Originally Posted by doublesimcoe
I prefer collar because:
-lighter lid to lift when opening and closing for keg removal
-if you ever want to just use the freezer as a freezer the lid will have no holes in it
-cheaper than buying towers
but its all personal preferance.
Collars are not necessarily cheaper than towers...If you're building a collar then you have to buy the wood, method of binding it, stain or paint, insulation, and any other odds and ends to put it together.
All the parts you buy: Faucets, shanks, beer lines, disconnects, are all used regardless of setup. So when you look at the price you are really just paying about $30 for the tower shell and mounting hardware. Depending on what you have laying around, $30 is about what you will pay for the collar if you have to buy everything to make it.
A buddy of mine built a collar while I got a two faucet tower and built another two faucet tower. We both have 4 taps and the cost was actually about $10 cheaper for me.
I have seen many collar designed freezers that I thought looked cool as hell. But simply put, I prefer the tower because I don't like pouring at crotch level. Plus towers are not as likely to be bumped and accidentally opened.I do have to pull the freezer away from the wall to open it, but that's not really a headache or difficult.