How to "Season" a fridge??

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by driedstick, Nov 4, 2011.

  1. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    New here and just want to say from the posts I have been reading this is a cool site, I am building my first fridge smoker, I have a 1940's fridge with metal all inside, and I have been reading about seasoning it before your fist use, can someone help me on this, I have read that you put peanut oil on the inside and smoke it up or just smoke and some say just get it to a high heat and start from there?? I am getting ready to put in chim. tonight and PID next week end will hope to get pics uploaded. I right now I am using a electric element and figure can get it to about 200degrees, will try tonight   Thanks for any info. Steve,
  2. tulsajeff

    tulsajeff Master of the Pit Staff Member Administrator OTBS Member


    Glad to have you here.. great job on the fridge smoker and if you get a chance, post some pictures. We love to see stuff like that!

    I have not built one of those myself but you should be able to use a standard seasoning process to get it ready for cooking, I normally wipe/spray peanut oil (or any vegetable oil will work) on the interior walls of the smoker. Try to get the smoker up to about 225-240 degrees or as close to that as you can and run it through a 2 hour smoke only with no food in it. The smoke will permeate the walls of the smoker and prepare it for use with food.

    There are quite a few folks here who have built fridge smokers and they may be able to give you some further details on what works best with this process.

    Once again, welcome to the forum!!
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    [​IMG]    Glad to have you with us!

    Sounds like you may want to get a bigger heating element, so you can get the temps up above 200.

    Sure wish you would post some photo's. It sounds really cool!
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

  5. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Did you season it yet??
  6. jalan43

    jalan43 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    Nice fridge!  I have to agree with Al. You might want to get a bigger element. I bought a 1500 watt element from Cabela's for $40. I am using a UDS and my Temp gets up to 230 degrees. Good luck and keep us posted!

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