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Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby mrkrispy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:16 am

I have been trying to find a small fridge for my old-skool 7gal conical, I only see the Sanyo 4912M mentioned here and those are getting hard to find new or used. I saw a Danby DAR440BL (DAR440W also) that seems to have similar interior dimensions (and is freezerless) as the Sanyo but I am not sure about the hump getting in the way of the conical legs.

Does anyone here use these for a 7gal conical?

The Danby is sold at Costco, Walmart, Home Depot, Amazon, etc

http://www.amazon.com/Danby-DAR440W-4-4 ... B000FAUSUC
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby BeerPal » Tue Aug 09, 2011 11:55 am

What are the interior dimensions? I used to use the Sanyo 4912 (4.9 cf) and it was barely tall enough inside to fit my B3 7-gallon conical. Plus, I had to remove the door panel (replaced it with white board) to get it to fit. I suspect a 4.4 cf fridge might be a tad on the small size.

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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby mrkrispy » Tue Aug 09, 2011 12:59 pm

I am trying to find the exact dimensions, not having a lot of luck so far which is why I posted this ;)

Why did you stop using the Sanyo 4912? That is likely what I will have to go with.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby turbo_ale » Tue Aug 09, 2011 1:39 pm

I have a old school Imperial wine cooler, WCSH7, 12" floor space, 26.5" inside height. My other wine cooler is a newer SoleusAir, with a glass door, it has a 11" floor space.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby BeerPal » Tue Aug 09, 2011 4:56 pm

mrkrispy wrote:Why did you stop using the Sanyo 4912? That is likely what I will have to go with.

Went with a dedicated upright freezer. My new-style retrofit domed conical lid required more height than the Sanyo offered.

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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby turbo_ale » Wed Aug 10, 2011 9:18 am

BeerPal wrote:Went with a dedicated upright freezer. My new-style retrofit domed conical lid required more height than the Sanyo offered.


Now you need to get a 14 gallon conical :wink: to fill the dead space of the fridge.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby BeerPal » Wed Aug 10, 2011 10:32 pm

turbo_ale wrote:
BeerPal wrote:Went with a dedicated upright freezer. My new-style retrofit domed conical lid required more height than the Sanyo offered.


Now you need to get a 14 gallon conical :wink: to fill the dead space of the fridge.


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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby Monster Mash » Thu Aug 11, 2011 9:05 am

I need one big enough for a 30bbl conical....
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby cvedrick » Sat Aug 20, 2011 3:32 pm

Last year, when I was looking for my kegerator freezer, I kept running into 14CF UPRIGHT freezers in the $50-75 range and durned new condition. Add a temp controller and you should be good to go....
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby fortike » Sat Oct 05, 2013 8:43 pm

I have a Haier compact fridge to store my beers and drinks.It is quiet and you won't hear it.I recommend these reviews about it,click here to read.Hope useful for you.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby mrkrispy » Mon Oct 07, 2013 1:59 pm

Hey just to update for anyone looking to do something similar....it took me almost a year but I found a Sanyo 4912M on craigslist for a good price. My setup is almost identical to BeerPal's photo at the top, except my fridge has a black plastic interior. I shamelessly copied him and installed a DIY whiteboard in the door, that was the hardest part of the whole thing.

My conical is really tight, I could stand to saw off an inch from each leg. I can't cinch down the acrylic lid on my old school conical, instead I used a couple of C-clamps. It wasn't sealed good enough to get the airlock to work, but visually I could see the krausen drop. I will look into an alternate screw for the steel crossbar since the stock one is too tall for the setup.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby mrkrispy » Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:56 pm

BeerPal wrote:What are the interior dimensions? I used to use the Sanyo 4912 (4.9 cf) and it was barely tall enough inside to fit my B3 7-gallon conical. Plus, I had to remove the door panel (replaced it with white board) to get it to fit. I suspect a 4.4 cf fridge might be a tad on the small size.

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Beerpal, how did you tighten down the lid when you ran the conical in the Sanyo 4912?
I am wondering if there is a replacement bold I could find to tighten down the crossbar in that tight space
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby Eric Ennis » Wed Oct 23, 2013 3:12 pm

Has anyone tried this with the current conical? I really want a heated and cooled one but the "conical in a mini fridge" is a little more affordable.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby pclemon » Thu Oct 24, 2013 5:02 am

Eric Ennis wrote:Has anyone tried this with the current conical? I really want a heated and cooled one but the "conical in a mini fridge" is a little more affordable.


I have a current version 27 gallon morebeer conical in an upright freezer with a dual gauge temp control on it that I put together for approx. the same cost as B3's heated/cooled 7.5 gallon conical.
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Re: Mini / Compact Fridge for 7gal Conical

Postby mrkrispy » Thu Oct 24, 2013 9:43 am

mrkrispy wrote:Beerpal, how did you tighten down the lid when you ran the conical in the Sanyo 4912?
I am wondering if there is a replacement bold I could find to tighten down the crossbar in that tight space


I will answer this myself...I just went to HomeDepot and scrounged around the nuts and bolts isle. I was able to find a stainless steel hex-head bolt that fits the cross bar. I bought a 3/8"-16 bolt x 2.5" and it works perfect, but I need a wrench to tighten the bolt/crossbar down to the acrylic lid.
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