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The home bar fridge
uncle trav
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Joined: Apr 27, 2005
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 19 days ago; 05:03 am   Permalink

My old 1950s fridge finally gave up the ghost. I have waited way to long to replace it. Getting it out from behind the bar will be like exhuming King Tut's sarcophagus from his tomb. I am thinking of buying an apartment size fridge. These are sized between a full size and the small dorm room ones. These mid size units have a separate freezer which is a plus. Does anyone have one of these? Pros or cons or any views on different options for a new fridge. This is what I am thinking about but in black.

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nui 'umi 'umi
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Joined: Feb 21, 2011
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 19 days ago; 1:58 pm   Permalink

Uncle T, What are the dimensions on these guys? I have a dorm size frig right now and it’s not close to being big enough. Don’t have room for even a small “full size”
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uncle trav
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From: Kalamazoo
Posted: 19 days ago; 3:17 pm   Permalink

Hi Nui. The apartment size fridges seem to be in this size range. Some are a bit smaller.

Dimensions & Specifications

Unit Height: 63"
Unit Width: 21 3/4"
Unit Depth: 24 1/2"
Weight: 118 lbs.
Capacity: 8.1 Cubic Feet

I have seen them priced as low as $200 on sale depending on the brand.



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jimsflies
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Joined: Jun 02, 2010
Posts: 219
From: Michigan
Posted: 19 days ago; 6:31 pm   Permalink

I've been on the look out for a fridge for my bar as well. I found this and think it would be great...has a real freezer which would be nice for ice compared to a mini fridge. Its only available in stainless however.

http://www.menards.com/main/kitchen-appliance-accessories/refrigerators/magic-cool-5-5-cu-ft-side-by-side-compact-refrigerator-freezer/p-2200537-c-7216.htm



But in my searches, I found this beer and wine fridge on craigslist for $50 and went with it instead. (If I need a freezer or ice, I will figure it out later...figured I couldn't go wrong for $50.)

http://www.homedepot.com/p/GE-31-Bottle-Wine-Beverage-Center-in-Silver-GVS04BDWSS/100654746



BTW- I see you are in k-zoo. I'm near Lansing and in my craiglist searches last week, there was someone local with a similar fridge to what you are looking at for $125. But it was white...

http://lansing.craigslist.org/app/4538787660.html







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Swanky
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From: Hapa Haole Hideaway, TN
Posted: 18 days ago; 10:11 am   Permalink

I have no use for a freezer in the bar. I fill ice buckets from the house for the bar. That saves me a lot.

By having no freezer I get a lot more space. You can get a fridge without a freezer and thus a huge amount of extra space.

I use the door of the fridge as a speed rail. I keep honey, cinnamon syrup and lime juice on the bottom shelf, and soda, passionfruit syrup, cherries and pineapple juice cans on the top.

I use a lot of honey and cinnamon, so I have very tall glass bottles for that. they hold about 2 cups. That is the key to me. That door space has to hold my containers where I can get to them easily.

The next is the grapefruit juice which usually is a large bottle. That goes inside left for easy access.

My current fridge has no light. My last one had one and it was a nice plus.

whatever you get, I would pick it by the door shelves. How big of a container will it hold and how easy is it to get to. Those with built in can holders to me are worthless. We don't drink beer in the bar. My fridge is cocktail-centric. Everything I use out of it is in easy reach.

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Longboard
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From: Twain Harte, CA
Posted: 18 days ago; 11:41 am   Permalink

Hey Swanky,

Post a photo of the reefer with the door open.

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jimsflies
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From: Michigan
Posted: 18 days ago; 12:55 pm   Permalink

Post what fridge you have too Swanky.

 
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