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Old 01-12-2010, 12:22 AM   #1
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Default Upright Freezer for Kegerator?

Did a quick search but couldn't find what I needed. The old fridge I was using as my kegerator went out tonight, and I need to replace it fast. I have an extra full-size, upright, frost-free freezer with a temp controller. Has anyone used one as a kegerator, drilling through the door for the taps? I just want to make sure no coils are in there before I unleash the hole saw

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If it is frost free you should be good to go. As long as there are no lights or anything in the door, then you should be clear of electric. There will be no coils to worry about for sure.

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The problem with upright freezers is that many/most of them have coolant lines built into the shelves. If yours has removable shelves, it shouldn't be too tough. Somewhere on here there was a description of using a cornstarch slurry painted on the sides of a freezer to show where the lines were. Not sure where it is now.

But if you don't see any lines connecting the door to the rest of the freezer, than there aren't any in the door. The coolant would have to have a way to get to and from the compressor after all.

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Thanks Hermit and ChshreCat, I appreciate the fast responses As I think about it, it seems like a dumb question 'cause there would have to be hard lines running from the body of the freezer to the door for the refrigerant. That would make it difficult to open and close I guess I was just freaking out a little. New kegerator here I come!

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The problem with upright freezers is that many/most of them have coolant lines built into the shelves. If yours has removable shelves, it shouldn't be too tough. Somewhere on here there was a description of using a cornstarch slurry painted on the sides of a freezer to show where the lines were. Not sure where it is now.

But if you don't see any lines connecting the door to the rest of the freezer, than there aren't any in the door. The coolant would have to have a way to get to and from the compressor after all.
He said frost free so cooling shelves are not an issue on this one.
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Thanks Hermit and ChshreCat, I appreciate the fast responses As I think about it, it seems like a dumb question 'cause there would have to be hard lines running from the body of the freezer to the door for the refrigerant. That would make it difficult to open and close I guess I was just freaking out a little.
Electric would be your only worry, but usually not at the center of an upright freezer.
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He said frost free so cooling shelves are not an issue on this one.
Did not know that was a requirement for a frost free upright freezer. I'll file that bit of info away for the future.
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Did not know that was a requirement for a frost free upright freezer. I'll file that bit of info away for the future.
Frost free have all of their cooling lines behind a panel so the heater can defrost them. When you look inside it is obvious that there are no coolant lines under any of the shelves. But, if you are looking for an upright freezer to use as a fermenter or kegorator, look for frost free.
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Frost free have all of their cooling lines behind a panel so the heater can defrost them. When you look inside it is obvious that there are no coolant lines under any of the shelves. But, if you are looking for an upright freezer to use as a fermenter or kegorator, look for frost free.
I'd seen ones that had the tubing in the shelves and some that didn't. Just never noticed the ones without marked as "frost free" and the other's not. Good stuff to know.
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I have an extra full-size, upright, frost-free freezer with a temp controller. Has anyone used one as a kegerator, drilling through the door for the taps? I just want to make sure no coils are in there before I unleash the hole saw
I use an upright freezer as an aging fridge with sampling taps.
Nothing in the door, only the side walls have the condensor lines.



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