Does anyone have experience and recommendations for a good fridge/freezer for conversion into a kegerator? I'm basically choosing between a full sized fridge, a mini-fridge and a chest freezer. I'll likely start by using it just as a fridge for kegs and lagering and one day make the kegerator conversion. My priorities are to be efficient, fit at least 2 5 gallon soda kegs, cost-effective and not completely unsightly. Here is what I already know....
The full size fridge seems a little big for my needs, I live in an apt and would rather not have an additional full refrigerator/freezer. I have no yard, garage or basement to stash it. The advantage is they are abundant and cheap on craigslist (although most are not in great condition).
The mini fridge seems popular and there are some good conversion tutorials online. Unfortunately when I go looking I rarely see any that would actually work. Either they are very small or contain bulky freezer boxes or crispers that get in the way.
The chest freezer seem perfect, aside from being a freezer. The inside is large and open and they are relatively cheap and compact. I own a temperature controller but have never used it. Will the constant turning on and off of the freezer damage the compressor? How often should I expect it to flick on and off, is it annoying? My fear is I'll go away and come back to find either the compressor died or the controller did and the beer is either warm or frozen solid.
Any and all experience welcome!