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Old 08-27-2007, 06:39 PM   #1
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Default Buying Kegerator - DIY or New?

Did a quick search, came up with nothing. I'd like to know if it is worth shelling out $500+ on a new kegerator from bestbuy/costco/etc. or should i get the needed materials to make a kegerator myself?

If this has already been covered here on the forums, please (kindly) et me know.

Thanks! Oh btw - I'm new here to the HBT forums!

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:46 PM   #2
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In those two formfactors, it's really about capacity.

Sanyo DIY= 2. Cheaper upfront cost, but you can spend as much upgrading it.
Danby, et al = 4. (Usually get a 5# tank/reg included. Need to upgrade tower. May have better duty cycle.

If a bigger footprint is OK.
Full size household fridge ~ 5
Chest Freezer ~ 4-6+ (varies by model/size)

If you go the Sanyo DIY route , you'll need to get a fridge w/o a freezer section.

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Old 08-27-2007, 06:49 PM   #3
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In those two formfactors, it's really about capacity.

Sanyo DIY= 2. Cheaper upfront cost, but you can spend as much upgrading it.
Danby, et al = 4. (Usually get a 5# tank/reg included. Need to upgrade tower. May have better duty cycle.

If a bigger footprint is OK.
Full size household fridge ~ 5
Chest Freezer ~ 4-6+ (varies by model/size)

Well i guess i should have said the capacity i am wanting: I'd like a 1/2 barrel - nothing bigger than a mini fridge or there abouts.
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Old 08-27-2007, 06:50 PM   #4
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I've yet to see a mini that can support a 1/2 barrel.

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http://www.micromatic.com/keg-refrig...d-BC-1206.html
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That's no DIY mini.

I'm saying that you probably wont find a mini fridge that can be converted to support a commercial half barrel.

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This is the Sanyo DIY
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1099397015586
holds 2 corny kegs bt not sankey 1/2.

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The Sanyo kegger looks like a purpose-built unit, not something available on the street. Note the casters and the lack of a compressor hump in the floor. It's about a 6 cu ft and weights twice as much as the 5 cu ft Sanyos commonly used for cornie keggers. The few 6 cu ft units available are not cheap and they tend to have floor mounted compressors anyway. Even my 14 cuft uses a floor compressor.

You are probably better off buying the pre-built unit.

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Also keep in mind buying one used off auction. I purchased my first kegerator (a Perlick 3 sanke keg capacity) for $200 off ebay. My second kegerator I got off ebay for $97 and its brand spanking new (the owner listed it as a SODA DISPENSOR for some reason).

So what Im saying is keep an eye out, there's no reason you should have to shell out $500 just to drink your own draft beer.

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Go the chest freezer route. Commercial "mini" models are a rip off...and you'll want to upgrade. If you get a smaller chest freezer, you'll still save space, but you could fit much more in there, and have more serving options for parties. It's a pretty easy DIY, too.

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