first smoke on the converted fridge

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by omahasmoker, Nov 19, 2009.

  1. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    after putting the smoke to my converted 50's GE fridge for a day and a half at temps ranging from 200-375 to season it and get the nasty plastic smell out of it, i am finally ready to start smoking for real.

    but first, some pics

    this uses the same size racks as my GOSM big block, so i have not had to buy any yet. i am using the original steel lower rack that came with it.

    i am using a NOS chromalux process control thermostat. the temp swing is a little wide, but it will do until i convert to a PID control in the spring.

    i used this 1250 watt finned strip heater. it puts out a ton of heat and you can watch the temp rise 30 degrees a minute once it cycles on.

    i am using 5/8 silicone automotive hose to handle the smoke duties. it works great so far.

    the electric smoker is not nearly as much work as the charcoal weber i started with or the GOSM BB i have been using. i just have to stir/add wood to the smoke generator once an hour or so. and it is incredibly quiet. the only noise is the aquarium pump.

    i will post qvue of the chicken tomorrow.
  2. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Can't wait to see how the bird turns out.
    Great looking smoker, nice job [​IMG]
  3. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    That thing is really cool and you did a great job and I cann't wait to see what it outs out.
  4. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    i fed the chicken quarters to the family. no complaints from them about the meat or from the dogs about the bones.
  5. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks great. Anxious to see it in action and the finished product.
  6. walle

    walle Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I LOVE your smoke box - using pipe with the caps is cool.

    Hereis a picture of the one one I built, my "Shot Gun" smoke box.

    Cut some slots in the bottom for air

    small grate to keep the charcoal off the bottom

    Thanks for sharing your new smoker.
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great, glad you got the plastic smell out...

    Where did you find the 1250 watt element?
  8. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

  9. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    i wanted to keep it simple. its made out of 3" schedule 40 sprinkler pipe. i can pick it up all day at the local plumbing supply house. the endcaps are ridiculously heavy. it probably weighs 15 pounds empty. i use the biggest aquarium air pump petco sells. it puts out a TON of smoke. i cant even be near the door when i open it to do something. the smoke it blinding at close range.
  10. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Thanks, If all else fails this may be a way to get my Bradley to get the temps up over 200º... At least it will be worth a try...
  11. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    i would think that you would need to install an external 15 amp relay to run it. i dont think that the bradley hardware will support 1250 watts.

    but once you got it installed and going, your temp problems would be over. this thing will get my converted fridge from 70 to 400+ in about 20 minutes.
  12. pantherfan83

    pantherfan83 Smoking Fanatic

    omahasmoker, I'm really impressed with your fridge conversion. I was wondering, how's the heat distribution? With the placement of the strip heater in the back and the fact that heat rises, is it hotter in the back of the racks than the front, especially the bottom/front? Do you have a fan to circulate the air, or do you use a heat shield/deflector not pictured? Where is the placement of your exhaust out the top? How big of a pipe did you use? Does air come in the bottom somewhere?
  13. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    i don't have a chimney proper at this point. i removed some of the flashing that i added to the edge of the door to make it seal. it was getting hard to shut the door once the silicone sponge i used for a seal "took a set" and hardened. so for now smoke just leaks out the upper edge of the door. there is a constant stream of smoke/air coming in the bottom from the smoke generator.

    the heat distribution is OK according to my polder digital thermometer.

    after last night, i have to put a cookie sheet on the lowest rack over the top of the strip heater. its so hot when running (it glows orange) that drippings hitting the heater turn into a flash fire event. it scared the beejesus out of me last night while flipping the chicken.
  14. builder59

    builder59 Smoke Blower

    Very nice done!!!
  15. phreak

    phreak Meat Mopper

    very cool, but you don't even want to know what that frig is worth fully restored, my guess is about as much as you would spend on a lang if you wanted to burn sticks
  16. zapper

    zapper Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I was thinking kind of the same thing.
    Actually I was thinking that there sits $2500 if that was an old Coke machine[​IMG]

    Good looking fridge conversion, I like the strip heater. Is it controlled just on/off or could a rheostat work with it too for a constant even heat?
  17. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    for now, its just on/off. i might add a rheostat later.

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