Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > DIY Projects > Fermenters > Repurposing a Chest Freezer
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 05-06-2009, 04:10 PM   #1
LooyvilleLarry
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Louisville,KY
Posts: 988
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default Repurposing a Chest Freezer

I have a chest freezer that SWMBO has deemed unfit to be part of the household. It is functional and being used as a fermenter (with temp control), but survived a fire, so it ain't purty

It has been granted a 4 week reprieve while I finish the work in the garage/workshop, but has to move.

I have a dry crawl space with plastic, that will fit the height of the freezer, but couldn't open the top to get things in and out.

I was thinking a couple of things:
1. Dismantle, using care, and make a Son of Fermentation chamber.
2. Create a drop down door on the front of it.
3. Camouflage it as a table saw

Anyone ever ripped one of these apart?


LooyvilleLarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 04:17 PM   #2
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 52,942
Liked 6056 Times on 5221 Posts
Likes Given: 81

Default

Did it melt? Or, is it just simply smoke charred and a bit flame broiled?

If the latter PAINT IT! Heavy on the killz (I am thinking Oil based) and give it a Full Monty Chalkboard treatment.


GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 04:19 PM   #3
ClutchDude
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Austin, TX
Posts: 421
Liked 4 Times on 3 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Yikes!

I used the excuse of "But it makes such a great work table..." for a little bit. SWMBO was not amused.

I'd modify the top of the keezer, since there is nothing that can be hurt by your cutting. Perhaps modify the door in some fashion.

Pictures?
__________________

Landed In Texas.
Primary 1: Blonde?(9/14/2013)
Primary 2: Empty
Sanke madness!
Sanke Spiral Ring Installing, Sanke Coupler diassembly, Keggle Heatshield, Sanke fitting to Soda kegs
ClutchDude is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 04:32 PM   #4
LooyvilleLarry
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Louisville,KY
Posts: 988
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by GilaMinumBeer View Post
Did it melt? Or, is it just simply smoke charred and a bit flame broiled?

If the latter PAINT IT! Heavy on the killz (I am thinking Oil based) and give it a Full Monty Chalkboard treatment.
Just charred and ugly. The real problem is SPACE. I use my 2/3 of a 1 car for my Woodshop/Brewcenter/Storage of my crap. SWMBO was kind enough to store the new frigde/freezer (I got the fridge for kegs, she got the freezer ) on here 1/3.
LooyvilleLarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 04:35 PM   #5
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 52,942
Liked 6056 Times on 5221 Posts
Likes Given: 81

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lrr81765 View Post
Just charred and ugly. The real problem is SPACE. I use my 2/3 of a 1 car for my Woodshop/Brewcenter/Storage of my crap. SWMBO was kind enough to store the new frigde/freezer (I got the fridge for kegs, she got the freezer ) on here 1/3.
I am not saying this is the best solution but, I know lots of fellers who keep their freezers outside set atop blocks to keep the bottom from rusting out.
GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 05:03 PM   #6
LooyvilleLarry
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Louisville,KY
Posts: 988
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts
Likes Given: 2

Default

Yeah Gila, I tried that one - see below. Hell, I even thought about using some brick laminate to make it blend into the house

Quote:
Originally Posted by lrr81765 View Post
... SWMBO has deemed unfit to be part of the household.

LooyvilleLarry is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 05:08 PM   #7
conpewter
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
conpewter's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: East Dundee, Illinois
Posts: 5,159
Liked 45 Times on 40 Posts
Likes Given: 13

Default

It will be hard to modify since the heating and cooling lines run through all the walls of the freezer. Your best bet may be to take out the compressor carefully and turn the rest of the unit on it's side. Keep the compressor upright though and make sure that it is below the rest of the unit. I'm not positive this will work.
__________________
"People should not be afraid of their governments. Governments should be afraid of their people." - V

Primary: Nothin
Secondary: Shady Lord RIS, Water to Barleywine, Pumpkin wine, burnt mead
Kegged: Crappy infected mild
Bottles: Apfelwein, 999 Barleywine, Oatmeal Stout, Robust Porter, Robust smoked porter, Simcoe Smash
conpewter is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:34 PM   #8
cyberbackpacker
HBT_SUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 5 reviews
 
cyberbackpacker's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Holland, Michigan
Posts: 1,548
Liked 26 Times on 21 Posts
Likes Given: 16

Default

Put it on casters, and then you can slide it in and out of your crawlspace as needed.
__________________
-Kevin
cyberbackpacker

Trinke Das Bier Das Du Gebraut Hast
cyberbackpacker is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 08:38 PM   #9
IrregularPulse
Hobby Collector
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
IrregularPulse's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Nov 2007
Posts: 46,696
Liked 3028 Times on 2934 Posts
Likes Given: 149

Default

Put it on craigslist FT for a mini fridge that your can open in the front and still hold 2 kegs.
__________________
Tap Room Hobo

I should have stuck to four fingers in Vegas. :o - marubozo's mom
IrregularPulse is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Old 05-06-2009, 09:03 PM   #10
GilaMinumBeer
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
GilaMinumBeer's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Posts: 52,942
Liked 6056 Times on 5221 Posts
Likes Given: 81

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by lrr81765 View Post
Yeah Gila, I tried that one - see below. Hell, I even thought about using some brick laminate to make it blend into the house
Okay. So she called checkmate and holds the keys to the chastidy belt. I get that.

Wife tells me all the time that I am unfit to be part of the household too, til' something breaks, squeaks, or squirts and then, suddenly, I am a GOD again.

Mine says she sick of all my sh!t in the garage too and I reply, "so when should I have the shed delivered". Miraculously, the garage isn't as much of a problem to her.


GilaMinumBeer is offline
 
Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
$161 5 cu. ft. chest freezer abracadabra Equipment/Sanitation 15 08-20-2008 09:33 AM
Should I get a Chest Freezer?? Sherpa FE Equipment/Sanitation 6 03-10-2008 01:29 PM
15.7 cu ft chest freezer Jah Equipment/Sanitation 4 02-26-2008 01:23 AM
Is a 5 cu. ft. chest freezer big enough? joebou4860 Equipment/Sanitation 10 05-04-2007 02:01 AM
Chest Freezer DesertBrew Equipment/Sanitation 10 04-19-2007 03:08 AM


Forum Jump

Newest Threads

LATEST SPONSOR DEALS