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Old 09-01-2009, 02:39 PM   #1
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So.... I just got my chest freezer. Am I the only one who thinks that the tower looks WAY better than the collar? It seems like everyone is going with the collar, but I just don't think it looks all that great!

Is there something logistical that makes the collar that much better? I'm fine with cutting holes...

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some people like the way a tower looks, some people like the collar. i, personally, prefer the collar look.

however, there are also plenty of chest freezers where a collar is necessary to get a few more inches of height so that the cornies will fit inside, especially if you want to fit more cornies in by putting them on the compressor hump.

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Collar is also a bit cheaper...

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however, there are also plenty of chest freezers where a collar is necessary to get a few more inches of height so that the cornies will fit inside, especially if you want to fit more cornies in by putting them on the compressor hump.
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I figure it would take me multiple tries to get the collar right though, lol....

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Old 09-01-2009, 02:49 PM   #5
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The lines in a tower often warm up between pours, resulting in a big glass of foam unless you figure out a way to cool the lines in the tower. There are a few ways to do it, all more trouble than making a collar IMO.

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In addition, with a Tower you may have to be constantly moving the keezer so you're not hitting the wall with it and so you can completely open the lid.

But honestly, it's personal preference...

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Old 09-01-2009, 02:57 PM   #7
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Ok - thanks.

Basically:

Opening the keezer will be an issue.
Cooling of the tower is an issue (which I think I've figured out).
Towers look awesome

For me, I don't have the tools to make a professional looking collar, but I do have a drill and a hole cutting bit. Considering I'm likely not going to have more than 2 corny kegs in this thing (the nature of my job + law school prevent me from brewing more than that), I'm not too concerned about space. End result: Tower it is!

Thanks so much for the prompt and awesome input!

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I am in the process of converting a 5 cf chest freezer that I have had for several years . I went with a collar

1. Because I wanted to fit a keg on the compressor hump . 3 instead of 2

2. If I find a larger one I can take the collar off and sell the one I have without a hole in the lid

I am going to post the build next week finishing it up this weekend

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It sounds like you'd really prefer a tower, but if you find cost prohibitive and are interested in making a collar, I think I did it in a way that required very few tools and I made a step-by-step. See link in sig below.

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I originally had a tower on top of my keezer. It was a PITA, always in the way. Also, no one has mentioned that the sheet metal on these chest freezers lids is actually pretty thin so if you mount it right on top of the door it will be wobbly as hell. I went with a collar on my new freezer. I like it much better and it adds two kegs to the freezer capacity.

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