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Old 06-06-2008, 06:25 PM   #11
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Man, I would love to do something like this. Very nice!

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Old 07-21-2008, 04:18 AM   #12
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Default It is finally done!



Sweet Jesus, it took me a while but it is good to go now. See the love controller mounted into the side of the cabinet. Inside I have my Bee Cave Kolsch and will have the Haus Pale Ale in there tomorrow night.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:25 AM   #13
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Very nice. Great idea and job!

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Old 07-21-2008, 04:26 AM   #14
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Very nice. Excellent craftsmanship, particularly given that I see you used a skillsaw (vs. table saw) for your cuts. Any pics/tips on the refer disassembly? How's the oak working out for dissipating the heat from the hot side coil?

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Old 07-21-2008, 11:19 AM   #15
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Very nice. Excellent craftsmanship, particularly given that I see you used a skillsaw (vs. table saw) for your cuts. Any pics/tips on the refer disassembly? How's the oak working out for dissipating the heat from the hot side coil?
I don't have any pics, sorry. But I will say that tin snips, utility knife and a thick pair of gloves are important. Just pick and open edge and start peeling back from the bottom or back. Be careful when pulling the sides away. The copper lines are taped to them and will break if you are not careful. The oak is working really well, very little heat at all.
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Bummer on the pics, but thanks for sharing!

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How's the oak working out for dissipating the heat from the hot side coil?
The oak is working really well, very little heat at all.
You mean very little heat on the inside, right? The outside should definitely be warm during operation.

What I'm getting at is this; Unless the cabinet is doing a really good job of casting off it's heat, the refer unit is expending a lot of it's capacity recycling it's own heat. Since wood is a very good insulator, I was concerned that the (beautiful) oak cabinet may be reducing your refer's efficiency quite a bit. That's one reason why deep freezers use a thin metal exterior shell. The condenser (hot) lines are just behind that shell and the exterior walls act as a heat sink. Here's a pair of pics to illustrate.
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Old 07-21-2008, 04:46 PM   #17
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That is what I figured you meant. The inside walls feel cool to the touch. I guess the wood is warmer then the inside (obviously). I used 1 " foam board and r value of 5. I know that you want to be able to cool those lines down, but setting the cabinet at 68 will give me 2-3 hours of load open per cycle. I think that is pretty good. The one thing I did notice is that during fermentation the heat produced caused it to cycle on about twice as much.

Nice pics by the way.

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That's great info!

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Old 07-29-2008, 03:54 AM   #19
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Don't know how I missed the project before, but it turned out to be quite a handsome piece. Very nicely done and definitely dining room worthy.

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Old 07-29-2008, 04:41 AM   #20
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Nicely done! Love the Love controller built in. Good choice of beers too!

Now we need a pic with the doors open with the beers inside.

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