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Old 08-09-2010, 05:40 PM   #1
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Default Best mini fridge for kegerator?

I'm planning on building a bar for my basement, and want to build in a 2-tap kegerator. Best way I can figure to go about this is to use a mini fridge, capable of holding 2 corny kegs. I know the Sanyo used to be the go-to fridge of choice for this, but I don't think it's available anymore (at least, at a reasonable price).

What are the current popular mini fridges for kegerators?

Also, does anyone know if I need any special considerations for housing a fridge within a bar structure? Am I going to have issues with heat with a boxed-in fridge? Are there fridges that vent to the front?

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Old 08-09-2010, 06:09 PM   #2
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Danby-Desi...erator/5893621

170$ shipped to your house. I have one currently with a corny in it. So far it has been working very well for me. (only one keg as I have yet to modify the door) i am not sure what price range you are looking for though. Personally I like this one b/c there are no modifications needed and other has have had great success with it as well.
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Old 08-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #3
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http://www.walmart.com/ip/Danby-Desi...erator/5893621

170$ shipped to your house. I have one currently with a corny in it. So far it has been working very well for me. (only one keg as I have yet to modify the door) i am not sure what price range you are looking for though. Personally I like this one b/c there are no modifications needed and other has have had great success with it as well.
Thanks - I'll look into that one. Do you know if all 4.4cu ft Danbys are created equal? I found a Danby DAR452BL on CL locally for much cheaper, and it looks very similar (it's actually the predecessor to the Walmart model - http://www.kitchenlav.com/DAR452BLW.htm).

There's also the Best Buy Danby (DAR482BLS) which I may be able to get cheaper via a family discount...
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The discontinued one looks to be identical to the one I have at home (as far as i can tell from the pics anyway).

The bestbuy one appears to be the same/similar as well.

I dont know that it matters to you but the entire back wall is where the chill plate is located. There also appears to be a plug hole on the back hump (havent gotten around to seeing if i can remove it or not)

Hope that helps!

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I have the Danby DAR482BL. It has worked great for me.



This guy has a nice write up on the Danby conversion as well.

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Old 08-09-2010, 07:36 PM   #6
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I have the Danby DAR482BL. It has worked great for me.



This guy has a nice write up on the Danby conversion as well.
Thanks! That's very similar to what I'm planning to do with my bar. Have you had any issues with the fridge being enclosed like that? What did you use between the top of the fridge and the bottom of the bar? Are you using anything to keep the lines out of the fridge cold?
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The alcove I framed out under the bar allows for 4-5" on all sides of the fridge. So far no problems w/ventilation.

I used a 2' section of flexable pool pump hose I got at the hardware store to enclose the lines from the top of the fridge to the tower. I then bought some foam pipe insulation to wrap around the pool hose.

I have not installed a device to cool the tower. The 1st 1/2 pint is a little warm (foamy) but it flows great after that.

P.S. The pool hose was the same diameter as the hole saw I used to cut the top of the fridge and bar. The ribbed flexable hose basically "screwed" into the holes I drilled and fit very nicely.

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I converted a Danby that had the upper chill plate. was successful in bending down the chill plate against the back. I can fit 2 corneys, and a 5 lb c02 tank on the back step. i removed the inner panel from the door. it fits snugly under my custom outside bbq/bar, and i had to put a 2" hole in the top to duct the beer lines up to the tower, which is fastened to the bar top. it works nicely, but i need to find a better way to get forced cold air up to the top of the tower to chill the lines

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So, I can get a Danby DAR452BL for $50 or a Sanyo SR4911 for $100 (both from CL). Is there any major advantage to the Sanyo that would justify the extra $50?

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not really. just verify for yourself that it does get cold before you complete the transaction

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