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Old 06-06-2019, 12:17 PM   #1226 (permalink)
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Looking at that board you could throw in all new mosfets and a diode for a couple bucks might get it going to have a spare again.
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Old 06-07-2019, 07:26 AM   #1227 (permalink)
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Looking at that board you could throw in all new mosfets and a diode for a couple bucks might get it going to have a spare again.
Definitely, I didn't take the time to look all that closely. A new one is $38 also.

One more little project done. Light switch for the bathroom light. We never use it.... But its just been hanging wires for a couple years. At least I can turn it on and off if I want to now.

Start with a block, set up to route out the back for a wire pocket.



Remove unneeded material.


Screw to ceiling. It also get screwed to the wall panel to support that. Its been needed for a long time....


And its volcano season! Skis going back in
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Old 06-10-2019, 08:18 AM   #1229 (permalink)
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Quiet CG, big mountains, nice weekend.



Poured rain Friday which kept the people at bay. Rolled in late and still found a NICE spot. New awning is so much better. The additional 2' of stick out is AMAZING.



Rain meant snow up high!



Snowing when we left in the morning but cleared right up. It was HOT. Skinned up 3k feet.






Nice little trip back down

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Old 06-14-2019, 08:36 AM   #1230 (permalink)
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Been wanting to do this for awhile now, so I kicked myself in the butt to get it put together before the NW Overland Rally.

The Ultimate ARB Fridge Mod. Kegerator.

Kegs are awesome, you can get beer that is not bottled or canned, good for large groups etc. But a big trash can, lots of ice etc to cool it is a pain in the butt. So I got to thinking.

Not wanting to drill holes in my fridge (and have a completely reversible mod) lead me to this. Space the lid up. Some maple 1x3 was used.


Trying to figure out the hing brought me to a "oh duh" moment. Make it a wedge! We only need a spot for the faucet and a beer line in. Two minutes with the table saw and boom.


This is going to work great.



Next up is the latch.
Aluminum plate was cut to the size of the cutout for the latch. Bent and screwed in place. No additional holes in the fridge. A little sloppy, I have been doing this 10 minutes at a time as I can sneak it in....



Take it all back apart, make a ghetto rig and grab the router!


Slot cut top and bottom.


And a neoprene seal is added to the groove.

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Been wanting to do this for awhile now, so I kicked myself in the butt to get it put together before the NW Overland Rally.

The Ultimate ARB Fridge Mod. Kegerator.

Kegs are awesome, you can get beer that is not bottled or canned, good for large groups etc. But a big trash can, lots of ice etc to cool it is a pain in the butt. So I got to thinking.

Not wanting to drill holes in my fridge (and have a completely reversible mod) lead me to this. Space the lid up. Some maple 1x3 was used.


Trying to figure out the hing brought me to a "oh duh" moment. Make it a wedge! We only need a spot for the faucet and a beer line in. Two minutes with the table saw and boom.


This is going to work great.



Next up is the latch.
Aluminum plate was cut to the size of the cutout for the latch. Bent and screwed in place. No additional holes in the fridge. A little sloppy, I have been doing this 10 minutes at a time as I can sneak it in....



Take it all back apart, make a ghetto rig and grab the router!


Slot cut top and bottom.


And a neoprene seal is added to the groove.

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Been wanting to do this for awhile now, so I kicked myself in the butt to get it put together before the NW Overland Rally.

The Ultimate ARB Fridge Mod. Kegerator.

Kegs are awesome, you can get beer that is not bottled or canned, good for large groups etc. But a big trash can, lots of ice etc to cool it is a pain in the butt. So I got to thinking.

Not wanting to drill holes in my fridge (and have a completely reversible mod) lead me to this. Space the lid up. Some maple 1x3 was used.


Trying to figure out the hing brought me to a "oh duh" moment. Make it a wedge! We only need a spot for the faucet and a beer line in. Two minutes with the table saw and boom.


This is going to work great.



Next up is the latch.
Aluminum plate was cut to the size of the cutout for the latch. Bent and screwed in place. No additional holes in the fridge. A little sloppy, I have been doing this 10 minutes at a time as I can sneak it in....



Take it all back apart, make a ghetto rig and grab the router!


Slot cut top and bottom.


And a neoprene seal is added to the groove.

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And the magic that makes it work! A giant block of aluminum. This is a two pass cooler, but I have the beer run through both, as I expect the keg to be pretty warm (70+ most likely). You can see the jumper tube between 1 out and 2 in.


Decent forward seal faucet in place, these are so much better than the "standard" faucet. Much less funk growth.


All plumbed.


