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Old 09-01-2011, 10:58 AM   #11
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How well does your lid seal to the collar? Did you have any trouble aligning the lid hinges, etc. to ensure that the lid closed well on the wooden collar? Additionally, did you add some sort of weather stripping to the collar to help it seal?

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Old 09-01-2011, 11:48 AM   #12
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@ Aunt_Ester - ClaudiusB was correct, originally the intent was to set up a stout faucet. I can fit 8 five gallon kegs in the freezer and I considered making one mixed gas. I rarely drink stouts though so it has since ended up being my seasonal rotator with a standard tap.

@ sonvolt - I took my time to make sure everything was squared up well and flat. Initially I had purchased some caulk to put between the collar and freezer, but the fit was so snug (along with the 2" overlap) that there does not seem to be any trouble with cold air escaping. As far as the top is concerned, there is already a bit of stripping on it that works just fine. I did have to shim the hinges with a piece of excess lumber to make sure it is centered on the collar.

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Old 10-23-2011, 10:25 PM   #13
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@ Aunt_Ester - ClaudiusB was correct, originally the intent was to set up a stout faucet. I can fit 8 five gallon kegs in the freezer and I considered making one mixed gas. I rarely drink stouts though so it has since ended up being my seasonal rotator with a standard tap.

@ sonvolt - I took my time to make sure everything was squared up well and flat. Initially I had purchased some caulk to put between the collar and freezer, but the fit was so snug (along with the 2" overlap) that there does not seem to be any trouble with cold air escaping. As far as the top is concerned, there is already a bit of stripping on it that works just fine. I did have to shim the hinges with a piece of excess lumber to make sure it is centered on the collar.
Thank you for posting these pix and this how to. I followed it this weekend and came up with a nice looking keezer. I do have one question about the shim / lumber piece you used on the lid hinge as I am having a heck of a time keeping the bolts from pulling out of the lid when it closes (on one side only)

What I did was trace a rectangle of 1x10 scrap wood that matched up with the top hinge metal frame. Then I pre drilled this piece of wood and put in self tapping 1 1/4" hex head bolts that went thru the metal hinge frame, then through the wood and finally into the lid. Well it opened and closed a few times and then the hex heads are pulling out of the fridgadare lid but staying into the metal hinge frame and wood shim I made.

What did you do to solve this? Can you take a picture please of your top hinge soloution? I am at a loss here.

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Old 01-18-2012, 06:26 PM   #14
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I know it's been a few months, but I appreciate this thread. Is there any more info on how the hinge attachment was made with the shim?

Wayfarer? czmkid?

Thanks!

I like the look of this collar and I'll probably do something very similar. Probably do just a 1x6 and a 1x8 since I have a 5cf freezer and I don't want ot to look oddly shaped/proportioned.

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Old 01-18-2012, 07:28 PM   #15
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Haha, I went with an inexpensive solution for the drip trays. For the sizing that I needed, it would have cost upwards of $75 or so per tray. So I went with 14" stainless steel mud trays purchased at the hardware store. I attached them with magnets salvaged from hard drives. Total cost under $30.
Barproducts.com has a "stainless steel drip pan" that is 19.5" long and they sell it for $18.50. I bought one. It's nice and sturdy. Two piece design - a pan and a grate.
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