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Old 11-05-2009, 08:37 PM   #21
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Oops, I see it's nine months since the post -- I was reading your "join date."

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Old 11-05-2009, 09:32 PM   #22
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Mine has been fine since early in '08. No problems with keeping temp, excessive compressor cycles or anything of the sort.




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Old 11-06-2009, 02:16 AM   #23
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Hi,

I have embarked on the same type of project, for the same reasons: bar in basement with no space for a larger freezer or fridge. I bought a new Danby (same as what they use to make their kegerator as far as I can tell). I plan to reuse its door as the door for my cold box.

How has your setup held up over the last year+?
I did a similar project where I used the door from the fridge. It has worked out really well. Check it out if you're interested: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/4-6-...version-88554/
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Old 11-06-2009, 04:43 PM   #24
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TH,

Very, very nice job. I am plannig to do the same thing with flashing so the door seal will work. I had not thought of usig magnetic strip to hold the fridge to the box though; very ingenious!

Have you tried taking the temp down to beer dispensing levels yet? And any update on the compressor cycling?

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Old 11-06-2009, 05:39 PM   #25
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MMMB, what did you use to line the interior of your cold box?

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MMMB, what did you use to line the interior of your cold box?
pink foam for insulation covered with the pebbled shower board available at HD/Lowes

Sealed with silicone and waterproof foil tape
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TH,

Very, very nice job. I am plannig to do the same thing with flashing so the door seal will work. I had not thought of usig magnetic strip to hold the fridge to the box though; very ingenious!

Have you tried taking the temp down to beer dispensing levels yet? And any update on the compressor cycling?
I can't help you much there, I've only used it for fermenting ales so far and for that the compressor runs very infrequently - except when I open the door to lovingly check on my fermentors (which is often of course).
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:44 PM   #28
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pink foam for insulation covered with the pebbled shower board available at HD/Lowes

Sealed with silicone and waterproof foil tape
Well, I'm proud of myself -- that's exactly what I thought it was! Another GREAT idea -- I was thinking of using 1/4" melamine board, which is a PITA to work with. This will be much better.
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I just wanted to follow up for everyone that helped me out. I went ahead and did the cold box. Here are a few pictures....I didn't take too many "in progress" pictures...just before and afters:

Here's the half of my bar that I'm putting the cold box in. The 2 sides of my bar split apart and the bar top sits on dowel rods. The fridge goes in the side of the left. I had to trim down those 2X4 and rip out the floor to fit the fridge in. I also put a muffin fan in the top that will ventilate the heat off of the compressor out holes under the bar top.



So here are a few of it all put back together. I used 3 sheets of 3/4" R4 insulated foam board on all sides (and the door). The door was the hardest part to get a tight fit and be able to open it. I had to shave a little at a time off of the side to get it to fit:



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I decided to do a test to see how cold I could get it. I think it's safe to say it gets cold enough:



Well that's it. Thanks for everyone's advice. I don't think I would have been successful without it, and may not have even attempted it.
what is that thing that is covered in duct tape???
Great build by the way. Thinking of doing the same. is it still working?
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i just scored this 33" mini freezer off of craigslist. I am going to use this for a similar coldbox and make it a little larger. I figure if a mini fridge works, a mini freezer will work with less stress..

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