Living the so-called "vintage lifestyle" requires a set of skills that have largely disappeared from the Modern World. This is a thread for exchanging hints, tips, and advice involving these skills -- share what you know and tell how you do it! For starters, here's how to defrost a refrigerator. You'll need to know how to do this if you own a "vintage" fridge, and you'll need to do it regularly. There's a right way and a wrong way, and the wrong way could ruin your refrigerator. The wrong way, first, involves any sharp instrument -- an awl, an ice pick, a screwdriver, a knife. Do not -- ever, under any circumstances -- punch or chip at the frost on the freezer compartment with such an implement. If you puncture the metal freezing coil -- even just a little nick -- you'll let out the refrigerant gas, and then you've got a Big Problem. To properly defrost a fridge, take everything out of the refrigerator, and put a dishpan or enamel refrigerator pan under the freezer compartment. Turn off the thermostat and unplug the AC cord. It's also helpful to put some newspapers down on the kitchen floor to soak up any water. Wear rubber soled shoes, for reasons which will become apparent in a moment. Take a hand-held hair dryer -- a common blow dryer, vintage or modern, will work fine. (Blow driers and electric "heat guns" existed as early as the 1920s, and were commonly used in the Era for such household chores.) Direct the heat from the dryer at the edge of the freezer compartment and move it along until you see bare metal, completely free of ice, all along the edge. Do this along both the inside and outside edges -- if you have inner shelves for ice trays, etc, play the heat along these as well. Take a thin wooden stick -- a Chinese chopstick works well -- and whittle it to a thin screwdriver-like edge. Insert it carefully into the gap you've opened up with the heat along the edge of the compartment and pry gently - don't try to pry the frost off all at once, you're just loosening it. Eventually pieces will come off, first off the inner shelves of the freezer. Drop them in the dishpan or toss them in the sink to melt. Keep going around with the heat gun, and be especially careful to melt the ice along the capillary tube at the rear of the freezer compartment -- you want to make sure the ice doesnt get hung up on this. Keep cycling the heat and the gentle prying with the stick and you'll feel the outside frost come off in a big chunk. Let it drop into the dishpan, and you can either dump it int he sink to melt (helping it along with hot water) or you can just toss it out into the dooryard. Wipe out the inside of the fridge with paper towels and a bit of Lysol to sanitize, and leave the door open until everything has dried out. Put the shelves and your food back inside, turn on the thermostat to the proper setting, plug it back in, and you're done. If you follow these instructions carefully, the whole job shouldn't take more than half an hour. Do it every three months or so, and you'll be fine.