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Old 01-30-2009, 09:24 PM   #1
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im looking at this fridge to convert into a kegorator ... will this work? has anyone used this fridge before?

Its a GE 4.3cu ft dorm fridge with a half size freezer. link below.

Walmart.com: GE 4.3 cu. ft. Compact Refrigerator, Black: Appliances

If this is not the way to go then what is?
what size is normaly used 4.3, 6.4 cu ft? whats a good cheap fiidge to convert?

 
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:31 PM   #2
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I would look in the classifieds for a free or cheap fridge. That one may be a little small seeing that it has the freezer, and for $125.00 you would be getting ripped off. If you are going to go with a new one go to lowes
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Old 01-30-2009, 09:37 PM   #3
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lowes? the cheapest fridge they have is $129 (online) and its only a 2.5 cu. ft.
please explain? or any other ideas?

i have been trying to find a used one but no luck , + i think a new one will probably look nicer
i want to find one for under 200 or its kinda pointless i might as well buy a pre-built setup.

 
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:10 PM   #4
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Just keep an eye on craigslist. Depending on where you live, you should see one that will work there, eventually.

I'm using a full sized fridge I got off there in the garage as a kegerator. It will hold six cornies. I paid $75 for it, but if I had waited, I could have gotten a better fridge cheaper.

 
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Old 01-30-2009, 10:22 PM   #5
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i had the older model of this GE fridge for my first kegerator. it was pretty much the same but mine had the regular size freezer. i had to bend the freezer part up in the middle to fit a single corny in the fridge.

after years of use it broke and i replaced it with this:

Walmart.com: Haier 4.6 cu. ft. Refrigerator and Freezer, Stainless Steel: Appliances

its $25 more than the GE, but its a litte bigger, and its stainless steal. you still have to bend the freezer up, which is always a risk, but i am able to squeeze 2 cornies in it (barely). it also has a reversable door, and the thing looks the balls.

for my conversion kit i got it from beveragefactory.com and am pretty happy with it. good luck !
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:17 PM   #6
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thanks for the link , i have been searching local classafied's and found a used 7.5 cu.ft chest freezer , for $75 and its only 2 years old , is it too much of a pain to get the tempature controler installed , nothing fancy the analog style turn dial one looks good enough to me as long as it gets me within 5*, but i dont know anything about installing one i have been searching for temp controlers and ranco's on ebay but dont know wich one to get. im trying to go for cheep here , but what should i be surching for?... i have electrical exp.
i can wire up anything ... a diagram is nice .. but i have a meter so i can figure out how it works

(just checking on all the prices , ideas , exc before i start building)

 
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Old 01-30-2009, 11:55 PM   #7
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wreckin ball , with your kegorator can you fit a poney keg in it? whats the max size of co2 tank that will fit?

 
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Old 02-01-2009, 02:29 AM   #8
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thanks for the link , i have been searching local classafied's and found a used 7.5 cu.ft chest freezer , for $75 and its only 2 years old , is it too much of a pain to get the tempature controler installed , nothing fancy the analog style turn dial one looks good enough to me as long as it gets me within 5*, but i dont know anything about installing one i have been searching for temp controlers and ranco's on ebay but dont know wich one to get. im trying to go for cheep here , but what should i be surching for?... i have electrical exp.
i can wire up anything ... a diagram is nice .. but i have a meter so i can figure out how it works

(just checking on all the prices , ideas , exc before i start building)
Is this going to be used for lagering or just storing/dispensing?

Look on ebay or craigslist for at true beverage t-stat. Pull the freezer t-stat cap line out of the sense tube and slide the TB stat cap line in. The electrical connection is probably exactly the same for both t-stats. This will be fine for storage/dispensing. (about an 8 deg. range)

I keep my Keezer/kegorator in an un heated garage so I need to heat as well as cool. I have an analog dual stage Johnson controls T-stat wired up with a 100watt lamp for heating and a season switch. (doesn't heat and cool, heats or cools)This quite a bit more work but definitely not uber difficult.
Again, Ebay is your friend!
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:05 PM   #9
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wreckin ball , with your kegorator can you fit a poney keg in it? whats the max size of co2 tank that will fit?

yeah i can fit a quarter barrel in it, sitting it atop the hump in the back that covers the compressor. ( you need to prop up the front of the keg to hold it there) but it works fine. i dont though, because i cut my sanke connector off the beer line and exclusively use it with cornies.

with the GE i was able to fit my 5 lb co2 tank in the fridge, because i could only get one corny in there. with the new Haier i can fit the two cornies, but because of that i had to drill a small hole and run the co2 line out the back and keep my gas tank outside of the fridge.
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Old 02-02-2009, 11:10 PM   #10
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Used for dispensing only.

Thanks for all your help , is this a tstat controler? or will it work. to controle the chest freesers temp?


HONEYWELL REMOTE BULB TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER T675A 1565 - eBay (item 260353216820 end time Feb-03-09 06:33:33 PST)

also , my tower only has 1 tap so , 1 corney at a time would be fine.

 
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