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Old 07-03-2013, 08:24 PM   #51
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I don't want to give up on this because I love having a kegerator that looks this cool. I do have a big chest freezer that i am using. It is pretty old so maybe I can talk SWMBO into wanting a new one and I can see if I can do anything with that one. It should have plenty of power for the kegerator.

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Old 07-03-2013, 08:51 PM   #52
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I started reading Howiedw's thread on his radio conversion and it sparked an idea for me. Since the cooling unit is to small, maybe if I seperate the left half from the right were I keep the keg. Does anyone think that will work? Cutting down on the square footage? Also does anyone have any suggestions on the cold coils? I don't have a freezer plate. It is only the copper coils. How should I mount them? Should I tape them to the insulation on the inside with a piece of sheet metal on top? This is the second half to my problem since they keep icing over. Ill post a pic from my phone of the inside.

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Here is the inside. I put a piece of sheet metal over the coils thinking a cold plate would help with the coils freezing over. Nope, they still freeze.

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Old 07-04-2013, 12:04 AM   #54
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My suggestion is for you to try somethingon the inside of yours similar to what I did on the outside of mine.
Cut an aluminum plate to fit and metal tape the cold side coils to that. Attach it to the inside with some plastic spacers for air circulation. Here is a pict of what I did. It should work on the same principal but with the cold.

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Old 07-04-2013, 12:40 AM   #55
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Howiedw, what did you line the inside with?

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Howiedw, what did you line the inside with?
1" foam insulation board. It came with one side that was silver. I used metal duct tape to wrap the edges and seal the corners. You can find the foam board at Lowes for about $10 per 4x8 sheet. The more insulation you get, the better the result. I went with the 1" because if I went any thicker, I would not have been able to fit 2 kegs inside. With the 1", they both fit, but just barely.
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Old 07-04-2013, 02:06 AM   #57
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Are you putting anything on the insulation to protect but against bumps and scratches? I went with the 3/4 inch and put a few layers on.

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Old 07-04-2013, 06:35 AM   #58
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I did place a piece of 3/8 ply over the insulation on the bottom to set the kegs on. I wrapped it in the metal tape to protect it and reflect the cold. Other than that, just being careful works for me. I just swapped out both kegs and did not have an issue. If you want, I can post more detailed pictures in the next couple of days. I am always willing to help. All I have left to do is find a chalkboard/ whiteboard to put where the radio was and better weather seal the door. I seem to be getting a fair amount of ice buildup on the cold plate. Once again, nothing to bad for a one of a kind kegarator.

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I would love to see pics. I mostly interested about how to keep it from icing over. Thank you so much for the advice.

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Old 07-09-2013, 03:20 AM   #60
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Ok, I feel a little silly. I ave been putting the cold plate on the wrong side of the coils. I was thinking it would help protect the coils and it would transfer the heat, but it was only blocking the cold. So I put the cold plate behind the coils and bam!! It is around 42 and only on about 1/3 of the way up. Here is what it looks like now.

Also I separated the keg compartment so it is the only cold area. It also frees up space so I can fit my CO2 in the left compartment and not have to have it out side.

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