Hey all, first off I want to say thank you to everyone who has posted their bar builds on here. Without your help I would be lost in the water when it came to this project.
To the bar:
I bought our house a few months ago, and wanted to turn the game room into a bar/mancave area. I had two Frigidaire Mini Fridges that I wanted to incorporate. Unfortunately, I wanted the capability of putting multiple kegs, and/or full size commercial kegs under the bar. I came here and saw the threads by -TH-
and others and decided I would take on the task.
The overall bar measures approximately 7 foot long by 6 foot deep. After many nights (and days) visiting/testing various bars I decided to have the bar height set at 41 inches. All of this was SWMBO approved of course. The top bar will be blue-tiled and trimmed with epay hardwood. I havent decided what the bottom bar will be made of. Possible a simple countertop material that is easy to clean/maintain. The front and sides will be corrugated galvanized roofing material.
I took the door of the fridge, used 2 inch foam insulation board to construct the cold box, caulked and aluminum taped the whole thing to prevent air leaks, and added some FRP paneling from Lowes. I got lucky that the framing job I did for the bar gave me a good compression fitting so the cold box is essentially "stuck" to the fridge. Did some test runs with a full keg of water and some bottles and it hit 32 degrees last night. Now all I have to do is add the tap tower permanently!
Heres some pics. I didnt take any until most of the framing was up, but it should tell the story I think. If anyone has any questions or wants to see more detailed pictures, I am more than happy to help!
Here is most of the framing for the bottom bar complete, as well as some of the cold box.
I glued all edges with titelock paneled adhesive and sealed them with 100% weatherproof silicone. The second fridge will go in the top right where the 1/4 keg is sitting.
The door does not hold closed by itself. For now I am just using this wood clamp to hold it shut against some rubber foam stripping I installed along the perimeter of the door seal. I tried screwing around with sheet metal and allowing the manufacturers magnetic seal, but I couldnt get it perfect and there would be air leaks. I am thinking of some sort of latch that is simple to open and close. Does anyone have any ideas?
Should be able to fit up to 5-6 cornies, multiple quarterbarrels, a full keg, or some combination. Right now its holding water in my carboy, corny, and a case of bells variety that my little beer distributor down the street just got in!
Heres an overview shot. I will try to keep taking pics as this build progresses!