Your food truck idea was a big hit, and now it is time to settle down with a brick and mortar of your own. To save money, you have your eye on a used walk-in freezer, but are not sure if it fits your needs. Depending on how much room you have, you can buy a complete self-contained unit to use inside or out back, or a two-part unit with the refrigeration system installed separately outside. Remote systems with separate refrigeration are usually the least expensive, but require professional installation by licensed contractors. One thing to check is the insulation material used: either extruded polystyrene or foamed-in-place polyurethane; extruded polystyrene is more resistant to moisture. Metal skins for a 6x8 walk-in freezer might be aluminum, stainless steel, galvalume, or galvanized steel. Stainless steel is the most expensive, while galvalume is generally much less expensive. A Kolpak walk-in freezer utilizes galvanized metals, which providing a good midpoint for both value and durability. Efficiency is important to consider, and when buying used, check to see if the unit's refrigeration system complies with the new EISA motor efficiency laws. Buying a used walk-in freezer is a big investment in your company's future, so browse the vast inventory on eBay before making a decision.
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