How sweet would it be to have your favorite beer on tap right in your kitchen? It’s easier than you think. One of the coolest uses of a chest freezer is to modify it into a “Keezer”, aka a Chest Freezer Kegerator.
I’m going to show you how to do this conversion, which can be done at a low cost (both money and time) if you carefully follow this guide:
How To Build a Chest Freezer Kegerator
Step 1: Choose the Right Chest Freezer
A lot of people make the mistake of buying too small of a chest freezer for this project. You need at least 7.2 cubic feet of interior capacity to fit the keg(s) and other components.
I recommend the Danby DCF072A2WDB1 Chest Freezer, 7.2 Cubic Feet, White. Why?
- It has 7.2 cubic feet capacity
- Foam insulation on the walls and lid make it the most energy efficient in its category
- It doesn’t have compartments that can’t be removed. I.E. you can empty it out to maximize space inside for your components.
- Front mount thermostat for easy temp control
Step 2: Detach the Door (Lid) of the Chest Freezer
- Remove the screws attaching the hinges to the lid
- DO NOT Remove the screws attaching the hinge to the freezer
- Remove the rubber gasket attaching the lid to the freezer
- Remove the part of the lid (outside) that contains insulation
All of these components are held together with small screws and clips. Use the claw end of a hammer to remove the clips.
Note: Don’t destroy the clips in case you want to revert the chest freezer back to its original state!
Step 3: Buy and Install a Temperature Controller
This is a crucial step because who wants to drink frozen beer?! A temperature controller will shut off power to the freezer when a certain temperature is reached to prevent freezing from happening.
The freezer’s plug will go into the temperature controller, which will be plugged into the outlet.
Here is the temperature controller I recommend that you buy:
Why? Because it is compact, high-quality, and exactly what you need!
You need to install the Temperature Controller inside the Freezer because it needs to be able to measure air temperature. It can’t touch the sides of the freezer, either, because it would give out a false reading.
To install the temperature controller:
- Turn on freezer and look at the bottom to see where condensation forms.
- Where condensation DOESN’T FORM is where you want to drill a small hole (3/8″ or 1/2″ max) to feed the temperature controller’s sensor through.
- Feed sensor through and fill hole with putty.
Step 4: Build a Collar for the Kegerator
This is the trickiest part, probably, but doing so will make your kegerator look very professional. The collar should be built into the lid/door so that when you lift it up it lifts up the faucets and plumbing with it.
Use 1 x 4 pine boards to assemble a collar that is the same dimensions as the rubber gasket that will be installed to form a seal with the freezer.
Step 5: Reassemble the Kegerator Door
Install the collar, plumbing, and faucets in the kegerator door.
Step 6: Reattach Kegerator Door
Reattach door to hinges and make sure all plumbing is tucked inside the box.
Step 7: Other Considerations
Humidity could be an issue inside your new Kegerator so consider buying a mini de-humidifier to mount inside:
Notes: If you need more detailed, step-by-step instructions on how to build a chest freezer kegerator, I found this guide very detailed and helpful: