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Old 10-23-2008, 08:02 AM   #1
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Seems to me that since Upright freezer prices are more than double what similarly sized chest freezers are, that chest freezers are the way to go. However, I'm getting ready to pick up a 14.5 Blichmann very soon (I hope) and don't think the chest is going to be even close to convenient if not completely negate the whole reason for having a conical in the first place. Since I had to donate a testicle to fund purchase of said 14.5 Blichmann, I really don't want to shell out any more cash than I ABSOLUTELY have to. So I have been eyeballing my chest freezer and wondering why I can't just put it up on a small stand and stand it up like an upright. If it just had an inch or two clearance, the door would open fine. Is there any reason why this would not work? Or, would it have any long term ill effects on the freezer? Quite the quagmire. Any ideas? IF the consensus is that it should be fine, would it matter which side is up?



 
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:34 AM   #2
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i guess this could work.... the only suggestions that I have is to make sure that the compressor gets remounted so that it remains vertical not on it's side... Also I would make sure to raise the edge you will have on the floor a bit so that air can get in and extract some heat from the shell. Other then that, I think it soudl work, it will be intresting to see what otheres have to say on the issue



 
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Old 10-23-2008, 09:01 AM   #3
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Even if it does work you'll still have the same downside as an upright and that is the cold will run out everytime you open it. Besides, I don't believe the hinges are designed for that direction of stress. Several members of our local HB club bought used soda pop coolers for their conicals. Most are The sliding door type so they can have the conical on one side and keep the pint glasses, hops and yeast stored on the other side. They usually run around $100.
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:34 AM   #4
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You will definitely burn up your compressor if you put it on its side. I really wouldn't recommend doing this. If you are going to take the time to re-orient the compressor you might damage something and burn a bunch of time. You would probably be better off taking the time you would have spent on modifying the chest freezer to go out and get a part time job and just make the money that it will cost for a stand-up freezer.

 
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Old 10-23-2008, 11:51 AM   #5
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You could build a conical chamber using a chest freezer.




 
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:11 PM   #6
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You could build a conical chamber using a chest freezer.



That is just purdy
Is there any measurable temp loss via the glass panes?
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Old 10-23-2008, 12:22 PM   #7
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That is just purdy
Is there any measurable temp loss via the glass panes?
There are fans on the inside to circulate air and the Ranco keeps it in fermenting range easily. No problem with the Plexiglas panels.

 
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:22 PM   #8
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Ok, this makes sense. Couple of questions...

1) Keeps within fermentation temps for both lager and ale? What about lagering temps...will it efficiently maintain temps around 34*?
2) Cost of materials
3) How much loss in energy...or gain in heat through the fabricated walls? Any design flaws you wish you would have corrected during construction or lessons learned?

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Old 10-23-2008, 08:26 PM   #9
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There are fans on the inside to circulate air and the Ranco keeps it in fermenting range easily. No problem with the Plexiglas panels.
You, my friend, have entirely too much time and resources to put to this hobby. Seek help. Quickly.

 
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Old 10-23-2008, 08:31 PM   #10
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I have designed something similar. Click the fermento-lager-taporator link in my sig. Also, wort-o-matic.com has a similar article.



 
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