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Old 08-18-2008, 10:52 PM   #1
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This weekend me, my wife and my cousin turned a used 20 c.f. chest freezer I got of craigslist into a Keezer. Here is the build, starting a little after the beginning. It wasn't until we had already gotten started that I decided to document the occasion.
Here is my cousin lining the door with plastic sheet. We took the plastic that was already on it out, to make the build easier, and it also took up too much room, looked ugly, and housed the defunct light.

We cut the sheet to size, and taped it to the lid with Gorilla Tape.

And then I decided to have a Pliny The Elder and brag about it.

Here is the collar. We used 3 inch screws to attach the 2x6's to each other, and then reinforced them with right angle decking brackets to reduce warping down the road.

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We then lined the 3 interior faces of all 4 sides with the same plastic sheet as above to keep moisture from the wood.

Here are my dogs looking down on us. There is a little balcony above the garage that they like to sit on and guard my house from. The German Shepherd, Stacy, barks at anything that goes by. The Siberian Husky, Ice, keeps guard in case anyone walking by is handing out free steak. Anything else than that, and he won't make a sound.

Here is the wooden collar laid on top of the lid. At this point, we have already put caulk on the collar, screwed it to the lid, taped the interior plastic in place and stapled the rubber seal to the wooden collar.

We then attached insulation board to the inside with screws. With this stuff on, the collar should be just as insulated or more than the freezer itself.

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And here we are lowering the new collar onto the freezer, hoping it all fits.


IT FIT!

And we attached it to the original hinges and the work just perfectly, even with all the extra weight.

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Here is my wife, happily enjoying a Fraoch Heather Ale after the days work.

All of us enjoying a brew and relaxing.

My wife resting on my 2008 Harley Street Bob holding her beer with no hands.

The next day, I installed the temperature probe for the digital controller, as well as the gas disconnect.

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Here are the shanks installed.

Here is the 4-way manifold on the inside. I had to cut away a section of insulation, and then carve out a channel for the tube to run through.

All done! Taps on, my motorcycle helmet scaring away any would be thieves.



I will be adding to it along the way, making it look nicer. Right now I am not worried about aesthetics, but when I move my brewing out of the garage I will want it to look swanky.

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Nice job Berserker.

Plus it's informational to anyone thinking about a keezer over a kegerator.

Remember, the finnished product should be displayed here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=29053

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At this point, we have already put caulk on the collar, screwed it to the lid, taped the interior plastic in place and stapled the rubber seal to the wooden collar.
How'd you screw the collar to the lid? More specifically, where did you screw the collar to the lid? Just toe tack some screws threw the side? Or did you add some hanging to the corners to give you something to tack down? I'm about to hit this build up on friday (gettin a little nervous you know?). Yes, I will relax and have a homebrew hahaha.
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Love the beer porn! And might I add, SWEET freakin helmet!

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nice build... where did you find that parts for that manifold?

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This weekend me, my wife and my cousin turned a used 20 c.f. chest freezer I got of craigslist into a Keezer. Here is the build, starting a little after the beginning. It wasn't until we had already gotten started that I decided to document the occasion.
Here is my cousin lining the door with plastic sheet. We took the plastic that was already on it out, to make the build easier, and it also took up too much room, looked ugly, and housed the defunct light.

We cut the sheet to size, and taped it to the lid with Gorilla Tape.

And then I decided to have a Pliny The Elder and brag about it.

Here is the collar. We used 3 inch screws to attach the 2x6's to each other, and then reinforced them with right angle decking brackets to reduce warping down the road.
Ok and just where in the hell did you get the Pliney from ? My distributor said its not available in NY
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