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Old 10-25-2012, 06:11 PM   #1
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I'm looking at moving the tank to the outside for space reasons and easier adjusting. Looking to put a manifold through but don't know where to drill for these things. Does it vary widely across different brands and models or do they mostly follow a similar design?

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Old 10-25-2012, 06:19 PM   #2
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Right now, I'm thinking of just drilling through the top part based on searches here.

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Old 10-25-2012, 07:23 PM   #3
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Yeah, I would be really scared to drill the sides...they are probably lined with coils.

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If you just need to run a co2 line in, I'd just cut a hole in the middle of the weatherstripping between the lid and freezer and snake the line through there.

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Build a collar for it, then drill through that wood. Not the easiest answer, but you'll be glad you did.

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I'd look for repair drawings for the make/model freezer. That will show you where the coils are located. Once you know that, you can plan the hole placement.

Personally, I think the collar idea is a sound one. Even if you just use some 2x4's to do it. Then get one of the gas bulkheads (Austin sells them) to send the CO2 into the keezer. That way, you don't need to worry about sealing around the hose. Plus, it gives you other options. Like connecting a ball lock post to either side for easy connect/disconnect of the CO2 without needing a wrench. I'm looking at doing that with at least one of the CO2 feeds going into my brew fridge.

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I'd look for repair drawings for the make/model freezer. That will show you where the coils are located. Once you know that, you can plan the hole placement.

Personally, I think the collar idea is a sound one. Even if you just use some 2x4's to do it. Then get one of the gas bulkheads (Austin sells them) to send the CO2 into the keezer. That way, you don't need to worry about sealing around the hose. Plus, it gives you other options. Like connecting a ball lock post to either side for easy connect/disconnect of the CO2 without needing a wrench. I'm looking at doing that with at least one of the CO2 feeds going into my brew fridge.
I did something similar, but just used standard gas QD's you'd buy at the hardware store. It makes it a lot easier to pull off the CO2 tank for refills, pushing beer from fermenter to keg, and (believe it or not) blowing out my sprinkler system in the fall. You really do want to put a check valve or at least a ball valve in there though, to make sure you can hold pressure in your kegs when the gas bottle's not connected.
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Mine was in my garage, and it was hot as hell, and the thing had been running a long time. I could feel by touch where the coils were...it was warm to the touch. There was really only a couple of areas where there were no coils, it was within 1-2" of each hinge. Took my time, drill through the metal, stuck a thin wire in there to check, and then finished up.

maybe you set the thing really low and let it run a while and do the same.

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The lid is always a safe bet

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Put a collar between the body and lid. It's wasteful to open the lid every time you want to pour anyway.

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