questionschallenge: inexpensive, but quality wine…

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Easy enough, get a cheap refrigerator, and an external 120 volt thermostat you can set at perfect wine temperature to kill power to the whole fridge when the internal temperature reaches the right point.

as far as pre-built wine fridges, I've never seen a dual-zone wine fridge for less than $400.

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It depends on what size you want.
This one is small, but is also inexpensive:
http://www.dealsourcedirect.com/herhvtm12dabb.html

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@adadavis: That's a good find! @waltertangofoxtrot - now you can say you have.

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@bund9032: Well I'll be, a $110 wine Fridge.

Looks like you win this round... :-D

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@bund9032: Yup. Anyone who need a listing to bolster rep could list this. I'm not gonna, because I'm fond of my green triangle.

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@waltertangofoxtrot: Thank @adadavis. However, they don't currently have any in stock, so I think it would be a bunk deal posting. I'll still keep an eye out for them to add some. I noticed a couple 18 bottle dual zones in the 160 range, but I guess I'm hoping for the impossible: 12 bottle dual zone for sub 80....

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This is something that confuses the crap out of me. a Wine Fridge, is just a mini fridge, with a slightly better temperature controller on it, about $40 worth of temperature control at that, yet, they charge $10 to $30 per wine bottle slot.

This is similar to my confusion over how much they charge for a pre-built Keg-or-ator. again, its a MiniFridge, with a hole drilled in the top, and enough room to roll a half-barrel into it. One of my friends built one out of their old fridge, moved to the basement for $100 in parts (for the CO2 tank, the regulator, the tap handle) and this thing had plenty of room in it to store additional bottles of hooch, as well as frozen pizzas overhead.

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@waltertangofoxtrot: Couldn't agree more. My neighboor has a SWEEEEEET home built kegerator. He put two taps on it for the 1/4 barrels he buys. He is even thinking of adding a tap in the top freezer for Jager. Unfortunately I am Handy-capped and have no faith in my ability to pull off a homebuilt solution like you mention.

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@bund9032: There are lots of step by step instructions out there on building kegorators, wine coolers, etc.

this is the basic design Idea I had for one, until a doctor told me that me + 3 tap kegorator == baad baad plan, and then dropped scary words like "liver holes" "failure" "death by drinking" etc.

http://www.instructables.com/id/Chest-Freezer-Kegerator/

The concept is similar for building a wine fridge out of a standard fridge...