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    using steam to defrost your freezer

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    I just used steam from my 1 group commercial espresso machine to defrost my freezer. It is the quickest ever defrost I have done. Previously I have used various scrapers and boiling water and even a hammer to remove the ice and that took ages and made minor scratches to the inside of the freezer. With steam the ice melted much quicker than with water and it is much easier to direct the steam where you want it to go. We are talking 15 minutes to defrost rather than an hour.

    To do this I just attached a vinyl hose to the end of the steam arm on my espresso machine and used the steam from it to melt all the ice.



    Not sure how well this would work with a smaller espresso machine. With mine my boiler is big enough and the boiler pressure is high enough to produce constant steam and lots of it. Might be worth a try next time you are defrosting.

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Brilliant...its either that or turn off the fridge over night and put the milk in the back coolroom...might give the steam idea a go but seeing as Ive got a real live Tim "the Toolman" Taylor for a boss, it could get very scary... ;D

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Quote Originally Posted by 46565A5A41546A525459350 link=1240716396/1#1 date=1240716666
    Brilliant...its either that or turn off the fridge over night and put the milk in the back coolroom...might give the steam idea a go but seeing as Ive got a real live Tim "the Toolman" Taylor for a boss, it could get very scary... ;D
    Whoa... :o

    Stand back Scoots..... Waaayyyy back :D

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    ;D We had a "discussion" this week about how he reckoned he could use both steam wands at the same time. His wife (long suffering and wonderful lady that she is...much like Tim the toolmans wife!) and I just stared and then laughed at the whole preposterous idea of that. I even threatened to video it and put it up on Youtube as an example of what NOT to do!

    Mind you...I never told him that it would be entirely possible with a machine with foot pedal operated steaming. :D ;D

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Did I mention that I have really great people to work for... ;D 8-) ;)

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    That must be an old fridge, frost free fridges have been around for a long time.

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    I had a laugh Scoots....

    Does the First Aid Kit get a bit of a workout around the bakery?

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Quote Originally Posted by 29263C272621282326352E3D2B7E76787D4F0 link=1240716396/5#5 date=1240752802
    That must be an old fridge, frost free fridges have been around for a long time.
    Small bar fridges, like the one we use, dont have frost free in them. So, Im often defrosting the small icebox in it.

    Mal, the first aid kit doesnt get much of a workout by him at work...but I daresay the one at home might! ;D He was hobbling around for weeks after a big stack off the ride on lawn mower the other month...did his hand and ankle and bloody lucky it was only that! And yes...they were racing them at the time...he drove it up too close behind another and flipped his over... ::) ;D Sure wish I had a video of that for youtube!

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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Quote Originally Posted by 3A2A26263D28162E2825490 link=1240716396/7#7 date=1240788249

    He was hobbling around for weeks after a big stack off the ride on lawn mower the other month...did his hand and ankle and bloody lucky it was only that! And yes...they were racing them at the time...he drove it up too close behind another and flipped his over...
    Ive heard of extreme sports but thats insane. If youre in his will you may be in for a windfall very soon at the rate hes going. ;D



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    Re: using steam to defrost your freezer

    Whats really insane is that whilst theyve clocked one of theirs at about 45 km/hr, I know up in QLD where there is a more serious competition and those mowers do about 100km/hr! :o

    Ahem...sorry...only slightly off topic... ;D

    Actually, that has to be the best thread hijack ever...even if I do say so myself! ;D From defrosting freezers to racing ride on mowers... :D



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