I sprayed the lid with a few more coats of the appliance epoxy (it already had a few scratches) and painted the gasket black as well since it was still visible.
(Sorry the inside photos are so dark)
Inside I have the CO2 in the corner, I used some industrial strength velcro to secure it. The temp regulator is mounted on the back of the collar outside and I drilled a hole through and filled it with caulking. The probe is sitting in a bottle of water on the hump next to the tank.
I think in the future I'm going to keep bottled beer in their 6-pack cases to keep them stable in the rack. All of these were in the fridge, cases tossed out long ago. The rack seems to work well enough, we'll see what temp they hold at being at the top of the keezer.
Lonely keg on the right side. That's a damp rid hanger on the side of it. And in the back corner i have a 120mm case fan powered by an old 12v plug. Also attached to the wall with industrial velcro.
Unfortunately I think I might have to upgrade the beer line. I keep getting about half a glass of foam the first pull then it pours perfect after that. After reading around the forums it looks like I should upgrade the line to 10 feet (currently at 7 feet). Other than that it's great to finally have it done and have draft beer in the house. I think SWMBO might be more excited about it than me.
I had a few reasons for wanting to go with a collar.
-Wanted to be able to revert back to freezer if needed
- Didn't like the look of a tower(s) coming out of the top
- Coffin build was too expensive to do it right
- Collar allowed for further expansion later on
- Collar gives extra height
I love the look of the stained oak and black. I think the next thing I'll do is build a wooden top that fits on the lid to give it a nice bar top and then a platform for even more height and ease of movement.