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Clay Pot Refrigeration: COOL!

Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, floods, black-outs…there are many reasons one might find oneself without electricity. Though I wouldn’t choose to experience disaster of any sort, I do tend to enjoy the enforced quiet and temporary disconnection.

The biggest and most immediate downside of being “powerless” is the lack of refrigeration. Food is expensive and spoils (relatively) quickly. Enter the low-tech refrigerator made of clay-pots, sand, water, and a towel! Perishables saved. This little DIY gem is definitely going into my bag of tricks.


  1. Victor says:

    That is amazing. It will work even better if ice is in there. I wish summer wasn’t over this would be great at the river. -V

  2. ben taylor says:

    wow awesome

  3. Rick L says:

    I definitely will try this. I am looking for any way to help me move off the grid. If I set these into the ground and made a drip system to keep the sand wet maybe this would be almost like having a refrigerator.

    1. martin says:

      very clever

  4. Amy says:

    This video made me wish I had a cold one right now! Maybe one day they will make regular size refrigerators like this that only uses a little bit of electricity to keep the sand wet. If they were good I would buy one. I am changing everything in my house to be more green but not using electricity for refrigeration is almost impossible.

  5. rob says:

    interesting. looks easy too but it takes a long time to get cold. i would get some giant clay pots and put ice in there to make it go faster.

  6. Cyd E. says:

    What a great idea. I am seriously going to try this! Cyd

  7. Heather says:

    Cool idea!

  8. sean says:

    excellent idea. i wonder if this would work for a pot big enough to hold a couple of cases of beer.

  9. Len says:

    You have a lot of interesting ideas here. Nice blog. -L