New Giveaway - Wort Monster Conical Fermeneter!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Connecting two minis together for ferm chamber




Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 03-29-2013, 04:02 PM   #1
tugbucket
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Memphis, TN
Posts: 187
Liked 31 Times on 24 Posts
Likes Given: 19

Default Connecting two minis together for ferm chamber

I can get a working mini-fridge for cheap. I can also get a non working mini for basically the cost of me going to pick it up. The idea being that I could cut a ole in the sides and run some insulated duct between the two. I have plenty of computer fans around to help pull the air through.

I've seen people talk about being careful when converting a mini-fridge for taps and that the top of these things have plumbing in them. Do the sides? If they do, what woudl be the best place to connect duct between them.

Yea, I could just use the working one, remove the door and build an insulated chamber but, mmm free.



__________________
tugbucket is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 04:37 PM   #2
KBentley57
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 244
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

I would think you would either have to have two ducts (side by side arrangement) so that there is a cold air return, or have one duct and stack them, so that the cold air sinks down to the bottom one. Either one probably will not work as well as you think. I would imagine that those are designed to just barely work enough to keep it cold. Essentially doubling the surface area for heat to enter, plus the heat entering into the duct would make the temp rise substantialy, if not overwork the compressor.



__________________
KBentley57 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 05:06 PM   #3
KTMurphy
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Long Island, New York
Posts: 31
Likes Given: 2

Default

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/side-side-refers-394216/

Reposting what I said there:

Quote:
From what I've read in the various Kegerator build threads here cutting into the side is a VERY risky procedure. While some units have no cooling lines in the top they ALL have lines in the side. Cutting or even just nicking one will turn your fridge into curb fodder.

I've seen some people here have done it, but you really can't use power tools. You need to slowly and carefully cut into the wall and clear the insulation by hand to find a clear path through the wall.
That being said, if your dead one and your new one are the same model, you can do exploratory on the dead one to see where the lines are. Otherwise... I'd be hesitant to do it.
__________________
KTMurphy is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 05:07 PM   #4
RDavis
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 4
Default

Cut your duct hole in the non-working one, if you hit plumbing no loss because it wasn't working anyways. If you don't hit plumbing then you know where to cut on the working unit.

__________________
RDavis is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
day_trippr
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Stow, MA
Posts: 8,384
Liked 807 Times on 671 Posts

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by RDavis View Post
Cut your duct hole in the non-working one, if you hit plumbing no loss because it wasn't working anyways. If you don't hit plumbing then you know where to cut on the working unit.
Maybe not. If he was going to butt them side-to-side, cutting a hole in the right panel of the left fridge doesn't guarantee there won't be a tube running under the left panel of the right fridge...

Cheers!
__________________
day_trippr is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 06:13 PM   #6
DAlexander
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Acampo, CA
Posts: 54
Liked 4 Times on 1 Posts

Default

With the non working unit there is no issue as you know. When I did my keggerator I used a dremel and cut only the sheet metal and exposed the inside where I was going to mount the taps.. then I ran a through the foam to make sure there were no lines running through. Luckily I found nothing. I then pulled the hooks off of a wall mount coat hanger, bored out for the shanks, and mounted that whole thing over the exposed insulation.

Since you are just running duct between the 2 you could cut out the metal carefully, then chip away the foam gently till you reach the interior plastic. If you find tubbing, just leave it, it wont hurt nothin.

__________________
DAlexander is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 03-29-2013, 06:46 PM   #7
DAlexander
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Acampo, CA
Posts: 54
Liked 4 Times on 1 Posts

Default

How much heat will the fans give off though?

__________________
DAlexander is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 04-06-2013, 01:53 PM   #8
KBentley57
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Birmingham, AL
Posts: 244
Liked 24 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 8

Default

Each fan will produce about 3 watts of heat.



__________________
KBentley57 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools
Display Modes


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ferm Chamber G-Hog DIY Projects 3 04-22-2012 08:22 PM
My Ferm Chamber DoubleAught General Beer Discussion 11 09-20-2011 01:53 PM
Ferm Chamber neko Fermentation & Yeast 9 09-13-2011 04:17 PM
My Ferm Chamber rhltechie DIY Projects 4 08-26-2010 04:44 PM
My ferm. chamber metaltim DIY Projects 5 08-06-2009 10:40 PM