This was an item written by a friend. I had not thought any on the use of Freon in a post apocalyptic but his write up inclines me to use it.


Commodity/Salvage Good

Freon is the Holy Grail of every Salvager’s haul. Depending on the vintage, one full 10oz bottle could potentially be worth up to 1000 liters of fresh water. Like the wines of the Old World the older the bottle the better it is. Freon bottles from the early 20th century that were classified as “R-12” are the most highly prized variation even though by late the late 20th century such grades were considered “toxic”(Heh heh heh…) for the environment that is not as much a concern these days.

R-12 is the most highly prized grade because it is the most efficient and cools the most but all grades are fairly valuable. The primary factor in determining the value of a particular bottle is in what type of hardware a potential buyer might have. Each refrigerant unit is designed to use a specific type of Freon, though it is not uncommon to find units that have been pieced together with interchangeable compressors and radiators to use a variety of Freon grades (sometimes all at once…).

Surprisingly refrigeration and air conditioning are still very much in demand after the apocalypse and few other status symbols scream wealth and power like a cool building and chilled water do. After all… Everyone wants ice water in hell.

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