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post #31 of 163
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If your worried see if he will ship it to Indiana and I will try it out and let you know
post #32 of 163
I have been looking for a Beverage Center for a while now. I need one that gets down to close to freezing (I like my drinks COLD). To get that you really need to get a more expensive model - which I currently do not have funds for, hence why I am still looking.

With all that being said I would like to point out something very important that I have learned in my search -

JUST BECAUSE IT FITS UNDER THE COUNTER DOES NOT MEAN IT IS AN UNDERCOUNTER UNIT!

Almost all units that will be put under a counter need a vent in the front. Without the vent you will seriously degrade the performance because they do not have the required airflow over the coils to cool correctly. Most manufacturers will state that their unit is NOT for under counter use, but you have to look in the small print, usually in the owners manual - which is usually hard to find if you don't purchase the unit first.

If you are planning on purchasing a unit for use under a counter, make sure the documentation states that it can be used that way.
post #33 of 163
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Probably so as I have read some things along this line BUT you can make it work efficiently with some spacing around and behind the unit for air to flow. I cant afford the true undercounter mount units as they are WAY out of my budget. But I too like my drinks ice cold and want something along the lines of yourself so let me know what you find and I will do the same
post #34 of 163
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Probably so as I have read some things along this line BUT you can make it work efficiently with some spacing around and behind the unit for air to flow. I cant afford the true undercounter mount units as they are WAY out of my budget. But I too like my drinks ice cold and want something along the lines of yourself so let me know what you find and I will do the same

I agree too that there are inexpensive ways to help the circulation and make it work just like a undercounter unit. The Haier units are on the cheap end but with a little tinkering and for under 80-150 bucks you can make them work very well, there are a few sites out there explaining how to do it. Some don't want to waste their time and I understand that but not all of us can afford a nice commercial unit. I have the Haier Kegerator and made some mods on it and since have zero problems, for a beverage unit I have the stainless steel Magic Chef Wine unit from Home Depot. I can get it down to 39 degrees which works for the pop and wine that are in there.
post #35 of 163
Marvel or Subzero are the 2 that I use. The Subzero accepts custom panels better (I hate the glass doors- they look awful in a small bar) and is much quieter.
post #36 of 163
Just got this a couple weeks ago. Looks great, you can turn the interior light on or off, which is a neat feature. Still trying to figure out the correct temp setting. I had it up to 5, but a can of seltzer burst! Have it around 3 now and it seems to be working great. You could easliy fit 2+ cases of bottled beer in it. I am very pleased with the purchase..I will try and snap some pics of it..

Best of all FREE SHIPPING!!

http://www.compactappliance.com/BWC1...l_Refrigerator
post #37 of 163
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Originally Posted by JBUNGIE View Post

Just got this a couple weeks ago. Looks great, you can turn the interior light on or off, which is a neat feature. Still trying to figure out the correct temp setting. I had it up to 5, but a can of seltzer burst! Have it around 3 now and it seems to be working great. You could easliy fit 2+ cases of bottled beer in it. I am very pleased with the purchase..I will try and snap some pics of it..

Best of all FREE SHIPPING!!

http://www.compactappliance.com/BWC1...l_Refrigerator

Alright I need more info. This looks like what I am after. It looks alot like the models at Lowes but the fact that it gets to the low 30s seems perfect. I hope its not "too good to be true" Now when you say you froze a can was it in there alone or among others? I am curious if you have had it full or atleast close to full and how cold the cans on the top got compared to the ones on the bottom? Does it have a temp gauge or do you have a thermometer? I am curious what temp it will actually get down too? And lastly as far as shipping I have read 100s of horror stories about shipping beverage centers and all the damage that occurs to them. How was it packed and how did it arrive? Any dents,dings etc?
post #38 of 163
The fridge was not full, but I had 12 seltzer cans, 12 waters and 12 beers in it. The can that blew was in the bottom, but the waters in the far back were freezing until I turned the temp down. No temp gauge, but I just pulled a water out and stuck a thermometer in it..pic is below. Was packed great in a box with foam and then in another box..shipping was quick too.


Took some pics for you..









post #39 of 163
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Very nice....and the Luxury Double Chocolate Stout....That aint freezin! Where was the water in the middle rack I assume but front or back? I know I ask alot but I am one of those guys that HAS to have his drinks "ice" cold. And the no damages seems sweet to me. I'd hate to order a large item like this only to have it damaged in shipping. I did find on Ebay what I believe to be the same model,well atleast they have the same part # though the pics of it and the one of yours look a little different tell me what you think
it is $21 cheaper and looks like its from the same company:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...m=360122243100
post #40 of 163
Pulled that water right out of the front. I like to have all my drinks lined up with the labels facing out! Looks like the same unit, from the same seller & cheaper!

As you can see the unit has plenty of room to breath. I was gonna put shelves on top, but didnt want the fridge to over heat.

The Youngs Stout is nice! Right next to the fridge I have this..which I also highly recommend

post #41 of 163
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As for the shelves on top that is my concern. I am wanting to mount this under a contertop within some cabinets. Now with the dimensions of this unit it appears I will have only 1" or so clearance on top but 6" or so to the back and about 1.5"-2" on each side. I wonder if that will be ok or cause me some concern for over heating
post #42 of 163
Jbungie,

That looks sweet. Couple of questions

1) Is it deep enough to fit in one of those 12 can " fridge packs"
2) How loud is it?

