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Old 09-03-2011, 02:57 PM   #21
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are there self closing perlicks?
not sure what you mean by self closing, but perlicks are forward sealing



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Old 09-03-2011, 04:55 PM   #22
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Picked up the Freezer this morning its in decent shape for its age will need a little tlc to get going pics comings in a bit

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Old 09-03-2011, 07:37 PM   #23
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Ok Here you go

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Old 09-05-2011, 06:56 PM   #24
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Ok question since the lid apparently has a cooling element in it, I was thinking about removing the top cooling element and just insulating top with some foam board. Is that ok or do you think that would affect the cooling of the unit?

Since I am off work tommorrow I will commence with cleaning inside and out. Getting supplies for the build. 2x4's for the coffin, some gaskets and taking a trip to the LHBS to get a few things.

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Old 09-06-2011, 01:37 AM   #25
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Ok question since the lid apparently has a cooling element in it, I was thinking about removing the top cooling element and just insulating top with some foam board. Is that ok or do you think that would affect the cooling of the unit?

Since I am off work tommorrow I will commence with cleaning inside and out. Getting supplies for the build. 2x4's for the coffin, some gaskets and taking a trip to the LHBS to get a few things.
I got a freebie as well. Mine is quite small, but I should be able to fit at least 3 in there. Mine is split in half by a hump where the compressor sits. I plan on doing a wood collar. Is it ok that the kegs sit on the ledge and stick out where the top would normally sit? So the top of the kegs would be half way up the wooden portion. That wouldnt affect cooling or anything like that would it? Let me know if that doesn't make any sense. Ha!
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Old 09-06-2011, 01:54 AM   #26
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Ok question since the lid apparently has a cooling element in it, I was thinking about removing the top cooling element and just insulating top with some foam board. Is that ok or do you think that would affect the cooling of the unit?

Since I am off work tommorrow I will commence with cleaning inside and out. Getting supplies for the build. 2x4's for the coffin, some gaskets and taking a trip to the LHBS to get a few things.
fwiw, I would be extremely surprised (no - make that astonished) if that freezer has anything associated with "cooling" implemented in the lid. All I see is a power cord - and that's most likely there for an optional interior light typically operated by an integrated mercury switch.

Plug the unit into the wall, turn it on, and leave the lid open. Let it run for 15 minutes, then run your hand around the interior walls, and then the inside of the lid. Assuming the compressor works and there's plenty of coolant circulating in the lines, it should quickly show you where the cooling (expansion) coils are actually located - and I bet they're all high up on the inside wall of the body - and none are in the lid.

While you're at this, run your hand around the exterior walls of the chest. You should note how warm the walls are - because this unit looks like a typical "warm wall" design, that couples the condenser plumbing to the exterior sheet metal for heat dissipation. This should provide ample caution about arbitrarily drilling holes into the chest body from inside or out...

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Old 09-06-2011, 02:27 AM   #27
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IMO....pay the $60-$70 for an external temperature controller, you won't regret it.
You can get an adequate temp controller for about $25 on ebay
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Old 09-06-2011, 10:30 PM   #28
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Well the Rain we are having put a damper on brewing today. At least the ups guy got here early with one of the kits I ordered. So I took a trip down to my LHBS, and fattened his pocket a little. Got a 7lb refurb C02 tank for 49.95! 30 bucks cheaper than his 5lb refurb. Yeah Its skinny and tall but will work fine for me! Heck at that price I may pickup another!

Decided to pickup an analog temperature controller, I figure since I am not going to be opening the lid a whole bunch why spend the extra on the digital? And with the $$ money i saved I bought another beer kit(Summer Ale)! So I I will have American Light and a Summer ale on tap as my first 2 Brews in the Keezer.

Also went to home depot to get some supplies, Picked up some Wood 2x6 for the collar and 2x3's for the base, some liquid nails, some regular nails and 4 casters 2 with brakes and 2 without and hardware for the casters.

Doing a little cleaning after dinner and I think I will hook up the temp controller and give it a test run

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Update with some pics along the way!

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Well I got the dolly built yesterday. I used 2x3's and some nice long nails and some 2.5 inch casters from home depot. Pictures coming later. Now I can work on Final design.

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