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Old 11-20-2007, 03:21 AM   #1
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The Canadian Tire in my area no longer carries the Sylvania mini-fridge but they have replaced it with the slightly smaller Salton version.

The interior dimensions were virtually identical (with the depth and width being about 1" smaller on the Salton)... unfortunately that size difference meant that two cornies would not fit without some modification...

Unmodified interior:



So my plan was to shave off the 'ridges' on the side walls:

The 'ridges'


Post-grinding (simply used a power drill with grinding stone...took roughly 45 minutes to do both sides)

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Old 11-20-2007, 03:21 AM   #2
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Like the Sylvania the door on the Salton required modification...for this I used a utility knife to cut off the plastic shelves and drink holder...only took a few minutes and left me with a secure plastic border that I used to attach the rubber seal to the frame:

Unmodified door:


Modified door:



After grinding the ridges and cutting the door the fridge was large enough to hold both corny kegs with a 10lb tank:






In total it took me a few hours to complete the project; all works well and the fridge stays at about 8* with two kegs and the tank.

My next project is to find a two tap tower and drill some holes using the copper piping method (cooper pipes keep the lines cool).

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Old 11-20-2007, 04:19 AM   #3
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Woot! Nice mod there.

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Old 11-21-2007, 02:16 AM   #4
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Just wanted to chime in on your Salton Conversion OCB tilly.

Thats coming along nicely

If you have any inquiries sourcing materials on a BM DIY tower or Predone tower let me know.

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Old 11-21-2007, 03:27 AM   #6
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Nice job on the conversion! That'll look great once you get a tower on top, but as long as the beer is flowing who cares eh?!
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Just wanted to chime in on your Salton Conversion OCB tilly.

Thats coming along nicely

If you have any inquiries sourcing materials on a BM DIY tower or Predone tower let me know.

BeerCanuck

Sounds good, going to check the basement of the brewery and see if I can scrounge a tower and tap....seem to remember seeing one down there....

If that fails BM's DIY tower looks great so I'd probably do that....
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Old 12-15-2007, 03:31 AM   #7
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UPDATE

Just received an email about this conversion....here are the questions:

How did you take off the top of the fridge?
Did you have any problems drilling through the top?
Where are the hot sidecoils?


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Taking off the top, ah yes! forgot to mention that in the post....

Well anyways, I was worried that the top was screwed into the frame, but it's not. It's just glue. Start at one corner and pull up....use some force....it might feel like it's going to break, and it will sound like it's breaking but that's just the glue separating.......slowly work your way around the top and all will be well, there's nothing under the top that can break.

I haven't had a chance to drill through the top but I'm almost positive the cooling coils are not up there...once you pop off the top you'll see that there is only foam underneath, so if you're really worried about the cooling lines just poke around the foam with a narrow pin and make sure they aren't on top....

Does that make sense?
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Nice works OCB tilly
I completed a second Sylvania conversion recently for my beer brewing buddy using a pre-manufactured tower;

Using Bradsuls PVC Tower Cooling Solution idea made it a simple tower installation.

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what are the dimensions of your mini fridge? I have a GE I would like to convert and dont know if it is big enough.

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what are the dimensions of your mini fridge? I have a GE I would like to convert and dont know if it is big enough.
Sorry for not getting back to you any quicker, but I'll go get them right now....

EDIT:

Ok here they are:

Front floor to beginning of hump in back - a tad under 10.5"
Side to side before modification: 16"
Side to side after modification: 17"
Floor to top: 29"
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