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Old 02-12-2008, 05:57 PM   #1
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I am not a kegger (yet?) but am looking at freezers on craigslist and such.

Currently I see an upright freezer listed.

Is an upright useful at all?

I was thinking lagering chamber..?


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Old 02-12-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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It's just as good (perhaps not as roomy or efficient) as a chest freezer. With a johnson or ranco temp controller you can use it as either a lagerator or a keggerator



 
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Old 02-12-2008, 06:55 PM   #3
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On some upright freezers the shelves are not movable.

 
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:08 PM   #4
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I've got an upright that I use as a kegerator. You do have to shop around to find one that will work and is big enough. Mine is 20cf and can hold 10 cornies. I have five tapped and five conditioning in it. Smaller uprights would make a nice fermentation fridge if you get a conical. If you are wanting to hold lots of cornies, though, chest freezers are usually cheaper and easier to find.
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:25 PM   #5
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On some upright freezers the shelves are not movable.
That's my first thought as well, that the cooling elements are often integrated into the shelves.

The other issue with an upright is that the cold air inside will "fall" out every time the door is opened, making it harder to maintain your temperature. Of course this isn't a problem with a chest freezer.

So yeah, it can still be useful, just be aware of the limitations.


 
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Old 02-12-2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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That's my first thought as well, that the cooling elements are often integrated into the shelves.
The shelves can usually be carefully bent out of the way. The previous owners of my last house left an old working upright freezer in the basement, and I did just that (after asking here at HBT if anyone had a similar experience...several did). Worked fine as a kegerator with some additional storage space for yeats, etc.

I wouldn't go out of my way to get one (as others have mentioned, chest freezers are better for a lot of reasons). But if you get a good deal, it's workable.
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Hmm, interesting.

Anybody got a pic of what Bike-N-Brew describes..?
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Hmm, interesting.

Anybody got a pic of what Bike-N-Brew describes..?
I had a few back when I did it, but I seem to have deleted them... I mean, why would I ever need THOSE again
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chest freezer pros:

1. Doesn't lose cold air when opened
2. a 20' chest may hold more cornies than a 20' upright
3. more common / easier to find
4. May be cheaper

chest freezer cons

1. a 20' chest take up considerably more floorspace than a 20' or larger upright
2. more difficult to lift carboys or cornies into and out of
3. more extensive modifications needed for kegerator ( needs a collar)

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upright pros

1. easier to put stuff in and take stuff out
2. takes up less floor space
(a 25' upright take up no more floor space than an 8' chest)
3. easier to modify for kegerator (no collar to build)

upright cons

1. loses cold air when opened
( this can be partially offset by having the freezer fully loaded thereby increasing the thermal mass and also making less air available to fall out and / or installing a slotted plastic curtian behind the door.
2. may be be harder to find
3. may hold less than a comparible sized chest
4. may be more expensive

others may want to add to the list but this may help you make a decision.
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Old 02-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #10
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chest freezer pros:

1. Doesn't lose cold air when opened
2. a 20' chest may hold more cornies than a 20' upright
3. more common / easier to find

chest freezer cons

1. a 20' chest take up considerably more floorspace than a 20' or larger upright
2. more difficult to lift carboys or cornies into and out of
3. more extensive modifications needed for kegerator ( needs a collar)

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upright pros

1. easier to put stuff in and take stuff out
2. takes up less floor space
(a 25' upright take up no more floor space than an 8' chest)
3. easier to modify for kegerator (no collar to build)

upright cons

1. loses cold air when opened
( this can be partially offset by having the freezer fully loaded thereby increasing the thermal mass and also making less air available to fall out and / or installing a slotted plastic curtian behind the door.
2. maybe be harder to find
3. may hold less than a comparible sized chest

others may want to add to the list but this may help you make a decision.
Goodness a 20' freezer hold alot of stuff haha.
I was wondering if it would be possible to lay the upright on its back to make it a chest freezer?


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