How big a freezer do I need?

Joined Oct 9, 2008
Now that I've moved to the semi-countryside, I will finally be able to do things like buy half a pig, all cut up as I like it, for the freezer.

Question: how big a chest freezer do I need to hold half a pig?
Joined Jan 19, 2014
Go big. We started with one 4 foot chest freezer. Then added a 2 door reach in. A year later we need an 8 foot chest freezer. The following year I finally listened to reason from a far more experienced operator and installed an outdoor 8 x 10 walk in and sold off the others. Best $12k Ive ever spent. It's paid me back 10x that in a few short years.
Joined Jun 23, 2015
Found this on
How Many Pounds of Meat will my Freezer Hold?
A rule of thumb is one cubic foot of freezer space for
each 35-40 pounds of cut and wrapped meat. Allow slightly
more space when the meat is packaged in odd shapes
Joined Jun 27, 2012
Freezers are most efficient when packed full.
I would go big and use ice bags to fill in the empty spaces.
Every time you add something remove however many ice bags it displaces.

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