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Old 02-02-2012, 07:19 PM   #11
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Looks awesome! And congrats on the coming kid!

My $0.02 - you may need to add some insulation to that pig. It looks like it doesn't have much if any. Insulation will help your mini fridge guts chill all that thermal mass with out over working.
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:00 PM   #12
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My $0.02 - you may need to add some insulation to that pig. It looks like it doesn't have much if any. Insulation will help your mini fridge guts chill all that thermal mass with out over working.
You're right. Now its just a steel shell. I plan on getting some of the pink foam board from home depot and lining it with a couple layers.
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Old 02-04-2012, 04:35 PM   #13
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I bought my mini fridge yesterday and tore it apart today. I'm hoping to post a full tutorial of it in a day or two.
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Old 02-17-2012, 06:13 AM   #14
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I bought my mini fridge yesterday and tore it apart today. I'm hoping to post a full tutorial of it in a day or two.
Anything yet?
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Old 03-10-2012, 07:37 PM   #15
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Thanks for posting. I am definitely looking forward to your tutorial posts. I have been keeping an eye out for an antique wooden icebox for a while to do the same thing.

 
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Old 03-10-2012, 11:24 PM   #16
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Very nice here is my vintage kegerator.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f51/vint...erator-282345/
I actually think your fridge is from the 30's most of the 40's were rounded like mine. The 30's were more boxy. I gutted mine, re insulated it and had to replace the guts with mini fridge guts. My only suggestion is to find an older mini fridge with the cooling condenser fins on the back. It will be hard to remove all the lines from whe walls of a newer style mini fridge.

 
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Old 03-11-2012, 03:45 AM   #17
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So I finally got around to writing up the post about taking apart the mini fridge. While brewing one Saturday, I took some time and separated the internals from the useless (to me at least) outer shell.



It was a lot easier than I had anticipated, all that was required to take this apart were a screwdriver (or drill), a hammer, a clamp, and a couple blocks of wood. The key was to do it slowly and work in small sections. In order to make it a bit easier to work with, I removed the door from the fridge.



The next thing I did was remove the steel shell from the insulation and disconnect the compressor from the frame.



Next, I took out the freezer compartment that will distribute the cooled freon inside the kegerator.



After that, I took had to peel away some styrofoam to get the cooling lines out. At that point, the guts of the fridge were completely removed.





The last thing I did was flatten out the freezer compartments with some clamps and blocks of wood so it will fit up against the wall for my build.



Like I said, if you're planning on doing this yourself, just take your time. I was terrified that I would nick a freon line and my $50 purchase would be a lump of trash, but just checking what I was taking apart along the way really helped. All in all, this took me about 45 minutes from start to finish. While my single hop additional beer was boiling was a perfect time.
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Old 03-11-2012, 04:00 AM   #18
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Cool build!

 
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:08 PM   #19
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Any updates on your build?

 
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Old 09-27-2012, 05:54 AM   #20
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