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BuzzCraft 05-08-2009 01:13 PM

Recommended minifridge for kegerator?
 
I recently finished my keezer and my father-in-law (hooked after 1 afternoon of draft beer!) is thinking about converting a mini-fridge and using a tower set up. One that would hold 2 cornies would be ideal.

Any specific model/size recommendations?

Thx.

Arkador 05-08-2009 03:24 PM

I hear a Sanyo 4912 is very popular.

For the price they charge for them tho, I plan on getting a chest freezer that will hold 4 cornies.

BuzzCraft 05-08-2009 05:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Arkador (Post 1310852)
For the price they charge for them tho, I plan on getting a chest freezer that will hold 4 cornies.

Thanks for the info. I just built up a keezer with a magic chef 7.2 and that unit is perfect for 4...could even put in 6 cornies using a 6 inch collar and the tank on the outside, but 4 inside with room for bottles on the hump suits me fine.

Arkador 05-08-2009 05:07 PM

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Originally Posted by BuzzCraft (Post 1311066)
Thanks for the info. I just built up a keezer with a magic chef 7.2 and that unit is perfect for 4...could even put in 6 cornies using a 6 inch collar and the tank on the outside, but 4 inside with room for bottles on the hump suits me fine.

I am actually planning on buying the 7.2 Magic Chef tomorrow. I just got back from selling my side by side refrigerator (Only holds 2 kegs) to someone on craigslist. I am frantically trying to find a refrigerator controler today so i can get my keezer up and running tomorrow. I will eventually add a 6inch colar, but just continue using my picnic taps until then.

qvantamon 05-08-2009 06:29 PM

Wally world has a danby 4.4 for less than 200. Model number is DAR440BL. Way cheaper than the 4912M. Dont know about the quality, though.

Here's a guy who converted one of those.

skybrew 05-08-2009 09:45 PM

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Originally Posted by qvantamon (Post 1311283)
Wally world has a danby 4.4 for less than 200. Model number is DAR440BL. Way cheaper than the 4912M. Dont know about the quality, though.

Here's a guy who converted one of those.

This is exactly the model I used and it works great! I got it from Walmart.com you can get it delivered to the nearest store for free or have it shipped to your home. I had it shipped to my home because shipping was $0.97 for me because of how close I am to the walmart distro center. :)

macabra11 06-08-2009 06:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BuzzCraft (Post 1311066)
Thanks for the info. I just built up a keezer with a magic chef 7.2 and that unit is perfect for 4...could even put in 6 cornies using a 6 inch collar and the tank on the outside, but 4 inside with room for bottles on the hump suits me fine.

Would a 10# CO2 tank fit on the hump of this freezer (Magic Chef 7.2)? My freezer blew and I have a tower system (no collar) and I want to fit 4 cornys and a 10# CO2 tank inside a freezer. Will the Magic chef 7.2 work for that? :confused:

Arkador 06-08-2009 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by macabra11 (Post 1369576)
Would a 10# CO2 tank fit on the hump of this freezer (Magic Chef 7.2)? My freezer blew and I have a tower system (no collar) and I want to fit 4 cornys and a 10# CO2 tank inside a freezer. Will the Magic chef 7.2 work for that? :confused:

I will measure it when i get home for you.
5lb tank is 17.25inches tall
10lb tank is 20 inches tall.
4 cornies fit without having to squeeze.(6 if you add a 6inch colar)

If what MNBugeater says is accurate, than you won't fit a 10lb without tilting it. I am sure you could put it in on an angle to get it inside, but that will use up most of the space on the hump.
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Originally Posted by MNBugeater (Post 694142)
I also called Home Depot and the guy was extremely helpful. He knows I'm driving 100+ miles to get this.

Internal:
25" Deep (not on the hump)
18" Deep to hump
17" Front to Back
20" Hump to Side
8.5" Length of Hump


macabra11 06-08-2009 08:16 PM

Is it OK to have the CO2 NOT upright? Will that cause problems for the system? :confused:

Arkador 06-08-2009 08:33 PM

I measured the space above my 5lb tank, there is less than an inch to spare, so it is the largest tank that wills tand up on the hump.

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Originally Posted by macabra11 (Post 1369939)
Is it OK to have the CO2 NOT upright? Will that cause problems for the system? :confused:

You need it upright enough that the liquid is not being drawn out, so do not put it on it's side unless you have an Anti-Suphon tube. You should be able to angle it 30-40degrees from verticle without drawing any fluid.
http://www.chrisschneck.com/wp-conte...syphontube.jpg
Anti-syphon tubes must be custom installed for your tank, the tube must always face an upward direction to draw gas only and function optimally. If you are concidering this, call a local paintball shop and ask if they can install it for you. (They usually only work with 9oz-20oz tanks.

You might be able to get away with putting the tank on the floor of the chest freezer between your 4 kegs (not sure how much room will be leftover) and connect a high pressure line to the regulators.
http://www.krach.org/Homebrew/ChestF...icChef-7.2.jpg
I only have the 5lb tank, but I am pretty sure I could fit mine down there, if i pushed the 4 kegs to the outside corners.
a Paintball remote line fits my tank and regulator.
https://secure.gwnpb.com/images/P/GW...0DLX%20lrg.jpg


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