it made it easy to just dump it all into a tub.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:24 PM   #14
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After today's bottom freezer drawer fiasco, I'm not terribly excited to attack the chest freezer in the basement, though it needs it badly.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:44 PM   #15
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We went with a self defrosting beast doe the basement so we didn't have to get involved in all this.
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:59 PM   #16
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We went with a self defrosting beast doe the basement so we didn't have to get involved in all this.
This is what I'm voting for when we move back to Colorado this September.
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Old 06-24-2014, 08:09 PM   #17
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I think we'll be getting a self-defrosting upright for the basement at some point in the near future as well. The chest freezer is such a pain to spelunk in.
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I chose an upright manual defrost because I thought it would be easier to view the contents and for it's ability to maintain a uniform temperature without the fluctuations inherent to frost-free.
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I take everything out and put it in the small upright that I only use for overflow during canning season and flash freezing. Cleaning the freezers is on my list to do before the end of July...mostly to get rid of stuff that is out-of-date, not to defrost. Mine are self-defrosting, so it is more a matter of excavating and getting ready for the new canning / freezing season.
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I take everything out and put it in the small upright that I only use for overflow during canning season and flash freezing. Cleaning the freezers is on my list to do before the end of July...mostly to get rid of stuff that is out-of-date, not to defrost. Mine are self-defrosting, so it is more a matter of excavating and getting ready for the new canning / freezing season.
Our scheduling it for winter not only coincided with colder weather to keep things frozen while not in the freezer, but also because we usually bought a quarter of beef in February.
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