I might have found a solution. And for those that want something that gets really cold, this might work for you as well. I found this at Fry's Electronic's. And it is cheaper on line!http://www.frys.com/product/4622668?...H:MAIN_RSLT_PG
This is compact refrigerator with no freezer. Not only that, that but if you don't like the funky door storage that takes up room it appears it is removable!
Ok, the problem with getting a compact refrigerator over a beverage center is generally two fold; 1) most have freezer compartments that take up room that is better served for beer 2) most have some funky door compartment for holding milk and such that again stick into the refrigerator and take up space.
A marginal 3) is that they don't have a fancy clear door. For me, I can live with that. For some it might make a difference.
Of course the benefit of a true refrigerator is that they get colder then most beverage centers.
This Sanyo unit (and I have now seen a few others) does not have a freezer sections. Also the funky door compartments on this unite appear to be nothing more then a molded piece of plastic attached to the door. I looked under the rubber seal at the door and indeed it appears to be simple screws holding this in place. My bet is this is easily removed.
Now one other issue is that the shelves are a little short to accommodate the door compartments. But easy enough to make shelves out of Plexiglas. There are a lot of slots in this unit to move the shelves or put them where you want.
Or you could leave the door compartments on the door and have nice storage for other things like tequila, lemons, whatever.....I'm going to do some carefully measuring. At nearly 5.0 CF it is a big unit. For all I know it will hold as much beer as my old unit with the door compartment.
I don't need something that get as cold as a real refrigerator. I thought of converting a wine cooler into a beverage center but the inexpensive one's only go down to 46. Which even for me, is a little to high. I kept my old unit at about 41-43. So I'd like the unit to be rated to the upper 30's to give me a little breathing room. And maybe if I get a true refrigerator, the unit won't really have to work that hard....hummm
Damn...unit is to big. I can make it work except for the depth. I used 18" vanity cabinets for my bar and this frig sticks out over 22". Would look terrible....
There is a smaller version, the 3.7 CF SR-3720m. I'm "assuming" it is the same only smaller. Looks like Costco has it and not a bad price delivered...http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...se=&lang=en-US
Aghh...my old unit was 4.0 cf so I hate to go smaller. Aghhh....