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gravityspiral:
I posted this on another brewing forum as well after searching and not finding much. Maybe you guys can help...

Basically, I see these kegerators online for beaucoup bucks and I do plan on getting one eventually, but right now I just want a mini fridge I can put one or two cornies in and keep them cool.  No draft dispenser, no CO2 tank, regulator, any of that stuff.  Just a run of the mill $100-$150 mini fridge.

The problem is that all of the mini-fridges in that price range have built-in shelves, or can racks, or all sorts of stuff on the inside that makes fitting even one corny keg impossible. I'll give you an example: here's one that I've had since long before I started brewing, you'll see (because I was bored enough to highlight) the areas I'm talking about: shelving built into the actual wall of the fridge.

Does anyone know of a generic, low-cost mini-fridge that's just plain EMPTY? Like five plain walls and a door?

Steve in TX:
What you will need to do is find a mini fridge with only the freezer compartment that takes up the entire width and forms a U shape with the top open. You will need to bend it down (instructions can be found online) and cut the shelving from the door.


Fridges without the freezer compartment are more expensive because they are more of a PIA to produce and either have coils in the wall or a large plate of coils on the back.


I think you can find the fridge that Danby uses without all of the draft equipment, but I do not know the model number.

kylekohlmorgen:

--- Quote from: Steve in TX on July 03, 2014, 07:26:10 AM ---What you will need to do is find a mini fridge with only the freezer compartment that takes up the entire width and forms a U shape with the top open. You will need to bend it down (instructions can be found online) and cut the shelving from the door...

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+1 This is exactly what I did for my ferm fridge. Got mine used when a neighbor was moving out.

I also cut some 2x4 to reinforce the bottom shelf (a bucket doesn't fit on the bottom of the fridge).

I assume you're using 1 gal or 2.5 gal cornies?

realbeerguy:
I look in the resale stores, Habitat, etc.  You can do the 2 x 4 option, or just cut the shelves out of the doors to give more room.  Take a round footprint of your kegs with you to measure, as well a tape to measure height.

gravityspiral:

--- Quote from: kylekohlmorgen ---I assume you're using 1 gal or 2.5 gal cornies?

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No, 5 gallon ball lock, which is where the issue of space comes in  :(


--- Quote from: realbeerguy ---Take a round footprint of your kegs with you to measure, as well a tape to measure height.

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Not a bad idea - I may end up trying that this weekend. Thanks!

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