Garage is a disaster, but its all set up, I left about 12' of beer line thinking I can stash the keg under the truck out of the sun.


Need to play with pressures a little, but 15PSI seems about right with that much line and it being 3/16" ID.

But great success!!!
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Good luck with that setup, everything I've ever heard about kegs is that they are only good for parties. Not to mention being in a moving vehicle, it seems like it would be always foamy.

Hopefully it does work out, because it's a sweet set up.
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Good luck with that setup, everything I've ever heard about kegs is that they are only good for parties. Not to mention being in a moving vehicle, it seems like it would be always foamy.

Hopefully it does work out, because it's a sweet set up.
Yeah this would be dragged along for long non moving location weekends etc. Thats it. NW Overland Rally per say

I hooked it up right off the keg being on its side in stop and go traffic all the way home, definitely a bit foamy.
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Yeah this would be dragged along for long non moving location weekends etc. Thats it. NW Overland Rally per say

I hooked it up right off the keg being on its side in stop and go traffic all the way home, definitely a bit foamy.
Gotcha, well I guess that's why you made it easily removed.

A $25 cooler and some ice would have worked just a good, but not as overlandy
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Gotcha, well I guess that's why you made it easily removed.

A $25 cooler and some ice would have worked just a good, but not as overlandy
Yeah you keep a cooler full of ice in the middle of no where with 80 degree days for 3 days! I hate trying to find ice.....

But yeah, this is overkill, but I have wanted to try it for awhile, and a few local beer I really like you cant get in anything but a keg.
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A $25 cooler and some ice would have worked just a good, but not as overlandy
A $25 cooler just isn't cool on any level, now if he poked a tap through a YETI that might be a little "cooler"

Get it "cooler" HA HA!!

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A $25 cooler just isn't cool on any level, now if he poked a tap through a YETI that might be a little "cooler"

Get it "cooler" HA HA!!

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I just pulled the trigger on 360AH LIFEPO4 lithium cells with a SMART 123 BMS and all new MAGNUM electronics, pure sine inverter, 100 amp charger, MPPT control, SOC meter, Advanced remote, and AGS along with 4-250 watt 42 volt solar panels wired two strings of 2 in series so 84 volts to the MPPT, residential refrig no generator solar only?? we will see.
Damn big baller! There is a local guy with a box truck, he has 900w IIRC and runs a 10k btu AC unit wo/ any issues.
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Old 06-17-2019, 08:51 AM   #1242 (permalink)
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Another fun weekend in the woods!









Electric chainsaw is pretty slick so far. Quiet and no stink.





Went and climbed some rocks. There is a little child in the pic





It will fit.....







Cameras sure flatten everything out....





Made it





Not sure that's going to wash off...... Lots of branches....

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Not sure if you've had much experience with mobile beer/jockey boxes, but I can never get it to the point of non-foaming. I hear you should run like 30psi to keep the gas in solution but I dunno...it never works out for me... I have 2 jockey boxes (25' and a 50' 3/16 SS coil in a cooler of ice), and keeping the keg as cool as possible is your best bet. I hear cold plates like yours can be even tougher to manage. Let me know how it works out!
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Not sure if you've had much experience with mobile beer/jockey boxes, but I can never get it to the point of non-foaming. I hear you should run like 30psi to keep the gas in solution but I dunno...it never works out for me... I have 2 jockey boxes (25' and a 50' 3/16 SS coil in a cooler of ice), and keeping the keg as cool as possible is your best bet. I hear cold plates like yours can be even tougher to manage. Let me know how it works out!
I have heard all the horror stories too. I will find out next weekend! So far in my garage at ambient temps (the keg was 67 yesterday) it was working just fine at 15psi. I was getting ~1.5" of foam in a 16oz glass. Acceptable I think. Its supposed to be 75+ this weekend though, thats going to be a lot harder to cool I think.
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I always have them out in the sun places, hard to keep them cool, and found putting them in a cooler with a little ice at the bottom, keeping them shaded and running about 15psi worked alright, but the pre-cooled kegs was the key. Or somehow maybe getting a longer coil in contact with ice. Either way, solid mod haha
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Yeah I should be able to tuck it under the truck in the shade. Left a good long beer line. I will report back how it works!
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Idk if you're planning leaving food or blocks of ice in there, but it seems like the liquid flowing through would outstrip the cooling capacity of the fridge unless it had some way of storing thermal energy besides the air inside

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Maybe have the spray foam guy coat the keg and use peltier/TEC modules to cool it?
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Maybe have the spray foam guy coat the keg and use peltier/TEC modules to cool it?
Peltier are ungodly ineffective..... Interesting thought tho

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