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Old 05-19-2012, 01:43 PM   #561
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How large of a collar will u need to get some on the hump?

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Old 05-19-2012, 02:00 PM   #562
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How large of a collar will u need to get some on the hump?
If i remember correctly it will have to be an 8 inch collar
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:07 PM   #563
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Default Frigidaire 8.8 cf collar

Yeah, an 8 inch collar gives you a perfect fit for ball lock kegs on the Frigidaire 8.8cf. Not a lot of wiggle room, but the top shuts just fine.

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Old 05-21-2012, 01:45 PM   #564
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OK...

Getting my Keezer project started this week. I have a few questions.

I scored a Kenmore 13 Cubic Foot freezer from Craig's List. $175, manufactured in 2009, and listing for about $400 new.

I measured depth, and the hump appears to be about 10" in height.

Overall depth is 29", so the hump depth is 19".

If I build a 6" collar, I would have PLENTY of space for two kegs on the hump. But the biggest concern I had was for the hinges on the back. The bolts attached to the base are 7" apart. If I only make a 6" collar, I would have to attach one of the bolts back into the freezer unit? Do I need to bite the bullet and make an 8" collar to attach completely to that?

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Old 05-21-2012, 02:14 PM   #565
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Not sure I understand the question,but the difference between a 7" collar and a 8" collar are more than just size. Most wood is available in 8" widths so you would have much less cutting needed. If I understand the hinges, you would also not have to worry about making a hole in the freezer too, so that is another big plus!

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Old 05-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #566
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OK...

Getting my Keezer project started this week. I have a few questions.

I scored a Kenmore 13 Cubic Foot freezer from Craig's List. $175, manufactured in 2009, and listing for about $400 new.

I measured depth, and the hump appears to be about 10" in height.

Overall depth is 29", so the hump depth is 19".

If I build a 6" collar, I would have PLENTY of space for two kegs on the hump. But the biggest concern I had was for the hinges on the back. The bolts attached to the base are 7" apart. If I only make a 6" collar, I would have to attach one of the bolts back into the freezer unit? Do I need to bite the bullet and make an 8" collar to attach completely to that?
A 2x6 is actually only 5½" wide. When I measured my Ball Lock kegs, they measured 25.5" tall. This may have been with QDs attached, but regardless, if you were to use a 2x6 you'd only get a hump depth of 24.5". I highly recommend using the 8" board for your collar, just to make sure you have enough depth. Also, knowing the hinge will fit entirely on your collar is reassuring.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #567
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You can always drill extra holes in the hinges as needed, but yeah measure carefully using real kegs and leave a little wiggle room for error.

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Ok, so 8 inch collar for safety and such. I was going to try and follow the Billy Blog about a collar that simply sat on the top, and then a "wider" outer collar that extended below to secure the whoel structure. That puts me building a 10 inch collar around the front three sides (leaving some crap to secure on the back). I was hoping to keep it a little more slender.

As for the 7" gap, I was referring to the base of the hinge that attaches to the freezer unit. It's got two sets of holes in it, and they are spaced 7" apart. IF I had built a 6" collar (with 8" frame for appearance) I would put the LOWER attachment in the previous UPPER holes for the hinge, and the UPPER hinge holes attached directly to the collar.

I'm at work, so I can't attach pics... Does that clarify my question?

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Old 05-24-2012, 08:25 AM   #569
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Just picked up a Holiday 7.0 cf. Holds 3 Pin-locks and the co2 in the bottom and a few 6 packs on the hump with no collar. 28" to the top so plenty of room for hoses and what not. still waiting on my double 525ss perlick tower I got from amazon for 160 so its acting a a ferm chamber with two 6 gallon carboys.

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Old 05-29-2012, 05:06 AM   #570
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Got a Haier 7.1 saturday and dropped the latest lager in there saturday evening. looks fine, fits the limited space I had and should hold 4 kegs on the floor no collar needed. I'll see if I can also fit a 2.5g on the hump. Currelntly holding two 5g pails.

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