Originally Posted by brewman !
I want to put a kegerator in the pantry of our new house. The door frame is a bit over 27" wide.
I am limited to an overall length of 50-51 inches.
The top of the kegerator will be a counter surface. Because there will be wall cabinets above it, I cannot use a collar.
Generally, these restrictions point me in the direction of a 12.7 to 15 cubic foot freezer. Generally the advertised width of those freezers is 29.5 inches.
I can't find any of these freezers on display locally. Which freezers in that size range will fit through a 27 inch doorway with the lid and hinges removed ?
Well, all of these measurements are given on my drawings and in the spec sheets I provide.
You won't get anything larger than an 8.8 cf model through a 27" doorway. At that point, you're looking at 41" in length.
Note that most kitchen countertop heights are usually 36-37" from top of working surface to flooring. The 8.8 cf model with no wheels or frame will come in at 34½" tall. However, with cabinets above it, you'll likely need it on wheels (so you can pull it forward) to fully open the lid without striking the cabinets, and that's going to get you into the 42"+ tall range once you add in a basic 2x4 base with castors. I really think you'd be better off with wire shelving or something above it, but it's your choice. It'd be hard to get cornys in/out without being able to fully open the lid and let it rest in that position.
As for the doorway. If you're the homeowner, you'd be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to expand a doorway to 30". Most experienced DIYers could tear out the old door casing, remove the door, re-frame and enlargen the header, install a new door and casing, and have it functional in a day's work. Add another day or two to patch and paint drywall. Just an idea.