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Old 05-23-2009, 02:51 PM   #11
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I am currently on the hunt for a dedicate little fridge to turn into a kegerator and just found a magic chef 4.4 that I would be interested in modifying. If not through the door, what about going through the side of the fridge? I am interested because I just want to have my beer on tap and cold, while not taking up any more space than needed.
The side is probably bad news because they contain coolant lines.


How much extra room do you need to fit the keg? If you only need 1" or so unscrew the freezer from the sides, push it up to the top, and then just use a good all weather tape to tape it up to the top of the fridge. Example:

 
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Old 05-23-2009, 06:03 PM   #12
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I measured out 1 1/2" that I need. I am thinking that I will just bend the front up so that I can fit my corny in, but I really really don't want it to break the coolant line.
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Old 05-23-2009, 10:02 PM   #13
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My coolant tray bent down fine. Having cold tubes would be a bad idea. Let the fridge warm up for a day or two and then bend them down. I did it with an older fridge.

 
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Old 07-21-2009, 12:17 AM   #14
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Matt, did you do this?

 
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:08 AM   #15
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I also let the fridge warm up for a few days before bending the lines and everything worked out A OK. Take your time and you should be fine.
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Old 07-21-2009, 01:49 AM   #16
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Guys dont forget that coolant lines are not the only ones in a fridge. There are also hot lines around the outside of the fridge to release the heat (sometimes they are on the back, usually with mini fridges they are inside the shell). Make sure to use the cornstarch and vodka test to see where they are before you drill into your fridge!!!!
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:36 PM   #17
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I did accomplish my bend and it works fine, although it does kinda freeze up. Keeps a nice 40 degrees though and that is where I wanted it. I am about to think about starting to be able to put the C02 lines through the side since I have a 20lb C02 tanks. I can only really fit one keg at a time. Which works, but I would love to be able to get two or three in there, so I might search a free fridge on craigslist to try and jimmy.
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Old 12-09-2009, 04:46 PM   #18
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I ahve the same fridge/freezer and folded the freezer tray down without any problems. It had been sitting unplugged for a long time, so I wouldn't recommend bending it while cold.

I'm planning on drilling the top today, has anyone run into any coils? I plugged it in and the sides felt warm, but nowhere on the top felt warm. Corn starch test was a big fail, but maybe thats' cause there's no coils on the top?

 
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Old 01-20-2010, 08:54 PM   #19
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This write up is very good at detailing where to drill holes and how to make sure you don't damage lines

http://www.instructables.com/id/Kege...compact-fridg/

 
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Old 01-21-2010, 03:59 AM   #20
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I just bent my freezer compartment down last night. The fridge was off for a few weeks though, and I also used the shaft of a screwdriver to support the lines while bending to keep from kinking.

As far as drilling through the fridge, I think I will build a collar similar to what TeufelBrew did, and drill through the wood instead of the actual fridge.

 
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