Originally Posted by pig140
Thanks for replying, I'm kinda going for a no frills build. I want it to hold just one 1/6 barrel and some stuff from my bar.
But, I was actually asking if anybody built it IN - as in built into a cabinet.
With this sort of fridge, you can not build it in directly. That is assuming when you say "build it in" you mean placing the walls of the cabinet in direct contact with the side walls of fridge. The heat exchanger is in the side walls and that is what requires you to have some air space between the fridge sidewall and the cabinet sidewall.
There are built-in versions of wine coolers and mini-fridges which are intended to be placed wall to wall. These have the heat exchanger in the bottom. You can (normally) visually identify these by an air vent or grill on the bottom front of the cooler and by the astoundingly high price tag.
You can do a "faux build-in" where you leave space around the fridge and add some sort of trim on the front, so it looks (kinda) built-in but really has 3/4" to 1" on each side. This is enough with a fan forcing the air in. I use a 4" computer fan. There are pics about 6-8 posts up of my incomplete build-in.
Since you said you wanted simple, I'm going to have to go the entire opposite direction and say that if you really wanted to trick it out, you could build it in if you put some other heat absorbing and distributing system next to the fridge heat exchanger... Perhaps, a glycol cooled wall?
I only mention this because I remember that in order to get a 1/6 bbl into this fridge, you have to make serious changes to the insides. There's a post a ways back (pg 30 to 45???) with pictures and details of the conversion.