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Old 01-11-2009, 02:50 PM   #1
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Default Chest Freezer conversion question

Just bought a Frigidaire 15 Cu Ft chest freezer at Lowes for $383. Nice unit. It even comes with two sets of hanging basket. I have been following a few of the kegerator conversion posts, which describe the use of a wooden collar. Looks simple enough, but it is a lot of work. I do not mind drilling a hole in the lid of the chest freezer to install a beer tower. Are there any reasons why this does not seem to be a common approach? The only issue I can think of is your first pour might not be as cold as the second. I also plan on putting casters on the freezer, to avoid hitting the beer tower against the wall.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:12 PM   #2
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Pretty easy to put a collar on the freezer and mine holds a constant temp. I had it all done in a weekend, just recently I added my forth tap to it.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:25 PM   #3
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It's not hard at all and if you measure right, you can get Lowes to cut the wood for you.



If your collar is tall enough, you can get an extra keg or two in there.



Putting a tower on is cool, but becomes a pain when you need to open the lid to change out kegs, connectors, etc.

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Old 01-11-2009, 03:32 PM   #4
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Yeah, the collar is definately easier in terms of access to your kegs. I have a simple 2x6 collar that only took a couple hours to install. I drilled holes in it for C02 line, temp control, and of course tapes. I would recommend the collar.
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Old 01-11-2009, 03:33 PM   #5
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With a chest that size, you can fit something like 7 cornies in there (at least I'd hope since my 8.9cuft fits 5). Are you prepared to put a 6-8 faucet tower on? That's pricy.

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Go for it and plan for as many taps as she will hold.

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Old 01-11-2009, 04:07 PM   #7
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I just drilled a hole through the top of my freezer. Just make sure you insulate the inside of your tower and secure it to the keezer tightly so no air escapes. I have a smaller freezer than you and fit 5 cornies and the CO2 tank in there.

As soon as it's set up, you'll love it!

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It's cheaper to build a collar and add taps there, than it is to put multiple towers on the lid.

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I did mine and I had never used a mitre saw in my life. Dont sweat it. Take your time, read the threads watch bobby's videos and have fun. I love mine and I am so proud of it because I did it all on my own.

Plus the collar making is cheap - its the rest that costs you ha ha

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I'm looking at building a collar and I'm not sure on the size. 1x4 or 2x4? Any thoughts?

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