DIY ProjectsHow to Build a Root Cellar Using ICFs

How to Build a Root Cellar Using ICFs

Can you imagine living a life with no refrigerator around? Being able to keep your essential and favorite foods cool is so nice that it is simply hard to imagine that for many years, people lived well even without this luxury of the modern era.

According to, one of the time-tested ways people used to survive their daily lives long before refrigerators came to existence is through the use of root cellars. A root cellar was once a critical part of houses. These cellars are not just perfect for storing favorite produce as they also serve numerous purposes to will make it possible for you to face any zombie apocalypse or natural disaster that may come your way.

Root cellars are storage locations that make use of earth to naturally humidify, insulate, and cool. One of the biggest benefits of root cellars is the fact that these offer a natural way for keeping food from getting frozen during winter while keeping them cool once summer months kick in.

Although a root cellar was how people were able to preserve food long before refrigerators, they remain to be very useful to this day. In fact, there are many good reasons why you should have your very own root cellar.
For one, this is one practical method to set aside food every time it is plentiful and cheap.

Having a root cellar is like having your own mini supermarket right in your backyard. A root cellar also helps you ensure that you will not waste any food you grow yourself.
A quick access to your home grown produce allows you to enjoy the amazing health benefits of raw food. A root cellar gives you a safe place for storing your extras.

In this video you will see how you can build a root cellar using ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms)
Papa Pepper shows in this video how to build a root cellar using ICFs. He tells us ” This was like legos for adults! After digging the root cellar with the mini-x, I now had to assemble the ICFs (Insulated Concrete Forms) to prepare for the concrete. This was my first time doing anything like this, but it went rather well. “

Paige Raymond
Paige Raymond
Raised in rural Montana and educated in Mechanical Engineering and Sustainable Development, Paige Raymond combines a practical mindset with a passion for self-reliance and sustainability. With expertise ranging from mechanical solutions and food preservation to emergency preparedness and renewable energy, Paige is a proud author with more than 5000 published articles.

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