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Old 01-15-2012, 04:26 AM   #1
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Just bought a freezer, I have a draft tower, and I'm going to Lowe's tomorrow to buy wood to build the collar. Does any one have on good advice on building the collar?

 
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:28 AM   #2
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This is the Perlick tower I plan on using.
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:32 AM   #3
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Do you need a collar to fit everything in the freezer? Most people do one or the other not both.
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:23 AM   #4
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I have a pretty big freezer - maybe 14 to 15 cf. I think I can fit everything in the freezer without building a collar. I was thinking that it will be a good substaight to attach the co2 manifold to.

You raise a good point though. If everything fits without a collar, I probably don't need to build one.

 
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Old 01-15-2012, 05:41 AM   #5
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I have a pretty big freezer - maybe 14 to 15 cf. I think I can fit everything in the freezer without building a collar. I was thinking that it will be a good substaight to attach the co2 manifold to.

You raise a good point though. If everything fits without a collar, I probably don't need to build one.
If you don't need the extra height, instead of a collar you can attach the manifold to a "sleeper" embedded in and epoxied to the lid insulation under the lid liner.




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Old 01-15-2012, 06:04 AM   #6
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That's a good idea! Do you have a fan that blows cold air into your tower?

 
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:27 AM   #7
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That's a good idea! Do you have a fan that blows cold air into your tower?
Yes, you can see it hanging behind the back row of kegs in the second picture. It looks like this up close:
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40mm 12V DC heat sink fan mounted in a plastic case, a shop vac transition piece (I think it's for 1.25" to 2" hoses) I picked up at Lowes stuck through a hole cut in the case half, then I heated up the end of a four foot piece of 1" ID vinyl hose and pushed it over the transition piece.

I stuffed the tube up into the tower column about half way and ran the beer lines around it. The column is insulated with neoprene and the faucet box is insulated with an inch and a half of foam. The whole thing works well enough to get the faucets to sweat during humid weather...

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Old 01-15-2012, 04:14 PM   #8
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This is my current plan...subject to change : )
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:16 PM   #9
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This is my current design...subject to change : )
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:51 PM   #10
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I took the lid off the freezer today. I decided to take all of the insulation out of the lid and replace it (it smelled bad). I may try to use the wiring for the internal light for a light on the surface of the top. I'm still thinking that I will not need to build a collar. If I need one later, I suppose I could add it. I just bought wood for the top today and my plan is to cut it tonight.
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