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Old 11-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #1
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Soon, I will be upgrading my kegerator to a newer refrigerator. The bottom shelf in the new fridge (shown below) is made of tempered glass in a metal frame over two drawers. My question is, will this shelf be strong enough to support 4 kegs and a 10# CO2 tank?

Because of my brewing schedule it is unlikely that all 4 kegs will be full at the same time; one or more of them will probably be half empty or more. Still, I sometimes do have all 4 kegs running at once so the shelf needs to be sturdy enough to handle that.

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:18 AM   #2
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I would probably replace it with a sheet of sealed plywood if possible. Not worth the risk.

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Old 11-04-2012, 02:20 AM   #3
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probably not. i had the same setup in my refrigerator, and i pulled it out and replaced it with a plywood setup with plenty of legs in front to compensate for the hump
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:26 PM   #4
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Yeah, make a plywood shelf

 
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Old 11-04-2012, 01:29 PM   #5
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probably not. i had the same setup in my refrigerator, and i pulled it out and replaced it with a plywood setup with plenty of legs in front to compensate for the hump
Yes, me too. I added some 2x4 "legs" to the sides and front and replaced the shelf with plywood. I still use under the shelf for storage but I removed the drawers.
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Old 11-04-2012, 07:40 PM   #6
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I use that shelf in lagering fridge but added an aluminum center support
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Old 11-04-2012, 09:06 PM   #7
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I used the same shelf, but added a full piece of 1/2" plywood to the top along with 2 - 2X4 legs in front on each side, similiar to what Yooper said, HOWEVER...I didn't replace the shelf, I just used the wood to add stability. I use it for my ferm chamber & last time I brewed 3 batches at once. It supported 3 full glass carboys with no signs of weakness. I would never have considered testing it without added stability though.

 
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:21 AM   #8
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Thanks everyone. It seems prudent to at least replace the glass with plywood. I would like to keep the drawers if I can, but I'll take them out and add support legs if it seems necessary. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 11-05-2012, 12:57 PM   #9
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Apparently no one ever tried it because mine will hold 4 full kegs and a 10# co2 bottle with no problem. Has been for 3 years.
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Apparently no one ever tried it because mine will hold 4 full kegs and a 10# co2 bottle with no problem. Has been for 3 years.
No tried with 4 5gallon carboys I just didn't like the bow I was getting so welded a square to fit in between the shelfs for center support better safe then sorry Murphy's Law
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