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Old 06-30-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Freezer Collar Lid Attachment

After viewing many threads, here are my plans for a collar on my 10 cf freezer: (I plan to have 4 taps in collar)

Collar to be built from 3/4" x 3" tall MDF with glued & doweled butt joints.
Attach collar to lid with (8) 3/4" alum. angle pieces with screws, each piece 4-1/2" long. Embed collar to lid in bead of silicone. Silicone the inside with a fillet bead.
Install some sort of insulation on inside of collar.
move seal from lid to bottom of 3/4" wide MDF.
MDF painted with either oil based paint (or Masonry Paint).

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Do I need to widen the bottom 3/4" wide edge to install the seal?
Any special tips on installing the seal?
What is the best paint to use?
What is the best insulation to use?

My objective is to keep it light so I may avoid a "stick prop" when opening the lid.

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Hmm, MDF and Light don't belong in the same sentence but otherwise I think you're doing OK. In fact, with a full bead of silicone, you don't need any other fastening. The lid itself is just a thin metal shell filled with foam. The hinges attach to the collar so the top is just going for a ride. I put the stock seal back on with staples but I'd probably use some contact adhesive if I did it again.

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Thanx Bobby. Your right about MDF, it's what I have laying around. Maybe I'll pick up some pine 1x4.

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what are you planning for insulation inside the collar? Just asking because this has just become my new project

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I don't know yet. I'm stopping at Lowes after work to see what they have. Anyone have suggestions on this and the "correct" paint?

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I didn't use any insulation on my collar, I don't think most people do.

Do, however, make sure you seal up any seams on the inside of the freezer with silicone. Otherwise your freezer's insides will be a rusty mess before long.

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I just used the cheapest white gloss spray paint I could find. Looks good as new after a year. I didn't insulate the collar, all the cold air is down in the chest anyway. Now, air gaps you don't want.

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Thanx Bobby. Your right about MDF, it's what I have laying around. Maybe I'll pick up some pine 1x4.
2x4 is a perfect thickness for most chest freezers. No insulation needed either.
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2x4 is a perfect thickness for most chest freezers. No insulation needed either.
A 2x12 may give you more room to fit 2 cornies on top of the compressor hump. Just a thought. Here's some pics of one I saw at NHC.



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Wow......that is impressive. Did the owner of that one say why they decided on separating the taps like that? Was it for routing purposes?

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