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Old 12-08-2012, 11:52 AM   #31
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Like I said...I'm missing the obvious! That would be a pretty big holesaw, but that would definitely be the easiest
I picked up a 3inch ran 12tap line through a PVC pipe into coffin cut 2 other holes for push/pull fans dremel cut a slot through the sidewall of the lid and ran14 gas lines inside (I have 14, 5 gallon and 2, 3gallon kegs cold and conditioning)
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Old 12-08-2012, 11:09 PM   #32
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Man alive! This defnitely needs to be added to the Coffin Keezer list(if it isn't already). I've been slowly gathering materials to build my own and this IS going to be my source of inspiration. Thanks VegasJ!

Also, with the stone tile in place, about how much do you really think that lid weighs? Did you have to add any extra support for it?
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I'd say the lid weighs about 100lbs or so.

No extra support really, it was 1/2" plywood with the 1/4" tile backer board then the tile. I used a tile adhesive instead of mixing mortar. When I get inside I just leave the lid rest on my shoulder while I grab or work on what I need in there. Easy for me at 6'-1" & 290lbs.

I don't plan on lifting the lid except to swap kegs. I might even run my air lines out to the back through 1/2" holes in the 2x4 lid frame... that way my tanks are outside, so I really won't be lifting the lid for anything except to swap kegs.
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Old 12-09-2012, 12:49 AM   #33
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Old 12-09-2012, 09:21 PM   #34
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Hey! Great job! Definitely going to use this as my base for my keezer.

Can you take a picture with the lid open? My only confusion (well as far as a keezer build) is that I don't know how the top closes/seals.

thanks!
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:12 PM   #35
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Unless the OP did something significantly different from most coffin keezers, the seal is made by the original freezer lid, that just has the wood lid with tile or whaetever else on it bolted to it.
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Old 12-12-2012, 02:15 PM   #36
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Nevermind I just saw that he replaced the freezer lid with his own.
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Does the fabricated lid/top bear against something besides the foam insulation? Seems like after a short time, the weight of the lid would compress the insulation and cause the lid to start drooping toward the front while being held at the original height in back by the hinges. Maybe the wood bears on some wood from the cosmetic skirting frame?
Just didn't see a great picture of how the lid interacts with the chest to seal and bear that weight.
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Nothing. I'm sure the weight is compressing the rubber stripping.

It has sat closed for a week now, I'll be lifting the lid to hook up 2 kegs that I've brewed up & will check the rubber surround to see how bad it ahs compressed or if it still has sponginess left.

It was more a rubberized foam than just foam though.

When I put the kegs in perogi I'll get a pic.

Jeebas - The freezer lid is in my basement. I fabbed a new lid out of 2x4s on edge then covered that with an over-sized piece of 1/2" plywood & attached it to the freezer bottom using the original hinges
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Hey! Great job! Definitely going to use this as my base for my keezer.

Can you take a picture with the lid open? My only confusion (well as far as a keezer build) is that I don't know how the top closes/seals.

thanks!
Hey Perogi! Good to see you have made it out to other places!


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I really like the way this keezer turned out. When (future planning) I build mine I will more than likely follow your lead on not using the original lid. Better to keep the thing in as 'stock' condition as possible.
What about using some type of gas strut to assist in opening the lid? Like the kind that lift back hatches of mini vans or SUV's. I once saw a Keezer build here on HBT where a guy had done just that. He ended up having to chain the keezer down in back because they would heave the keezer up in back.
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I thought about that, a gas shock or something like on the back of a SUVs hatch... I'm fine with holding it open for now.

I really don't wish to be in and out of it except to connect a new keg!

Here's a lid pic & the back. I moved the Co2 & 25/75 mix tank to the back, put 2 holes for the air lines & siliconed them up. The back and underside of the lid aren't pretty... but it works.






and to answer the earlier question about something to keep the foam surround from compressing... I'll be leaving it alone right now. It is compressed but still leaving about 1/4-1/2" before sitting down all the way. Just making a tighter seal imo.


Final - w/drip tray!





Reason: added final pics - drip tray came in!
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