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Old 02-03-2010, 08:01 PM   #1
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This is probably a stupid question, but how do you regulate the temp. on a chest freezer to use it for kegs? Can you just set a temp. for above freezing, or is there something you have to do to it so it works like a fridge?I found one on sale, but I wanted to know if I needed anything else to start. Thanks!!



 
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:07 PM   #2
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you have to buy an external thermostat. The chest freezer on it's warmest setting is too cold. It's a freezer

Popular optionsa round here are Ranco, Johnson A419, and LOVE.
You can find pre-wired version for Ranco's and Johnsons to you just plug it into a wall and plug your freezer into and set your temperature. The Love gives you a much smaller package. Nice for Aesthetics on something like a keezer.


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Old 02-03-2010, 08:09 PM   #3
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You'll need a temperature controller. They can range from very inexpensive analog units, like the $36 unit from www.chicompany.net, up to very complex programmable PIDs with learning capabilities. They all basically do the same thing in this application though, turn power to your freezer on and off in order to hold a specified temperature. Hope that helps.

 
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:11 PM   #4
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get one of these babies. http://www.rancoetc.com/ranco-etc111...ller-p-86.html

they work great for chest freezer conversions. well that's my opinion, only because I am using one for mine.

 
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:23 PM   #5
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$$ and aesthetics are the the determining factors in buying a controller. My keezer will be in my basement crawl space. I don't care what it looks like as long as it keeps the kegs cold so I went as cheap as possible...

 
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:29 PM   #6
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Thanks for the quick replies.
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Old 02-03-2010, 11:20 PM   #7
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I'll ditto the Ranco-111xxx controllers. I've got two of them.
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I have an analog johnson controller and one of the cheapies from chicompany. both work very well. The johnson is a lot smaller though, and easier to hide if that matters to you.



 
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