Coke machine smoker

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by frosty91, Jun 9, 2015.

  1. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Got a coke machine, gonna turn it into a smoker, it's an old one, all metal inside, my grandpa did the same thing to an old one, any tips or ideas to help?
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nope but I will be watching
     
  3. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

     
  4. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I once saw a smoker that a guy made from an older one, this style:  Wish I had one like that. I will be watching this build. [​IMG]

     
    Last edited: Jun 9, 2015
  5. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower


    The inside of machine
     
  6. Guess I'm telling my age, I remember using both of them, and the old style they just filled with ice.

    Gary
     
  7. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Lol they are getting harder to find, I picked this one up for 100 bucks didn't think I got to bad of a deal
     
  8. tumbleweed1

    tumbleweed1 Smoking Fanatic

    I won't be any help but it's a cool machine & I will watch this one.

    I used to like the ones that opened like a chest freezer & you "guided" your bottles through the little maze to get them out after depositing your dime.

    Where in Illinois are ya?

    TW
     
  9. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    I

    I've never seen that type but sounds cool! And I'm from effingham illinois
     
  10. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Started some tearing apart today and found out the inside is lined with galvanized :/ if I'm not mistaken galvanized is a big no no for smokers right?
     
  11. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yup. You'll want to replace it with some sort of steel.
     
  12. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Yeah I got it all tore out of there I'll post some pics later this week. Got a good start on it today than got called out on storm work. Always comes at the times when you got things going on. Oh well $$$
     
  13. Galvanized is not nearly as bad as some people think. You might only need to replace the inside top so condensate doesn't drip on your food. There should be no direct food contact with galvanized, but there are smokers with galvanized walls and fasteners. You also wouldn't want galvanized in the firebox.
     
  14. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Did some work on the Coke machine today. Inside is gutted I cut a hole in the bottom of the cook chamber/top of fire box for the heat and smoke to travel thru. I'm trying to decide what to do with the firebox, because on the front and back it is vented metal. Maybe put new sheets of metal for it or just behind it to keep the Coke machine look original. Also brainstorming ideas to get charcoal in the firebox while cooking. Here's some new pics. Any ideas are appreciated.
    hole cut

     
  15. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    The fire box, has vents as you see.
     
  16. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    This is where the change dispenser use to be, I think eventually I'm going to put hooks in it to hang my untensils and what not
     
  17. mneeley490

    mneeley490 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Keep the change slot, and tell your guests that they have to insert quarters to keep the heat & smoke going. You will have it paid off in no time!  [​IMG]
     
  18. frosty91

    frosty91 Smoke Blower

    Lol I'm keeping it on the outside of the machine just tearing the guts out of the inside. Good thinkin tho lol
     

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