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Old 11-14-2009, 02:18 AM   #1
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So I finished my kegerator a few weeks back and finally have some pics here:
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I have to say, it was simple and the benefits of using a vintage fridge are numerous.

First, the fridge was free. Some people are asking crazy dough for old fridges, but if you're persistent, you can still find them for free or cheap.

Second, they look super cool. The agreement with SWMBO was that if it looked good, it could live in the living room. Score!

Third, they aren't frost free, so I can keep my yeast bank in the freezer.

Did I mention that they look cool? Hopefully I'll have two more perlicks on there pretty soon. But draught beer in the living room??? I'm still amazed...

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That is a cool setup. How did you prep the surface for paint?

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Thanks! Basically just a quick sanding to knock off the loose stuff, then I rattle-canned it. I used one of the snap on handles to save my fingers. It looks pretty good from a distance, but it could use a bit of buffing to even it up.

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But draught beer in the living room??? I'm still amazed...

I don't know how you swung that. I'm pretty sure I couldn't get draft beer in the living room even if Oprah approved it!

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Now there's an idea. How can we get Oprah on our side??? Luckily the SWMBO is pretty cool about my obsessions!

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Hey, we conversed a bit about your fridge and going the vintage route in the "Show us your Kegerator" thread.

Just found this thread after scouring this forum for more info on vintage kegerators (which seems scarce). I put in a bid on a 1950s Westinghouse on ebay. Still a little less than a day to go, but I think I'm going to get it!

Thanks for convincing me to go the vintage route -- I'm sure my SWMBO appreciates it, too (she finds the vintage fridge more appealing than a chest freezer).

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Hey, we conversed a bit about your fridge and going the vintage route in the "Show us your Kegerator" thread.

Just found this thread after scouring this forum for more info on vintage kegerators (which seems scarce). I put in a bid on a 1950s Westinghouse on ebay. Still a little less than a day to go, but I think I'm going to get it!

Thanks for convincing me to go the vintage route -- I'm sure my SWMBO appreciates it, too (she finds the vintage fridge more appealing than a chest freezer).

You're very welcome, and good luck on the auction! The vintage look definitely goes a long way to making it a family-friendly appliance. I don't think my SWMBO would tolerate a keezer in the living room. Make sure to put some pictures up once you get going on the project!
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Totally awesome looking kegerator.

One question I have is how does this type of fridge's energy efficiency compare to a newer one?

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Totally awesome looking kegerator.

One question I have is how does this type of fridge's energy efficiency compare to a newer one?
Thanks!

From what I understand, due to the smaller capacity, and the fact that electricity used to be much more expensive, these fridges are typically pretty efficient. I don't have any numbers, but it doesn't run very much. Check out the efficiency question in this faq. Granted, they are selling restored fridges.
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