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Old 04-13-2009, 05:35 PM   #1
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Default Smallest usuable chest freezer

I'm looking for the smallest chest freezer that can hold a 6gal carboy. Ive seen a couple from the 5-6 cubic foot range that look like they would work with some slight modifications such as the 2x4 lip that people put around their keezers. This mod is fine for me as I may very well use this freezer as a keezer in the future. I'm concerned about the un-even bottom, it looks like the compressor takes up some of the space on smaller freezers. Anyone else use small chest freezers for temp control?


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Old 04-13-2009, 06:10 PM   #2
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I use a 5.3 cu. ft. Holiday freezer from Lowes, it fits a 6.5 gallon carboy just fine. I just bought it a couple weeks ago. Apparently Holiday is updating their product line because I got the last old model in the store for $75. I use a Johnson temp controller and it works great. Also, the collar you are talking about is not needed if you are just looking for a fermentation chamber.


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Old 04-14-2009, 04:02 PM   #3
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I saw those on lowes website, it looks like all the stores in my area are out of them now though so its a no go. I was going to use the collar only if the freezer wasnt deep enough. Most freezers this size are only 22-23 inches deep, I think i measured my carboy w/ airlock at a little over 24.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:12 PM   #4
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Most I have seen are 34" High and 24" wide.
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Old 04-14-2009, 04:49 PM   #5
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I use a 5.3 cu. ft. Holiday freezer from Lowes, it fits a 6.5 gallon carboy just fine. I just bought it a couple weeks ago. Apparently Holiday is updating their product line because I got the last old model in the store for $75. I use a Johnson temp controller and it works great. Also, the collar you are talking about is not needed if you are just looking for a fermentation chamber.
So a 6.5 gallon glass carboy will fit in that model without any mods? How about the airlock, is there clearance for that too?
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:04 AM   #6
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Yes, a 6.5 gallon carboy w/ airlock will fit without any modifications to the freezer. The depth measurement refers to the front to back measurement.
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5.0 GE from Best Buy, holds a carboy, no mods.

However, the 5.3 Holiday holds 3 cornies I think, so that is better if you might use it for those as well.
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Old 04-15-2009, 12:23 AM   #8
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5.0 GE from Best Buy, holds a carboy, no mods.

However, the 5.3 Holiday holds 3 cornies I think, so that is better if you might use it for those as well.
FYI on the NEW Holiday Freezers; I went to Lowe's the other day and they had the new models in. They no longer have the compressor hump in the corner but instead going across one side just like the other brands.
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Sweet, going to bestbuy tonight to pick up the GE, thanks everyone!
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OK, so I just got back from bestbuy with the frigidaire 5.0 and just so everyone knows... Neither a glass or betterbottle 6Gallon carboy will fit in the bottom, 5G fits perfect. Looks like its time for some mods! Maybe some fermcap drops?


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