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Old 03-06-2010, 01:10 PM
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Default root cellar for west tennessee area

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Most houses in West TN do not have basements. Don't know if it's the soil that's too wet or what.
Has anyone ever built a root cellar in West Tennessee that was actually dry and didn't rust the lids and rings of home canned foods?
I would like any information on this subject as to how to dig a root cellar that really works....
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most cellars i have seen in west tn work good ,just need good drainage
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I have wondered about this also, being from the southern US. We do not have basements and last time we put down a well we hit water about 10 ft. down. I would love to have a root cellar but I think I would constantly be fighting water.
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i have had a few over the years, never in w. tennessee though. Get the book "root cellaring".. it has a huge amount of info in it and can help you set up and trouble shoot your root cellar. amazing the different types of situations that can be made for food storage, starting with whatever you have available. I suggest you keep posting as you start to set it up, telling us what you are doing, how you decided what method to use, etc etc... it can be a good learning thread for all of us.
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I don't know about Tennessee, but if you have the side of a hill to burrow into, this should work well:

I have absolutely no complaints. Drains well, stays a 40-42 degrees with the vents open.


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