Exterior Kegerator Enclosure - Wood Type?

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Forum topic by BoilerUp21 posted 05-07-2020 01:32 AM 294 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2020 01:32 AM

Looking to build an exterior Kegerator enclosure for a friend. Something that will hold up to the summer elements, but also put on casters to put in a garage during winter. Any suggestions for wood? Was thinking cedar for the sides, but want to put a top on it that will withstand the elements, and beer spills.


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#1 posted 05-07-2020 01:52 AM

Anything exterior is going to be more about finish, and re-applying every year or two. I recommend something with a UV blocker like (many coats) of marine varnish.

-- ~Walker

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#2 posted 05-07-2020 08:19 AM

Not a great place for wood to be used: beer dispensing surface?

Most commercial units use stainless steel on top surface?
Could have a metal shop make a pan that 1-2” sides that fits over the top of box.

Maybe used solid surface?
Order a piece of solid surface countertop material from big box store, or kitchen remodeling supply. Can be cut/drilled with carbide tools. Not cheap, but durable enough for outdoors.

Check your local used marketplaces for old countertop sections, or scraps too.


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#3 posted 05-07-2020 01:16 PM

I would look into what most exterior wood furniture is made out of. I know mine get plenty of beer spills. But all my patio furniture is metal with washable cushions.

White oak is fairly typical for the classic Adirondack chairs. Cedar is a perennial favorite since it resists rot in wet areas. Ipe and teak are used on boat decks and some high end backyard decks, but they are typically very expensive.

All of these need a finish. If it will be in the sun with driving rain, there’s noting on the market that I know of that will last more than a couple of years.

I’d start by looking into spar/marine varnishes and see where that leads you. If you keep it in shade and under some cover from the rain, it will probably last longer.

-- Tony, SW Chicago Suburbs

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#4 posted 05-07-2020 03:47 PM

The cabinet could be made from solid cedar or how about T-1-11 house siding. There are several surface veneers available in the siding; including cedar and it can be purchased without the grooves. These can be stained with a deck sealer or if a natural wood appearance is not a requirement painted with exterior house paint which will last the longest.

You could have a SS metal top made or find one already the correct size or possibly one of the many kitchen counter top materials to avoid the problem of beer on wood.

-- Les B, Oregon

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