I have been hanging around here for a while following several threads related to building kegerators, keezers, and fermentation chambers. I have been inspired by all of them to plan my own. I have a basic plan that I would like some feedback on before I go off spending money on materials and a lot of time putting it together. As we say in the Marine Corps, no plan will survive first contact (with the enemy). Here, the enemy is my lack of experience and Mr. Murphy. All that is to say that I hope I can learn from the collective knowledge here and make adjustments before getting into the build.
First, my goal is to create a nice looking piece that SWMBO will let me keep in the house since we don't have a garage or basement. That means she has to look at it approvingly and not be embarrassed when folks come over. I want to be able to control temperature for ale fermentation and also be able to store and serve two kegs.
My wife and I both love antique and rustic type furniture, so I thought about converting an antique icebox like one of these:
After doing some research, I concluded that it was not feasible for me to go that route for several reasons. 1. Iceboxes are super expensive and hard to find; 2. The ones I could find are not great dimensions to work with; and 3. I would have to pour in lots of money and work to insulate it, tear apart old fridges, try to integrate the "guts" into the icebox, and surely screw it up.
So I decided to do what a lot of you have done with freezers and create a facade or box and put two mini fridges inside (one for fermenter and one for kegs). I thought I would plan it out on sketchup to try and get an idea of the finished product. Here is a view from the front:
Basically it is a facade that looks like a vintage icebox. The tap will be in the top left cabinet door that will have glass instead of a panel, to accentuate the tap. It will actually be a two-tap tower, despite my drawing just showing one tap. The whole thing will be on casters to roll away and expose the rear which will look like this:
You can see there is a backing on the top, but the bottom will be open to access the mini fridge doors.
Here is another view of the back with the panel removed to expose the interior of the upper half:
So, like I said up top, I am pretty inexperienced with this stuff, so I want to throw my plans out here for critique before I rush off to invest a bunch of resources in this project. What do ya'll think? Ideas, questions, concerns?
Thanks in advance,