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bdimag 04-18-2012 08:17 PM

Dry Ice for temporary Kegerator?
Anyone ever experimented with using dry ice to keep an enclosed space cold?

I'll be using the brickerator in about a month and will need a powerless solution for keeping the kegs cold... Last year it was ice, and it was kind of a pain to drain the water and then buy more ice (at the fairgrounds, so not necessarily cheap).

Dry ice would prevent that, plus the added benefit of having the whole trunk cold (thinking of the beer lines here).


flushdrew42 04-18-2012 08:39 PM

looks awesome. unsure it's "legal" but i love it!!

jfrizzell 04-18-2012 09:19 PM


Wow, best kegerator ever!

bdimag 04-30-2012 08:41 PM

still wondering about the dry ice...

just put in an order for 90min ipa and arrogant bastard

nasty_rabbit 04-30-2012 09:53 PM

Dry ice should work fine. I have used it camping several times. Cautions that go along with this (aside from the obvious do NOT allow contact to bare skin). Direct contact will cause plastic to become brittle distort it and it will crack, wrap it in a towel. Placing it above what you want to cool and it will act as a freezer, but near the base of the kegs it will refrigerate. It will cause condensation so expect the base area to get wet. Just for insurance, I would use some insinuation to keep it from contacting the kegs. A few layers of cardboard will work fine. Oh and by the way, great rig. I know that envy is a terrible thing but I Want One.

nasty_rabbit 04-30-2012 09:59 PM

I almost hate predictive typing. That should have been insulation not insinuation. One other thing 2 pounds keeps a 60 quart cooler of food cold for 4 days with limited opening of the cooler. Always use ice for the beer cooler because I will not limit access to that.

Toymaker 04-30-2012 11:12 PM

I didn't see any insulation in the trunk. You should probably insulate the trunk as much as you can to make the dry ice last longer!

wilserbrewer 05-01-2012 02:08 PM

Last summer I reused some dry ice and a cooler I got from Omaha Steaks...dry ice works GREAT...but is powerful stuff and will be a freezer rather than a fridge pending the amount used I'd imagine. Dry Ice kept an ice cream cake hard like concrete all afternoon in a cooler in a hot car on a balls hot June day...powerfull stuff! Likely work great for ya as long as you don't under or over do it.

Gridlocked 05-01-2012 02:25 PM

I use dry ice for a yearly, two-day camping trip that we go on and have been for the past three years, and will be doing something very similar for an upcoming event this weekend. I'm actually building my temporary kegerator right now. The thing you have to be careful about is the dry ice freezing whatever is close to it. We usually keep it separated from our food and canned beer with a newspaper or magazine or something like that - and handle it with a pair of good gloves.
I'll try to photo document my use of the dry ice this weekend and share.

wilserbrewer 05-01-2012 02:27 PM


Originally Posted by Toymaker (Post 4044419)
I didn't see any insulation in the trunk. You should probably insulate the trunk as much as you can to make the dry ice last longer!

100 lbs of dry ice might just frost up the ass end of that Volvo...now that would be a site on a hot muggy June day in VA.

Maybe some small chips of dry ice dopped down into the tower as well???

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