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Old 07-23-2012, 04:18 AM   #1
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Default Mounting drip tray on front of chest freezer

I made a "Keezer" from a Whirlpool 7.0 uc. ft. chest freezer. I added a 2x4 collar and mounted my taps. Everything came out just the way I was hoping. Now I need to mount the drip tray to the front of the freezer I plan on using very short sheet metal screws (1/2"). I am thinking that any coils would be toward the inside of the compartment and I will be safe with screwing in the short screws?

Is this foolish on my part, and are there better ways to mount a wall mount drip tray to the front of a chest freezer?

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Old 07-23-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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your assumptions are basically correct but if you can go shorter with the screws - like 3/8 or something, go shorter. just in case.

Also, you could drill a pilot hole just through the sheet metal and then probe around with a wire or something to make sure you aren't going to pierce coolant lines

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Old 07-23-2012, 10:41 AM   #3
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I put mine on using strips of 2-sided foam tape. Sturdy, with no chance of poking lines, but it's permanent. I noticed a commercial for 3M's Command product line, and am going to pull my tray off this weekend and give those a shot.

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magnets are an option too. right now i am just using some extract buckets held in place with a hard drive magnet. works great. sooner or later I will upgrade the buckets to a drip tray but I will prob still use magnets. I nicked a line on my last fermentation frig and I even did a pilot hole and poked around looking for the lines. the only saving grace for me was the frig was free. I replaced that with a chest freezer, cheap, but it did cost me some money. At this point I am very reluctant to drill any holes where there might be coolant lines, but that's just me, I guess I'm gun shy now, or maybe hole shy.

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You can spray the insides of the freezer with a solution of water and starch and wait until you can see where the lines are. At that point you can then drill away as needed.

I don't know the exactly proportions of starch to water are, but this has been mentioned in a few other threads here in the forums.

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I'm gonna do something similar but my idea is a 1x4 piece of red oak cut the same width of my tray and stained the same as my collar. Attach that to the freezer with double sided tape and put screws in the wood for the drip tray holes to attach to. That way the drip trays are easily removable if need be for cleaning and I won't have to detach the double side from the freezer ever.

Will post a pic if i get around to doing it soon.


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I put mine on using strips of 2-sided foam tape. Sturdy, with no chance of poking lines, but it's permanent. I noticed a commercial for 3M's Command product line, and am going to pull my tray off this weekend and give those a shot.
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I'm gonna do something similar but my idea is a 1x4 piece of red oak cut the same width of my tray and stained the same as my collar. Attach that to the freezer with double sided tape and put screws in the wood for the drip tray holes to attach to. That way the drip trays are easily removable if need be for cleaning and I won't have to detach the double side from the freezer ever.

Will post a pic if i get around to doing it soon.

This sounds like a nice finished look idea. I think I have read other people do it but I haven't seen a pic to this point that I can recall.
what about the 1x4 all the way across with the edges finished kinda decroative or just rounded off and then place your drip tray to that. Just spit balling here.
I like the idea, might have to use it if I ever get around to getting a real drip tray.
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Steer away from screws. The risk isn't worth it, really! Rare-earth magnets are available all over the place, hard drive magnets aren't hard to find, even good adhesive caulks...

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I epoxied mine to the front of my kegerator. Been holding strong for a long time now and has no problem holding a full pitcher if I want it to.
I basically just bought some loc-tite brand 2 part epoxy from Home Depot, taped off two spots where my L-brackets were going to be, gave it a good roughening up with some 80 grit sandpaper and epoxied the brackets to the fridge. Then I put velcro on the bottom of the drip tray and the top of the L-brackets.
I messed with the magnets for a bit, but even though they were strong, I still wanted something solid. The epoxy did that.

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I'm using 3 round magnets that are about a quarter inch by 1 inch round and two very thin hard drive magnets. The drip tray is a stainless mud pan. Less than 10 bucks and is removable to clean out the drippings.

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