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Old 08-20-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Default Installing wheels on 12.9 cu ft Keezer

Hey Guys,

I'm in the process of building a Keezer and thanks to all the previous posts and instructions I have no fear it will be amazing. One thing that's stumping me are installing wheels to the bottom in order to move it around (from inside to back deck) when needed. I have a wood floors inside so the wheels need to be soft to not scratch them all up. I've seen some guys build boxes on the bottom but i would rather not do this. Does anyone have any experience in putting wheels on the bottom? Which wheels and how do did you attach them?

Thanks for all the continued support!

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Old 08-20-2014, 03:17 PM   #2
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I have a large ale ferm chamber that I mounted on large rubber casters from Harbor Freight. I just built a frame around the bottom that gave me room to mount the casters.
If you don't want to do that, why not just attach blocks on each corner big enough to accommodate the mounting bolts. Also get at least two locking casters. ImageUploadedByHome Brew1408547824.401581.jpg


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Old 08-20-2014, 03:26 PM   #3
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If you don't see moving it much, you could use furniture slides instead of wheels.

Edit. See you are going inside to out. Slides probably won't work.

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Since it's a really bad idea to drill into a freezer many times like that, you can attach the wheels to a piece of plywood or make a cradle frame dolly out of angle iron. Harbor freight has some pretty cool poyurethane casters that can hold like 250lbs each.

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Since it's a really bad idea to drill into a freezer many times like that, you can attach the wheels to a piece of plywood or make a cradle frame dolly out of angle iron. Harbor freight has some pretty cool poyurethane casters that can hold like 250lbs each.
Frame dolly sounds like a good idea, I might do that for mine actually
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Old 08-20-2014, 03:43 PM   #6
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FWIW, I used the casters below from amazon on my mobile build (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/frankenkeezer-mobile-brewpub-486990/), but I wanted them to be extra heavy duty due to all the added weight the ferm chamber addded. They seem to be holding up great and I love the lock feature, but be aware they add about 6" of height.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B008S52OHQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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Old 08-20-2014, 04:57 PM   #7
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I have what's likely the same 12.9cf keezer, a Frigidaire FFCH13M2MW bought new last December. I built a dolly for it using 2x8s which brought the top to a comfortable-to-lean-on 44", using inexpensive 2.5" casters from one of the big box stores.

The panel in the rear holds a 12V power supply for the keezer fans and a 30A relay to switch the compressor under control of the MH1210 mounted in the front of the keezer lid...

Cheers!

[edit] Added a view of the dolly structure...

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Wow, that looks great! How do you keep the keezer from sliding off the base when pushing it around?

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Old 08-21-2014, 01:17 PM   #9
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Wow, that looks great! How do you keep the keezer from sliding off the base when pushing it around?
A high tech solution: a few inches of inch-wide double sided tape placed at each corner

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