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Old 03-21-2012, 07:13 PM   #1
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I want to build a collar to store my CO2 outside my keezer and in the near future I'll add faucets. For now, I'm using picnic faucets.

I like the idea of mounting the collar to the lid so the whole collar lifts up like these:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/holi...keezer-240073/ (he tosses the factory lid, but similar idea)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-k...-build-219659/ his collar uses a lip instead of screwing down to freezer frame

BobbyM uses a lid-mounted design seen here

I'm wondering what's the best way to attach it to my freezer. There's a lip design, screw down with L brackets, silicone/gasket, etc.






My collar's rim has an inset. this could be good or bad for resting the collar on.
My lid has the gasket. Does that get stripped off then use L brackets on the collar to the lid?
I don't plan on making the collar too high. As you can see, i already have like 6 or 7 inches of clearance (it's a deep freezer) but i want a collar for my co2 line.

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Old 03-21-2012, 07:44 PM   #2
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I removed my lid. Used 1x6 pine boards to create a collar and 1/2" wafer board sheet for the top. I left the gasket on the freezer lid and bought some 3/4" x 1/2" foam weather stripping. The 3/4" width made it a perfect fit to the edge of the 1x6 collar. I just used the original freezer hinges and screwed the collar back on to those.

My Co2 is on the outside of my keezer, so it sounds like I did want you want to do.

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what is wafer board? I kind of wanted to keep the lid for the look of the handle. Also, I'm going to paint it with chalkboard paint and draw what's on tap in the future

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I used 1x6 red oak for my collar. I removed the gasket on the lid and used Liquid Nails to attach the collar to the lid. Then I bought some weatherstripping to put on the bottom of the collar to get a good seal with the freezer body.

The Liquid Nails is definitely secure and sturdy - but I put handles on the collar also instead of using the lid handle so there's no stress on it. The handles also look really cool.

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yeah LN is tough stuff, especially the heavy duty one. Won't even come out of the tube without squeezing ridiculously hard

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I want to build a collar to store my CO2 outside my keezer and in the near future I'll add faucets. For now, I'm using picnic faucets.

I like the idea of mounting the collar to the lid so the whole collar lifts up like these:

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/holi...keezer-240073/ (he tosses the factory lid, but similar idea)

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/my-k...-build-219659/ his collar uses a lip instead of screwing down to freezer frame

BobbyM uses a lid-mounted design seen here

I'm wondering what's the best way to attach it to my freezer. There's a lip design, screw down with L brackets, silicone/gasket, etc.






My collar's rim has an inset. this could be good or bad for resting the collar on.
My lid has the gasket. Does that get stripped off then use L brackets on the collar to the lid?
I don't plan on making the collar too high. As you can see, i already have like 6 or 7 inches of clearance (it's a deep freezer) but i want a collar for my co2 line.
You have almost the same freezer that I have.
That brown rubber lip is a bonus.
I found that it's a great surface for rope caulk to adhere to.
I made a cedar 2x8 collar & love my results.
I added a strip of stick-on neoprene foam to the top of the cedar & it works great.

My hinges have one screw into the collar & one into the original hole in the freezer.


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so your collar took up the whole rim and you filled the subset part with caulking?

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what is wafer board?
Might also be called OSB, maybe? It is just a manufactured 4'x8' sheet of wood scraps together with glue.

Here is the wikipedia definition
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oh ok. yeah I call it OSB. ok.

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so your collar took up the whole rim and you filled the subset part with caulking?
I just used rope caulk & filled the 1-1/2" under the cedar.
It wasn't necessary to completely fill in the indent.
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