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Old 01-21-2011, 03:45 PM   #1
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Ok, so I picked up a mini fridge today from CL... I believe it's a Magic Chef 4.4 Cu Ft, model no: MCBR445W2

my first concern is that temperature dial. how hard is it to remove and move? any problems?

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another concern is removing the freezer "flap" and bending the coolant lines upward... but the "flap" doesn't seem to want to come out

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another concern is removing the door shelves/racks...

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i guess im just trying to see if anyone else on here has experience with this model or a similar model and has any helpful insight?

i'm ready for some cold homebrew!

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Old 01-21-2011, 04:04 PM   #2
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I know 3 years ago when I built mine, those of us grabbing mini-fridges stayed away from those with an icebox because of the interference. I wonder if you can unscrew it and swing it down to the back of the fridge.. My concern is with kinking or rupturing a line. A kink will create a secondary orifice resulting in less cooling from the evaporator, and well a rupture renders the fridge useless. I'll do some research and see if I can find anything for you on that.

The T-stat housing should be removable, if you can't find screws then still use your screw driver... to pry it off. Just work patiently as you might decide that you want to save certain pieces. Don't destroy anything until you are sure you no longer want it. Same goes for that door, looks like some gentle pry-bar action (screwdriver) will pop it out.

The front racks are simple to remove, pull back the gasket and you will find screws. Remove the screws and the rack will come off. Now you will find one of two things, there will either be a retainer or there will not be. If there is, lucky you! use it to put the gasket back on. If not? Get out your cut-off tool and cut the shelves off, saving the "frame" to be used as the gasket retainer.

Are you planning on putting a beer tower on top? Or serving out of the front of the door?

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I would like to put a draft tower on top eventually, but right now i'll just use picnic taps to serve... just really wanted to get my homebrew in a fridge 0_0

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Ok, check this thread out:
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f35/mini...erator-110039/

Several guys have bent the freezer to the back of the fridge successfully. But to repeat myself and them: Don't kink or break the lines!

Good luck boss!

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OK, any tips about removing the door shelves but leaving the sealing strip?

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You have to remove it first and see what you have got. Like I said, there may be a metal frame, or you may have to cut the plastic shelves off to fashion a plastic frame. Either way there will need to be some retainer to hold the gasket in place

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OK, got the "flap" out easily, and took a little longer to move the thermostat (stupid screw...) but now I think all I need to do is bend the cooling line to the back. any tips on doing this and not kinking/breaking the lines? or just go slooowwww?

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Well, maybe read through that thread, but I didn't see anybody give specific advice on my glance-over. Have you ever worked with a tubing bender? I would suggest using a wooden dowel, or like 3/8" extension or something held under the tube while you bend the evaporator downwards. This should prevent kinking. Otherwise just cross your fingers; good luck!

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You have to remove it first and see what you have got. Like I said, there may be a metal frame, or you may have to cut the plastic shelves off to fashion a plastic frame. Either way there will need to be some retainer to hold the gasket in place
on 2 different model mini-fridges i've had very good success with taking a really strong utility knife and pretty much carving through the plastic on the shelving. then, it will peel off. you'll have to muscle it and it will be a messy job but after carving through it you don't risk pulling the gasket off.
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:12 PM   #10
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well guys, im pretty sure i just made a $45 paper weight... starting bending the coil, and a hissing noise comes out... immediately i go for the duct tape, but idk how that'll fare

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