Originally Posted by mandolindave
I have always been impressed by the propane fridges. I am only guessing, but I think that they might cost less to run than an electric fridge. ( even though most times you pay a set amount for electric). I kinda wish I had a gas fridge for my home. They make industrial gas fridges.
Anyway, under the category of reinventing the wheel…Why did they put gas fridges in RVs in the first place?
To answer your question about home use, between 1933 and 1957
there was a company named Servel that produced gas home refrigerators. There are also gas air conditioners. The gas central air units were popular in the 60's although price forced them out of the market. Hard to believe but with better equipment gas air conditioners are back into the market.
Interestingly enough in both cases the refrigerators and air conditioners are based on the same technology as the RV fridge. The Servel refrigerators were popular for cabins or homes with unreliable or no electricity. All of the Servels have been recalled due to the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning due to dirty burner situations which affect the burner combustion quality in an enclosed space.
Obviously with RV's being used in boondock locations and the high power needs to operate the heater source, gas is a very attractive alternative. I travel with the gas on in my refrigerator. For those who feel that your refrigerator can hold proper temperatures during 8 or 9 hours on the road, get a low cost outdoor thermometer to place in the fridge that you can monitor with a base unit. That's the only way you will know if you are keeping the temperatures in a safe range if you don't use gas or don't have a 12 volt