Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator

Have a question or want to show off your project? Post it! No Registration Necessary.  Now with pictures!

Threaded View


Hi,

I'm looking to build a kegerator and am having trouble finding a cheap
cooler big enough to hold a keg.
Any suggestions gratefully received.
Thanks

Nick..

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


What kind of keg?  1/4 Barrel, 1/2 Barrel or Corny?  And do you want to
mount the CO2 cylinder inside or outside?  Do you want a serving tower on
top or do you want to drill holes & have the tap(s) come out the front of
the fridge/freezer?

Kent

Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


blah wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

Corny.  Serving tower on top, CO2 inside or out..

--
Dan

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


OK,, I am going to sound like a nutcase, but here goes.  Believe it or not,,
you can find a fridge/freezer at the end of the driveway on garbage day.  I
would never have thought it, but a coworker drovve around on garbage day
looking for a fridge,, and when he saw something that would meet his need,
just knocked on the house door and asked the owner if the fridge worked and
if he could take it away.  I have seen his aquisition, and it works fine,,,,
a side by side,, the fridge side for ale temp,, the freezer side for
lagering.

Best of luck
Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


news:yQr2f.106759
Quoted text here. Click to load it

No crap, that's about how I got mine. I advertised in the company newsletter
that I would haul away a working refrigerator "for no cost!!!". Two weeks
later I had a working beer fridge that has been quietly keeping my beer cold
for over twelve years now. The freezer stopped working about seven years
ago, but the lower part still stays plenty cold.

--
Lew Bryson

Their clothes are weird, their music sucks and they drink
malternatives.  And now you tell me they probably don't think Sierra
Nevada is cool?  This is what the passage of years does to you: It
makes everyone around you more stupid. -- Michael Stewart 6/24/02

www.lewbryson.com



Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 14:12:11 GMT, "Lew Bryson"

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Right now, I'm looking for one big enough for two corney kegs, yet
small enough to fit under my bar (no more than 35").  New ones I can
find, but I'm not happy with the price.  I'm thinking of going for a
wine refrigerator.


Phil
======
visit the New York City Homebrewers Guild website:
http://www.hbd.org/nychg
Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Phil wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

I looked at those for a second, but didn't like the glass door I saw.
Seems less efficient.

--
Dan

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


On Mon, 10 Oct 2005 22:26:08 -0400, Dan Logcher

Quoted text here. Click to load it

I'm looking to keep my beers around fifty degrees, so those fridges
would be fine.  Are the doors double glass?


Phil

======
visit the New York City Homebrewers Guild website:
http://www.hbd.org/nychg
Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Phil wrote:

Quoted text here. Click to load it

I don't know.. I was looking online for a general price range.
So far I've seen keg fridges around $600.  That seems a bit steep
to me.  Am I correct?

--
Dan

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


On Tue, 11 Oct 2005 09:26:39 -0400, Dan Logcher

Quoted text here. Click to load it

That was my take too.
There is a place in Canada that sells em on ebay for about $500 but
they are clearly modified regular units.
I started the thread in the hopes of finding someone who had
discovered the seemingly elusive compact refrigerator that could take
a 16gal keg. Looks like it would be ~ $200, just need the right unit.
I like the yard sale/trash pile idea as suggested previously but the
wife is already not keen on the project and that would be the deal
breaker......

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Nick wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it

I'm looking for one to hold two 5 gallon Cornys, and maybe some
bottles.  I don't like the yard sale, since you never know how long
it will last when you get it..  I'd hate to pickup something and have
it crap out just after I get my beer in it.

--
Dan

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


On Sun, 09 Oct 2005 21:14:57 GMT, Nick

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Thanks for the responses so far.
It's hopefully for a half barrel, I like the idea of a front loading
unit top mounted tap but if the cost difference is great I'm flexible.
It looks like the extra controller to use a freezer is $50-60.
Unit needs to be  available in the US.

Thanks again

Nick..

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Not to endlessly promote Ebay but..."Tom Hargrave Sales" has the controller
you need for about $54 + shipping.

I'm using a 6.5 CF (I think thats how big it is) freezer that _just_ barely
holds 2 corny kegs (I gotta squeeze them in)...I got it for $75 in the
newspaper...it hardly takes up any room...I just need a tower & CO2 system &
I'm good to go.

Kent


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Nick,
You appear to be on track looking for an old cheap fridge.
What exactly is your problem?
Remember you may eventually want to hold several kegs in the same fridge so
"bigger is best".
Remember also that your dispensing gear, taps & hoses will need careful &
regular cleaning to preserve sanitary conditions.
Its hard to go past PET bottles stored in an ordinary food fridge if space
permits.
Rgds,
Pete


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Sanyo 4912 (4.9 cu ft) minifridge can be modified to hold two corny
kegs. Bought mine at best buy on sale $179 (not exactly cheap but
cheaper than buying one pre made). I don't think it will hold a full
sized keg though.


On Sun, 09 Oct 2005 21:14:57 GMT, Nick

Quoted text here. Click to load it

Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


In my opinion, you should try www.craigslist.com. It's just a big
classified section--choose the metro area nearest you and look under
appliances I think. If you're in a large metropolitan area, it's
certain that you'd be able to find a cheap, used fridge to meet your
needs.

Dave
www.homebrew-exchange.com

BillyBadArseBrewing wrote:
Quoted text here. Click to load it


Re: Cheapest fridge/freezer for a kegerator


Try looking in resale shops (Goodwill or Salvation Army) Also keep an eye on
the classified ads.


Quoted text here. Click to load it



Site Timeline