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Old 02-04-2014, 04:22 PM   #1
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I've been working on this project since mid December and thought I would share the progress here. I wanted a serving system that could handle 3 kegs and a large CO2 tank as well as a small beer gas cylinder without taking up too much floor space. For this I chose to use an ~7cf chest freezer with a 10" collar.

The magic chef 6.8 with some goodies inside.
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The functional portion of the collar and base with casters.
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Laying the weather stripping into the collar.
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I really like the looks of Cherry so I chose to make the outer cabinet out of that.

Making the pannels
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Since I like the look of naturally oiled cherry I chose to use a neutral Danish oil. A comparison of side pannels.
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And the outside of the collar.
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I used locking miter joints and pocket screws to hold the cabinet walls together so it can be disassembled if needed for moving. imageuploadedbyhome-brew1391536082.296870.jpg

There is a 1" gap all around the outside of the chest freezer to allow for air flow that will be assisted by a 115v muffin fan. Also, from the back side view, you can see a gap between the collar pieces for running electrical to the temp controller.

Here is a view of the muffin fan installed by the compressor. Air will be pulled in from the far side of the cabinet and pushed out the open bottom of the chest freezer.
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Old 02-05-2014, 02:16 PM   #4
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A couple more pictures from the build.

The cabinet and collar rough fitting.
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The top lid.
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The first rough fitting of the complete cabinet.
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I can tell that is going to be one beautiful Keezer! Good job so far!

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:06 PM   #6
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I can tell that is going to be one beautiful Keezer! Good job so far!

Thanks!
It's actually mostly done, just need to add a couple little things before turning it on. The iphone app keeps crashing every time I add more than a couple photos so I keep having to break the posts up and then I get busy.

More pictures to come...
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The collar is insulated with 1-1/2" chrome lined styrofoam insulation and capped with aluminum flashing to give it all a nice finished look imageuploadedbyhome-brew1391629551.065587.jpg

If you study the photo, the first thing I would have done differently is drill the outside shank hole further in so it would not be so close to the inside edge after insulation was in place. The taps are spaced at 5" on center on the top 3rd of the collar.

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Oh yeah! Very nice.

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Ok, so I put the final touches on last night and set the temperature controller to see if I need to adjust the calibration for the NTC thermistor sensor. I used one of the cheap Chinese temperature controllers similar to the STC-1000 except I have the single output H9745 which is 10A 110VAC and displays in deg. F.

I installed a table leg support to hold the top lid at a 90 deg. angle

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For the collar support, I chose to use two lengths of stainless steel sash chain.

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The collar opens to a point past it's center of gravity over the hinge but at a point that the top lid still wants to remain closed. In a previous thread I discussed using some sort of latch to keep the top lid down but the way I have things set up it was not necessary.

Here is a picture of the finished product with shanks installed!
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Still have not tested this rig out with any fluid being pushed but I should be serving beer this weekend!

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Nice rig man! Hey so I've been seeing these freezers for really good prices at the local Home Depot. How many ball locks can you fit in there with a 10" collar? It looks like 4 would go in, but I thought I'd check. Thanks.

Edit - Forgot to specify - keeping the CO2 tank inside isn't a requirement if it allows for 4 kegs. Thanks.

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