Originally Posted by Bobby_M
As KC said, chest freezers are dime a dozen on CL but heaving the fermenters in and out sucks.
Unless you put the chest freezer on casters so you never have to lift a full fermenter. Mine is a custom weld Sanke keg and a Magic Chef 7.2 cu freezer that fits the Sanke with a Corny blow-off/top cropping device next to it on the compressor hump.
Not that I have made any other ones, but I prefer the chest freezer for ferm chambers in which everything is accessed from the top like mine (with the exception of the bottom dump which I have a tri-clamp elbow and butterfly valve... little hard to reach but not a big deal). I also like to open the lid and smell the trapped CO2 wafting up to my face, pretty easy to get a feel for the phenolics that way. Also, I can "shake" the whole chamber to help get the fermentation going faster. And, no doubt the chest freezer is more energy efficient since the cold air doesn't come tumbling out every time you open it.
Also, I just like the lower profile of the chest freezer since it's all in my living space. I have 2 ferm chambers and the same freezer as a kegerator and they don't take over my kitchen as 3 uprights would.
Inside dimensions are 17" deep and 19.75" wide to the compressor hump and another 8.5" width for the hump. Don't own carboys so haven't tried them in it.