Has anyone broken one of these down before? I have a 12 bottle version that I'm looking to use the cooling aspect of to make a beer cooler/chiller with. My plan is to use either use the guts from the wine cellar, or remove the door and have it connected to the main assembly. If I rip the guts of it out, and it will work, I want to build it into an insulated box, with taps on it, that I can use to dispense more home brew.
I intend to put this in the basement, where the finished room is right about 52-54F. Even in the summer, I believe that room won't get above about 60-65F. Which means, the TEC aspect of this should
be able to maintain a ~40F environment inside the box.
Right now, the unit is at a friends house. Once it's here I'll have to see what's involved in removing the housing on it. Unless someone has already done this and has some tips/tricks. Before you say it, I did search already, doesn't come back with any hits here.
Surprised me that no one has posted about it yet (or the search just didn't see it).
I figure either 1" or 2" rigid insulation should be good to line the box with. I just want enough room for a few kegs at a time. I might even make it tall enough to hold two levels of 3 gallon kegs. I could have ones in the bottom carbonating, while pulling from the top set (or the other way around). I can see putting bigger brews (like my 12.5% wee heavy) in this kind of setup. Especially since I probably won't be drinking it very fast.