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Old 03-23-2012, 02:49 PM   #1
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I want to make a fermenter/cooler out of one of those antique style iceboxes. If i cant find one cheap enough I am going to build myself. I have been looking at designs anyone do this? I like the 3 door style and I will install mini fridge guts to cool... I did a search came up with nothing.


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Old 03-23-2012, 03:07 PM   #2
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Are you talking about a wooden ice box, like this: http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=187?

I think it's a great idea in theory. It would look fantastic. You just need to insulate with rigid foam and put gaskets on all the doors. Using the guts of an old mini-fridge won't be easy, but I think it's doable. I would actually recommend making your own icebox from scratch to make this part easier. You can integrate the insulation and cooling as you build and assemble, rather than having to retrofit an existing icebox.

My only concern is the interior size. Would you use it for a beer fridge? Or are you going to try to stuff carboys in there? Not sure if you can fit more than one if going with the 3-door design. You could always make the left side be one large door that looks like two separate doors. Then you could probably size it to hold two carboys.

Also, the "Similar Threads" below look like they have some ideas you can consider.


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Old 03-23-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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Im pretty handy , I can build from a picture . I want 2 carboys on the big door side and store bottled beer and wine on the other.. the hardest part will be the patina ,I want it to look old.... I think 2 carboys will stack on the big side 40"wide 48'' tall by 20" deep is what im thinking
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:47 PM   #4
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like this
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Old 03-23-2012, 03:54 PM   #5
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Some cabinets i built plus a pretty fancy out-house
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Old 03-23-2012, 08:01 PM   #6
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How do you determine how much insulation ,1-1/2" seem like to much I am thinking 1" poly with either a sheetmetal or FRP covering on the inside. I know more is better but you lose alot of room
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Old 03-26-2012, 02:39 PM   #7
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Ok well I started going to copy the one in the pics, only got to work 1/2 day on sunday . But I got the sides made , red oak is expensive probably could by one for $500 and come out even, just could not find one locally on short notice
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I really want to see this done. It's a cool idea.
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My wife would totally let me keep this in the house instead of having to hide it in the garage. Please do continue, sir
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I like your idea and want to follow your steps in doing this. This could be furniture quality.


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