(How we made our) Cold Immersion at Home
We are often asked what we use to cold plunge at home. Below is our answer. However please note that the information, opinions, and recommendations presented in this blog post presented by Joeseph Hauss LLC and/or affiliates, licensees, successors, agents, etc. are for general information only and should not be considered electrical, medical, clinical, or any other form of professional advice. Any reliance on the information provided is done at your own risk. By continuing on this page, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to the above statements.
Congratulations! You're ready to embark on the journey of at-home cold immersion. It has truly changed our lives for the better and we're excited to help you do the same.
How we turned our chest freezer into a cold plunge ⤵
1. Pick your freezer
We have a Kenmore 14.8-cu ft. Model #KLFC015MWD. We bought our first one from Lowes in April 2020: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Kenmore-14-8-cu-ft-Chest-Freezer-White/5000181829. It stopped working in July 2022, and after some back and forth with Kenmore and Lowes, ours is scheduled to be picked up to begin its replacement in a couple of days.
You can get one in any size that fits you. We recommend heading to the store and jumping in a couple of unplugged floor models to test for comfort. Something like: https://www.lowes.com/pd/Hisense-8-7-cu-ft-Chest-Freezer-White/1002937128 is also an option.
*PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS UNPLUG YOUR FREEZER BEFORE PUTTING ANY PART OF YOUR BODY INSIDE. THERE IS A RISK OF ELECTRICAL SHOCK AND DEATH.
*Please note chest freezers are not designed for humans to get inside. Any reliance on the information provided is done at your own risk. By continuing on this page, you agree that you have read, understand, and agree to the above statements.
2. Pick your waterproof outdoor electrical timer (optional):
You can remember to unplug your freezer every so often or use a timer so that your water doesn't freeze from running too long.
We use: Plusmart 24 Hour Outdoor Lights Timer Waterproof, Programmable Mechanical Timer with 2 Grounded Outlet, Plug in Switch with 6 Inch Extension Cord,1/2HP, ETL Listed: https://amzn.to/3xmHbhi
3. Pick your adhesive sealant:
We used: Loctite PL Marine Fast Cure Adhesive Sealant, 10.1 Ounce Cartridge (2016891): https://amzn.to/3mDeirj
You will need to seal all of the inside seams of your tub. Then allow it to dry for a min of 24 hours. Then (while still unplugged) fill your freezer with a little bit of water. Ensure all seams are sealed and there is no leaking happening.
4. Pick your submersible pump:
Lindsay likes to save electricity, so we only keep ours on for a couple of hours each day. You have the option of running it 24/7. The submersible pump keeps the water moving and oxygenated, and cleaner, longer.
We used: VIVOSUN 800GPH Submersible Pump(3000L/H, 24W), Ultra Quiet Water Pump with 10ft High Lift, Fountain Pump with 5ft Power Cord, 3 Nozzles for Fish Tank, Pond, Aquarium, Statuary, Hydroponics: https://amzn.to/3xpWeHj
5. Pick your submersible utility pump:
You'll need to drain the tub every now and again when the water starts to get dirty. The submersible utility pump makes it a lot easier and faster. We use: Superior Pump 91250 1/4 HP Thermoplastic Utility Pump, Black: https://amzn.to/3mjbbV1
6. Pick a hose to use with the utility pump:
You'll need a hard hose and not a scrunchy one. A scrunchy hose will take a very long time to empty. We use: https://amzn.to/3mlZltq
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