draft beer faqs

Can I keep my keg refrigerator setup in my backyard or on my porch?

Almost all keg refrigerators are designed for indoor use only. For the most efficient operation, refrigerators should be located in a cool place out of direct sunlight, away from heating ducts or registers, and away from heat producing appliances such as a range, oven or dishwasher.

Keep in mind that the warmer the surrounding ambient temperature, the harder the refrigeration compressor will work to maintain the 36-38° F internal temperature which is critical for most ale and lager type beers. Also, the surrounding temperature should never exceed 110° F (43° C) or drop below 10° F (-12° C).

Keg refrigerators not specifically designed for outdoor use will not perform well in the warmer outside temperatures. The compressor will be stressed working to maintain the 36-38° F internal temperature, this will lead to the compressor overheating and eventually burning out.

There are a few models of keg refrigerator that are specifically designed for outdoor use. However, these units are usually quite expensive because they are typically designed with a heavy duty compressor unit and higher rated insulation in order to withstand the warmer outdoor temperatures.

If you intend to use a keg refrigerator outdoors, be sure to purchase a unit specifically designed for outdoor use.