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roryspa 04-01-2007 06:35 PM

Fridge with freezer
 
Hey guys, i'm gonna be converting a fridge with one of the freezers that is little more than a metal shelf with coolant lines in it. i know that this is not ideal, but it is what i have to work with. i have heard of people saying that the freezer can be un-bolted and moved to make cornies fit. Does anyone have any pics of their freezer mover mod? I also have a tower tower to mount to the top of the bar. there is only about a 10 to 11 inch gap from top of fridge to bottom of bar. have heard many people say that the lines need to be kept cool, use PVC pipe and a fan. have also had people sat that since distance is short, you just need pipe insulation around the beer lines (foam that is "c" shaped), anyone have any ideas/ insight?
thanks a million

homebrewer_99 04-01-2007 06:58 PM

I, sad but true, recently killed an old fridge doing just that...:mad: It's DOA now..., but I did sleep at a Holiday Inn Express last night (don't tell my wife).;)

Bobby_M 04-02-2007 02:09 AM

You'd have to carefully bend the coolant lines out of the way. I did this on an old upright freezer. The shelves were formed by tack welding the wire shelving onto the coolant lines and I had to cut all the wires, etc. I bent two of the shelves up against the back wall.

the_bird 04-02-2007 02:19 AM

I just scavanged an old fridge from work. It's wide enough to fit two cornies across (just a touch more than 17 inches - but it's only 23 up to the cooling element. SO, I'm going to carefully try and bend it up out of the way when I get the kegs here and can take some final measurements.

roryspa 04-02-2007 01:57 PM

the fridge that i'm using has the "U" shaped thin metal sheet freezer...im sure you know what i mean even though that is not best description. it is screwed into the top in four different places (corners i think...most logical). we plan on unscrewing them so the freezer floats.then take the freezer and screw it into back wall on top of that little shelf in back. hose connecting the freezer to back seems to be pliable rubber, so i think it should work. now i'm just wondering about gap between bar and fridge and whether the pipe insulation solution is actually a solution.
thanks for responses!

roryspa 04-02-2007 02:00 PM

Off topic but how was the pumpkin ale "homebrewer_99"? Was thinking about one eventually.

Bobby_M 08-19-2008 02:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Bobby_M (Post 257829)
You'd have to carefully bend the coolant lines out of the way. I did this on an old upright freezer. The shelves were formed by tack welding the wire shelving onto the coolant lines and I had to cut all the wires, etc. I bent two of the shelves up against the back wall.

http://www.suebob.com/images/brew/freezer.jpg

-Dan- 01-17-2009 03:37 PM

I have almost the same freezer here and consider doing the same. I already looked at the coils and know I have to be very careful, but I am quite concerned about breaking one of the coils and having a dead freezer. Any advice about the coils and how far you can bend them?

MoRoToRiUm 01-17-2009 04:11 PM

Just bend SLOW and careful.... 90 degrees max, and that is tough sometimes with worrying about pinching/breaking the line. I did it on a mini fridge for a friend before (and back when he decided it wasn't big enough) with no repercussions....

I've heard speculation on it, but not sure- anyone try heating the lines to make them a little more plyable?

-Dan- 01-19-2009 03:38 PM

I guess I will have to try and see what happens. Not really looking forward to this tho.


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