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Anyone actually tried a barrel root cellar?

 
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I'm thinking about building a simple "Root Cellar" out of a buried barrel, or two, or ten. Has anyone actually tried this? Why doesn't the stuff turn into slime due to lack of airflow? I know actual cellars need lots of airflow.

Especially, I want to store cabbage. How would cabbage do in one of these?
 
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Hi Gilbert, we used an old freezer buried in the ground and that work very well, and I'm in zone 3 1/2 ( they tell me its zone 4 ... I know better!!)  any way we would put 2 bales of straw on top of the freezer, and we never had anything freeze
 
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we stuck a piece of pvc up through the top for ventilation,   and I have never had luck storing cabbage in anything.... we make most of our cabbage into kraut
 
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Gilbert;  Bury your barrel with the bottom cut out, that way you will get ground temps and humidity.  Two barrels welded together , open at the bottom, buried in the shade preferably with a roof . I just cover mine with an old stop sign.  Mine is 3 barrels deep, so I lower stuff down in with a styrofoam cooler .  I use mine as a cheese cave although I do store potato's there as well.  A three tier metal fruit basket works good also.
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