Before I got my Jeffrey Dahmer Special (a 24 cu.ft chest freezer) I fermented lagers in a "squatty body" Gott water keg. I could fit a 5 gallon glass carboy in there, and there was room in the annular space between the carboy and the water keg walls to put blue ice blocks in there. I had two shifts for the blue ice blocks. One shift would be installed in the morning before I left for work, while the other shift was in the freezer. Then when I got home in the evening I'd trade out the warm ones in the cooler for the frozen ones in the freezer. I used no water. Just blue ice. I kept a sticky LCD thermometer on the side of the glass carboy. The beer in the carboy stayed in the 48 - 52 degree F range all of the time. This was in Florida, in the summer, in an un-air condtioned room.
To lager my beers back then I took the vegetable drawers out of the bottom of my refrigerator and put cases of homebrewed lager down there to lager.
It wasn't real fancy or sofisticated, but I gotta say I brewed many batches of some damn fine Munich Helles that way.
When you've got the brewing bug you figure out ways to get'er done.