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Old 10-19-2011, 09:29 PM   #1
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So I am starting my Keezer build and have a few questions before I start cutting and building.

1) How long do the chest freezers usually last for? If I buy a 3-4 year one on CL is it worth it, or spend the extra 100 bucks or so and get a new one.
2) I have seen some people add a cooling or fan system on the outside of the freezer (Such as BBentley and Jester). Is this ultimately needed or just something extra people add as well.

That is all I have for now. I should be up and going shortly and will post pics as I go...



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Old 10-19-2011, 10:03 PM   #2
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Without trying to fuel a debate on if adding wood directly to the skin of a freezer hurts or helps or whatever... Most freezers will say in the specs how much space they require around the shell to allow for the heat to dissipate through the skin of the freezer. It is usually something like 3-4" on the front/sides and 2-3" on the back. I added the fans just because I am an engineer and tend to over-engineer everything. I left enough space to meet the requirement, but wanted fans too. Also, I had HOPED for another effect, but it didnt work out like I wanted. My fans all have red LEDs in them.. I had hoped for a red glow from behind the keezer (against the whtie wanes coating) to go along with my white rope light on the coffin. if you look closely at the colors in my room and the print behind the keezer you will see why..

On how long the freezer will last.. there is no way to really know. Some people will have a freezer last them 10+ years.. others will have them crap out the day after the warranty runs out. Best bet is to design it to where you can get the freezer out fairly easy in the event that you ever need to replace it.

Hope that helps.. look forward to seeing some build pictures!



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Thanks Bentley - The design I drew out was somewhat like yours. Was your outside frame done with 2x4??

I like the idea of the red fans for the light, I did the same with my computers and xbox I made. I could always add them later if I need the extra cooling. I found a 7.1 cu ft freezer, and I assume that they are all pretty similar in size, so if anything happens I will be able to swap it out with ease.

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There is a thread that was posted where the wood was attached directly to the skin of the freezer. It was a few years old and I can't find it, but if I remember correctly he attached 1/4 oak plywood to the freezer (with liquid nails or some other construction adhesive?). The quarter inch plywood is actually closer to 1/8...

The builder said that he researched the R factor and determined that it would not be a problem. He made an update post a couple of years after the build and said that it was still working fine. I'll try to find it...

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Thanks Bentley - The design I drew out was somewhat like yours. Was your outside frame done with 2x4??

I like the idea of the red fans for the light, I did the same with my computers and xbox I made. I could always add them later if I need the extra cooling. I found a 7.1 cu ft freezer, and I assume that they are all pretty similar in size, so if anything happens I will be able to swap it out with ease.
Yeah I just used 2x4s for the frame. Let me know if you have any questions, I am more than happy to pass along any knowledge I gained!
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So my update is depressing. I went to pick up a 9 cu ft I found on CL for $50. About 5 minutes to getting there the guy tells me he just sold it. Bummer!!! So now it's back on the lookout or might buy a new one. I know the 9 is what I want for the keg count and possibility of a carboy, so I may start building everything else till then....

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Well after a couple of heart breaks and problems, I decided to give in...

Bought a 9 Cu Ft Freezer last night from Lowes. It was $259, but after a coupon, my military discount (Got to love the double dip) and a gift card I got as a gift the other day, it was under $100, so I decided why the hell not. It is suppose to be here around 11am, so the building will start then.

I have a majority of the 2x4/2x6 and the oak board, so out of pocket right now shouldn't be that cheap.

I will upload some pictures later today and let everyone know how it is join....

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Can't wait to see the progress! If I can be of any help, please let me know. I went with a cabinet with a 4" gap around the front and sides of the freezer and left the back wide open. Out of fear of this thing overheating, I installed vents on both sides of the cabinet and a decorative brushed nickel vent across the front to allow any heat to escape. Not sure if it was necessary, but the thought of more wiring to install circulation fans for the cabinet was enough to help me make the decision. My thread is very long and drawn out, but some parts of it may be beneficial to you....it's in my signature line.

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Thanks Hop, I actually looked at your build and BBentley's a bunch to do my initial design and blueprint. I just finished the base and it has the 4" gap around the freezer to help prevent overheating.

Now I am pondering if I want to put a 6" collar on the freezer or not. If I don't the keezer itself should be around 40" heigh, just a little under the standard bar height. If I put the collar on, it will be around 45", just over. I am leaning towards the collar just so I could put a carboy on the hump and keep 4-5 kegs on the floor. Only reason I would do this is because I have only been brewing ales since I don't have a way to get the beer to lager temps, but now is the chance I guess. I just worry it may be too tall, but I am 6'4 so for me it doesn't seem that bad.

Will try and post some pics tonight if I can find my stupid cord to my camera. Most of my stuff is in boxes waiting for the move to Florida in a week

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I say if 45" height works for you, then go for it! It might actually be better that height than lower since you are 6'4". I'm sure you friends/family will learn to love whatever height you put it at fairly quickly! Can't wait to see pics and track your progress!



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