Removable "floating" collar on keezer?

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MaxSpang

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Has anyone seen/made a "floating" collar for a keezer?

I'm thinking of putting a collar on my chest freezer, and would prefer to not have to screw or glue it to the actual freezer. I was thinking of making something that just rests on top, but still keeps things insulated. That way I could easily take it off if need be.

Any thoughts? Terrible idea? Thanks in advanced!
 

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I have thought it about this, too. My thought was to remove the top, this will eventually be reattached to the collar. Then, construct an "inner" collar using the required '2 by' size, ie. 2x6. The outer side of the collar MUST align with the exterior sides of the freezer. Then, add a wider "outer" collar using 1x10 or 1x12 wood that the "outer" collar hangs further down past the inner collar so that the whole thing slips over on top of the freezer. Re-attach the top to the collar and there you go. When you want to revert back, remove the top, then remove the collar and reattach the cover. It maybe wouldn't hurt to lay some weather stripping on the freezer rim before slipping the collar on.
 

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Mine is a floating collar, i used camper insulation foam stuck to the freezer edge. I bump into it all the time when working in the freezer and it hasn't made any unexpected moves. Can easily be converted back to a regular freezer if I ever want to move up to a bigger keezer. Would recommend.
 
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Mine is a floating collar, i used camper insulation foam stuck to the freezer edge. I bump into it all the time when working in the freezer and it hasn't made any unexpected moves. Can easily be converted back to a regular freezer if I ever want to move up to a bigger keezer. Would recommend.
Awesome, that sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.

Did you use a guide or anything?
 

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Im just curious as to how many people have actually converted their Keezer back to a regular freezer? I didnt care cause mine was super cheap, but I guess if I bought an expensive freezer to use as my keezer I might like that option.
 

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Awesome, that sounds like exactly what I'm looking for.

Did you use a guide or anything?
Nope, got the inspiration from one of the threads on here (it’s where I got the idea to use camper tape), but just used what I could find for parts for the collar and then bought the necessary tap parts (i went with nukatap and duotight) from what retailers I have available up here in Canada.
 

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I really need to put up a thread on how I did mine, but it is not unique as I had seen it on here when I decided to do mine.

So I did the collar approach, but the original hinges from the freezer went on the bottom of the collar. I just used standard door hinges to connect the freezer lid to the top of the collar as that is very light. The only thing I still need to add is a locking mechanism to hold the top lid to the collar for when I open the top with the collar instead of the lid. The bottom of the collar has the foam tape sealing on it as well.

The reason I did this was to make it easier to bring a keg into the keezer when it is full. I did not do it this way to convert back easily, however it would be very easy to convert back to a chest freezer as all holes are in the collar.

EDIT: Forget to mention that I used some small plywood to connect to the holes on the lid from the original hinge, then connected the standard door hinges to that wood. Again the top lid is not that heavy and this holds it fine, just flip it up to the wall. Would also be easy to add a locking mechanism to prevent the top from opening too much as well, but mine is by the wall so I just use the wall as a stop.
 

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I'll post some pics of mine when I get home. That's what I essentially did however I also used some RV foam on the edge, where the collar sits. If I ever have to turn it back into a freezer, I just remove the foam, simple enough.
 

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I have the foam seal on the bottom of my collar so it is not connected to the freezer, if there is a need to turn it back into a freezer. You can see it on the second picture.
 

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What about attaching something like these latches to the side of the keezer giving you the ability to latch the collar to the freezer to hold it in place?

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My buddy has these on his kegerator to make it seal. Works well
 
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