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Old 07-08-2012, 11:33 PM   #1
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The girlfriend and I have decided to move our kegerator indoors, but in our rental there is not much room. I've googled and searched on here tearing apart a mini fridge and the pictures after destruction and the amount of delicate coils and stuff has deterred me thus far.

So, driving to the park the other day with kid and wife in tow, the best girl in the world spots a mini fridge sitting on the side of the road for free. Well shucks, a kid, wife, a 6'3 man and a mini fridge aren't going to fit in the car! Somethings gotta go!

And off they walked to the park.




I totally forgot to take a picture of the fridge before we destroyed it, LOL so here's an example pic.



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Significantly easier than anticipated. The entire thing is a shell within a shell, and they just pump styrofoam in as an insulater a glue. We just detached the outer shell with a little bit of muscle and a screwdriver as a crow bar, removed the interior plastic shell with brute force and careful box knife cuts, and broke the styrofoam into chunks with a skydriver and a putty knife.

Result:

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This is the cabinet that it's going into, along with our little pantless helper! Freebie cabinet and countertop I got from work. They were going to throw it out.



Removed the counter top and looked inside. Figured I'd segregate the hot side and cold side with a piece of particle board I had laying around. Plywood would have been better, or even mounting the particle board on some 2x4's for some back strength, but meh, I didn't have any 2x4's and I don't have any money.



The piece added in the center is held in by screws on each side. Obviously not the most structurally sound, but meh. Again plywood or some 2x4 backing would make it bullet proof. Also, I am planning on adding another skin to the side of the cabinet made out of blackboard to hide the screws and the holes and allow our child to draw on something with some chalk.



This is the type of insulation being used, because I found it in the garage!



Painted, to prevent possible mold issues. We're going to throw one of those jars of damp rid or whatever, but just in case.



Back insulation installed, flattened cooler plate-coil-whatever screwed in



Mounted the compressor structure to the bottom of the cabinet, hot side coils remain as they came in the mini fridge



After a lot of hard delicate work, my girl slightly bent the coils so they fit in the hot side of the cabinet



Ran out of energy, back starting to hurt, put it all back together. We tested it, cold side gets cold, hot side gets hot, looks like we didn't mess anything up!

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Reserved for the rest of the insulation installation, PVC tower build

Total build cost thus far: $0.00

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One more for the DIY copy cat of revy's tap handles.

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So, seeing how I just went through a very similar build, feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Beyond that take your time with the insulation, do a lot test fitting and test fit how well your kegs fit in there before you glue it down. It looks like you don't have a lot of room there. Also, how do you plan on maintaining the right temp? There are a couple of options, depending on how handy you are. You can hack the existing thermostat but may not have as much control as you'd like. You can also build an ebay temp controller which is how I control my fermentation chamber.

The last thing to consider is how your going to get kegs in and out. If you use the doors, you'll need to bevel the edges of any insulation you use on them so they can still shut well (but the same goes if you use the top like a chest freezer).

Good luck!

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So, seeing how I just went through a very similar build, feel free to PM me if you have any questions. Beyond that take your time with the insulation, do a lot test fitting and test fit how well your kegs fit in there before you glue it down. It looks like you don't have a lot of room there. Also, how do you plan on maintaining the right temp? There are a couple of options, depending on how handy you are. You can hack the existing thermostat but may not have as much control as you'd like. You can also build an ebay temp controller which is how I control my fermentation chamber.

The last thing to consider is how your going to get kegs in and out. If you use the doors, you'll need to bevel the edges of any insulation you use on them so they can still shut well (but the same goes if you use the top like a chest freezer).

Good luck!
We purposely kept the space to a minimum. With 1" insulation on all sides we have enough room for 3 pin locks, but we're shooting for 2 since we have issues with just keeping one full! Lol.

I currently have an eBay controller powering my current Darby kegerator I'm going to rip out and toss behind the cabinet. Going to be running a PVC tower with a blower motor from a computer to keep the tower cold, insulated as well.


I gotta figure out what I'm gonna do with the old Darby once this is done.
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Hahahaha I just caught why you quoted that. Not two people, I just change descriptions sometimes.
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Does the cooling panel (thin white part) seem like it would wrap the contour of a corney? Just curious for a possibly upcoming project....

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