Let me try again 1946 Servel natural gas frig

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by scrappynadds, Dec 13, 2011.

  1. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    What i was wondering is if there is anyone who has used a 1946 Servel and turned it into a electric smoker. What should i be looking for as far as interior box goes. I have been reading and found that some people are really unhappy with there frig once they get it home and this one weights a ton (with the boiler in it) and i'm just trying to get ahead of the game....
  2. pops6927

    pops6927 Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You want an interior metal box, not plastic (don't think it was invented yet, lol!).  See if you can remove a panel or trim and peek inside and see what kind of insulation it has between the inner and outer skins, probably some kind of wool or batting; if so, pull on a bit of it and snag a piece and see if it lights easily.  If it does, you will have to remove it and replace it with a fire retardant material by very carefully removing either the inner or outer shell, so you can put it back together or re-skin it with another material (aluminum flashing, stainless steel, just not galvanized).
  3. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks alot POPS i really apperciate the advice...........Have a great Christmas and maybe i will have a project to work on during the holidays
  4. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    I would bet money it has rock wool.Do not get into it it makes fiberglass look nice .
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011
  5. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    Mike ARK

    If I need to remove it what is the best method or is it better to just add some nonflameble insulation to it. I have had a few run in's with fiberglass and we just dont get along.......
  6. michael ark

    michael ark Master of the Pit

    Rook wool is nonflammable.Just leave it .
  7. with insulation removal...just be prepared for the worst and you'll be fine.  Gloves taped to a long sleeve shirt, face mask of some kind so you don't breathe in fibers.

    Have someone else brush you off before removing the clothes & for God's sake if you're married don't remove the clothes in the house or you'll be sleeping on the couch - just sayin!

  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Rockwool is NASTY to work with

    It's used to insulate boilers, so leave it in.

    Remove all the piping and boiler.  This will definitely help with the weight.

    These old Servel Fridges used "Ammonia" in them, so beware of the stink.  Make sure you dismantle the thing outside, so you don't burn your lungs with the Ammonia!!

    A simple hot plate will work for heat.

    Use a cast iron pan for chips

    Hole for an intake and exhaust

    Use a damper on each end to control the draft

    There's some pretty good fridge builds on the forum

  9. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    I think you just broke my heart..............I was planing on a replacement element with a PID and a smoke generator but what your saying is i only need a hot plate
  10. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Nope, just a suggestion to get by

    You can add a heating element and a PID

    Heck, add anything you want

    The Hotplate was just a way to get up and running, before you invested a lot of $$$

    Some of the fridge builds I've seen o here are pretty cool!

  11. scrappynadds

    scrappynadds Smoking Fanatic

    That's great news. I want to cold smoke which I never have done before and I was hoping this frig and the set up ideas i have gotten from this site and my own will make this new adventure even more exciting. Just the thought of tearing into this frig and putting what i have on paper into practice is a great filing....Thanks again for the advice........

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