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Old 01-03-2013, 06:49 PM   #421
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Thanks for the quick reply and the info about the compressor.

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I'm sure they have, but why wouldn't you? Cover it in wood if you like. You probably don't want to lose the insulation and weatherstripping that's already provided there for you. To get the wood to stick, you'll need to be sure that your glue is suitable for metal-to-wood bonding (I believe Gorilla Glue is, check the label) and you'll want to rough up the paint with some 80-grit or so sandpaper so the glue has a good surface to bond to.
I agree that the freezer lid probably has the most ideal insulation, but I just thinking it looks a little weird having the lid on top at all. I'm thinking I could just put a sheet of wood on top screwed to the collar (making it more of a box than a collar). This way I don't have to worry about the seal between the collar and the lid at all, just that the insulation is good enough in the 'box'. I guess I am mostly trying to figure out if there are any other reasons for keeping the lid at all.
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Old 01-03-2013, 06:56 PM   #422
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Plenty of people enclose the freezers, just check out the "show us your kegerator" sticky. You need to leave a little breathing room for air flow, and like thadius856 mentioned you probably want to install some fans to keep everything cool.

Look around for "coffin keezers," that's the type of build you're referring to.

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Thanks for the quick reply and the info about the compressor.



I agree that the freezer lid probably has the most ideal insulation, but I just thinking it looks a little weird having the lid on top at all. I'm thinking I could just put a sheet of wood on top screwed to the collar (making it more of a box than a collar). This way I don't have to worry about the seal between the collar and the lid at all, just that the insulation is good enough in the 'box'. I guess I am mostly trying to figure out if there are any other reasons for keeping the lid at all.
There's others I'm sure. A wood lid by itself might warp with changes in humidity and temperature, might be prone to mold growth, would be harder to clean, might not have as durable a finish, etc.

The thing about the the lid is that it's flush to the front edge of the freezer. If you're wrapping the freezer in wood, you might as well just wrap the lid in wood too to keep the front flush. Unless you are a woodworker, I can't imagine you'll get a better finish making your own solid top as opposed to wrapping the lid with some furniture-grade plywood (from a real lumberyard).

If you're set on replacing the lid because she doesn't want to see a freezer in the living room, consider going dual-purpose and making the lid a work surface. You can get a pretty nice slab of pre-made and pre-sealed butcher block countertop at Ikea for a lower price than you could make your own. It's close to 2" thick, IIRC, and looks beautiful. You'd have to upsize the hinge springs to support the extra weight, but it could double as a portable kitchen island or buffet for entertaining (you wife will like these ideas!) or whatever you want it to be. You could even chop veggies directly on top if you wanted. Locking casters are cheap and great way to finish off a build like this.
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:13 PM   #424
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Remember that cold air sinks to the bottom. Even modest insulation behind whatever wood you use for the replacement lid would be sufficient to match or exceed the stock lid's insulating performance.

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Old 01-06-2013, 04:14 PM   #425
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Remember that cold air sinks to the bottom. Even modest insulation behind whatever wood you use for the replacement lid would be sufficient to match or exceed the stock lid's insulating performance.
Assuming you don't recirculate the air via fan.
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Old 01-29-2013, 11:59 PM   #427
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I got the Kenmore 14.8 for 336, the chat thingy on there apparently works wonders, I told her a code and the price that it was on sale for on jan 3 and she sold it to me for 336 after she made a typo of 250!

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Old 01-30-2013, 12:00 AM   #428
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Lucky. I wasn't able to get any traction. They wouldn't even price match K-mart, and they own them.

Picture of a monitor, eh? Whatever gets the job done. Try pressing the 'Print Screen' button and pasting it into Paint to save some time next time.

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Don't have much constructive to add here. This thread was a huge help to me, and got me going on my freezers. Simple by most peoples standards around here. You guys come up with some incredible stuff.

I went to HD when I first started looking toward cold storage/serving/fermentation, etc. They had this freezer as a scratch and dent. They had it marked down to $150. I quickly found this thread on my phone so I knew I could get 4+ BL kegs in. I offered $100 and they took it. So then I felt that maybe there were more of these around. I spent the next month stopping at any HD I came across. Sure enough I found another one to match. Offered $100 and got that one too. A little poplar, my pitiful staining job and here they are.

I'll use one for serving (beyond picnic taps, when I can swing it), and the other is setup for corny fermentations.

Thanks again to all who have added to the thread!



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