Thanks
K
post #43 of 163
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Originally Posted by kupermanp View Post

Jbungie,

That looks sweet. Couple of questions

1) Is it deep enough to fit in one of those 12 can " fridge packs"
2) How loud is it?

Thanks
K


Thanks!

I dont believe the 12 fridge pack with box would fit, but you can fix 118 cans it it so..

Not loud at all..I cant hear it unless my ear is next to it.
post #44 of 163
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Whats your overall impressions with the interior light? It doesnt appear to be too bright and looks as if it were totally full you would never see the light?
post #45 of 163
Havent had the fridge fully stocked yet so its hard to say. Its bright enough for my liking. When I turn out the over head lights you can see the fridge light shinning on the wall so its not that dim.
post #46 of 163
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Thanks for the input. What I find funny is in the specs it reads this:
"This freestanding beverage refrigerator offers a temperature range of approximately between mid 30s - mid 50s Fahrenheit with mechanical controls"

Then later on it says this:

"Other Features and Specifications:"
"Approximate temperature range:
Upper Zone: 48 - 54ºF
Lower Zone: 55 - 65ºF "

So it contradicts itself in its OWN specs
post #47 of 163
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Thanks for the input. What I find funny is in the specs it reads this:
"This freestanding beverage refrigerator offers a temperature range of approximately between mid 30s - mid 50s Fahrenheit with mechanical controls"

Then later on it says this:

"Other Features and Specifications:"
"Approximate temperature range:
Upper Zone: 48 - 54ºF
Lower Zone: 55 - 65ºF "

So it contradicts itself in its OWN specs

I think the Mechanical contols it is referring to is some of the mods you can buy to stabilze and retain a correct temp. The bottom figures may be the actual out of the box figures, not sure on this model but this is what mine listed but I was able to get it down to 39 degrees without the mods.
post #48 of 163
Iusteve..just pull the trigger!!
post #49 of 163
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Originally Posted by JBUNGIE View Post

Iusteve..just pull the trigger!!

Haha I am just looking for reasons not to buy it huh?! I like to ask a million questions. Actually I want it to go on sale for under $200
post #50 of 163
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Haha I am just looking for reasons not to buy it huh?! I like to ask a million questions. Actually I want it to go on sale for under $200


Not sure if you'll get one for under $200 but here is one for $279 w/ free shipping.....Do it Do it Do it

http://www.supremeoutlet.com/Summit-...or-_p_636.html
post #51 of 163
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Originally Posted by LSWHO View Post

Not sure if you'll get one for under $200 but here is one for $279 w/ free shipping.....Do it Do it Do it

http://www.supremeoutlet.com/Summit-...or-_p_636.html


Hahaha you buying? I am cheap, cheap cheap. I can get those little mini fridges for under $200, I was looking for a sub $200 glass door model that actually gets cold (sub 35 degrees) Those little compact refrigerators actually do get that cold and that is what I was thinking I would have to get as I want COLD. We will have to see. But $279 for a white door unit.....it doesnt match copper Do they make them in copper?
post #52 of 163
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Originally Posted by Iusteve View Post

Hahaha you buying? I am cheap, cheap cheap. I can get those little mini fridges for under $200, I was looking for a sub $200 glass door model that actually gets cold (sub 35 degrees) Those little compact refrigerators actually do get that cold and that is what I was thinking I would have to get as I want COLD. We will have to see. But $279 for a white door unit.....it doesnt match copper Do they make them in copper?


We have to make everything ourselves for the copper look....hmmm sounds like an idea...Top of kegerator + extra copper left over = new project....
post #53 of 163
The top of the kegorator is nothing more that a piece of counter top with a hole cut in it. Should be an easy project.
post #54 of 163
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We have to make everything ourselves for the copper look....hmmm sounds like an idea...Top of kegerator + extra copper left over = new project....

Yea those of us in the "Copper-Top Club" have to do it ourselves as there isnt a mass market for copper related bar products. I just got done copper topping my half wall bar as we speak. I have a little extra.....hmmm what to do with it...............maybe I will use it to wrap a beverage center in
post #55 of 163
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Originally Posted by HeyNow^ View Post

The top of the kegorator is nothing more that a piece of counter top with a hole cut in it. Should be an easy project.

Randy, do you know if the tops are removable? I know the tower is but never looked closely at the top. would be alot easier if it removes but not impossible if it doesn't...
post #56 of 163
I'm pretty certain mine does. Look on the back and I believe you will see two clamps that hold the top on.
post #57 of 163
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I cant wait to see how this turns out........I'm glad copper isnt taking over my life
post #58 of 163
Copper does funny things to me. I had to go to Lowes to get a repair kit for my new dishwasher. So I carry the copper tubing in with me, well, you know just in case. After a while I could taste the copper from it absorbing through my skin. Weird.
post #59 of 163
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Originally Posted by HeyNow^ View Post

Copper does funny things to me. I had to go to Lowes to get a repair kit for my new dishwasher. So I carry the copper tubing in with me, well, you know just in case. After a while I could taste the copper from it absorbing through my skin. Weird.

I think you people have a sickness. Again I am so glad I havent topped anything with copper.
post #60 of 163
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Any other good deals on beverage centers that anyone knows of lately or comments on what you have used?
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