1956 GE Fridge Build With....Q-VIEW

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by chezey, Apr 15, 2014.

  1. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    I started this Build last December when I found the fridge on Craigslist. It was in pretty good shape except for the surface rust on the door. When I got it apart it all looked good on the inside. The bottom had some rust holes in it but there was still plenty to work with so I just covered it with aluminum instead of cutting it out and trying to replace it. 

    I have to give  special thanks to ..

    Goliath for a lot of help on what to use as a smoke generator. He gave me detailed info on what worked and didn't work for him along with other advice.

    DaveOmak for the simple yet very effective "Mailbox Mod" which I used and must say is an excellent idea.

    Pops6927 for his brine cure recipe that I used for some cured Pork Loin/Canadian Bacon that I have made several times that turned out amazing. Also for other advice and information he provided.

     Thanks for all the help guys.


    In pretty good shape,no serious rust.

    Inside looked but bad but was actually in great shape. Just a few small chips in the porcelain.

     Bottom had a few small holes but in good shape overall.

    Will add more when I have time. Thanks for looking.
  2. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Time for a few more pictures.

    Shelf supports made from 1" angle iron then coated with vegetable oil and baked on at 350 degrees before installing.

    This is the insulation I used. Pretty good stuff and reasonably priced.

    Insulated and ready for the tub to be installed


    Tub installed and test fitted for air intake and exhaust. Air intake hole is on the lower right side. Done this before I insulated it. This picture is not in order. All holes sealed.

    Used 20 Gauge sheet metal for the flashing and door skin


    Foam rubber door seal held in place with high temp food grade silicone. Got the door seal from Mcmaster-Carr. They sell it by the foot  or in precut lengths.

    Mailbox Mod attached. First test run to Season it and see if I could get the temps I wanted out of it and the TBS I was looking for.

    It was a cold and breezy day but everything worked great.
  3. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic


    now i look forward to more Q-VIEWS of all the goodness that comes out of it. kinda funny as i look at your pics and look back on my build.

    the brilliant white interior and so shiny. after a lot of sausage, butts, chicken, ribs, beans, nuts, cheese, salmon, mac and cheese and even smoked scalloped potatoes my smoker finally has that "smoker smell" and is pitch black inside as yours will also in the near future.

    HAPPY SMOKIN  and stay in touch

  4. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Thank you GOLIATH. It's starting to get that beautiful smoke color and smell. I think you will like the Q-Views. Have a few more build pics first. Can't wait to get to them myself.
  5. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Finally got it painted and installed in the garage.

    Vented outside so I cam smoke anytime. Don't have to worry about weather anymore.

    Powered by a Brinkman 1500Watt Heater and a Auber WS-1503CPH. Smoke generated by a AMAZN in the mailbox.

    Next post will be the Q-Views...........
  6. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    alot of that design sure looks familiar ...  HA HA HA

    nice rig ... and lets have more pics of that awesome shop ...  [​IMG]
  7. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    What can I say.......Great minds think alike...My wife calls all that stuff in the shop.....I call it treasures. More pics soon.
  8. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Ment to say junk. She don't see the value in my auction finds....lol
  9. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Now for some Q-VIEW

    First thing I cooked in it was some deer summer sausage.

    Stuffed and ready to go..

    Smoked with Hickory pellets. Love the color it gave them not to mention the taste.

    In the water bath.                                                                                                          

    Let bloom for a couple of hours

    Great texture and none of the fat melted
  10. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Here a few more if anyone is interested. A couple of 10 LB pork loins cut in half. Soaked in Pops6927's brine and injected. I let them cure for about 6 days. Top two are just coated in black pepper and the other two in Cajun seasoning.

    After about 4 hours cooking at 240F they reached 160 IT so out they came.

     Turned out very juicy and had excellent flavor....

    They sure didn't last long after they were sliced.. That's all for now. More later. Thanks for looking.
  11. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    nice looking stuff fella....

    i am guessing when i say its not canadian back bacon by the temp you smoked it at. but sure looks delicious.
  12. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    Basically it is Canadian Bacon I just cooked it at that temp to get it done quicker and it was very juicy. I froze some of it for a couple of weeks after I sliced them to see how it would effect it and I think it tasted better and was just as moist or a little more after I thawed it out..I got them on sale for $1.99 per pound the are usually about $3.00 per pound or more.Now for some more pics. More loin and three slabs of ribs. I got busy and forgot to take pics when they were finished but they turned out great.

    Did a few pork steaks and tasted as good as they look

  13. baysmoke

    baysmoke Newbie

    This post is exactly what I needed to get an idea of how I want to do my fridge! Thanks so much Chezey for the great post. I have the same fridge, I was thinking about replacing the interior box with one made out of stainless...I was given a sheet, so it was no money out of pocket. Although, the ease of just putting the existing box in is tempting.

    My question is, if you don't mind, what did you make your racks out of? They look nice and sturdy. Thanks!
  14. chezey

    chezey Fire Starter

    I used 3/8 mild steer rod for the frames and 3/4 flattened expanded metal for the shelves. For the shelf supports I used 1/8 x 1inch angle.
    It works really good but if you can it would be better to use stainless steel for all of it so you dont have to deal with rust.
    If the tub is porcelain it would be easier to just reuse it instead of rebuilding it but stainless sure would be nice to use if you have the tools and equipment to work with it.

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