New smoker has unexpectedly arrived

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by midwestcop, Oct 14, 2016.

  1. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    So a buddy of mine owns and hvac business, and i got this from him for free. Work starts this weekend on it, you can see my old pull handle fridge smoker next to it. Ive been gone fro here a while, been busy with work, but im retired now due to injury...anyways, here is the new beast, shes a bigggg girl lol
     
  2. smokinal

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

    Nice score!

    Al
     
  3. Lucky you
     
  4. wade

    wade Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    A good size smoker. Hot or cold smoking?
     
  5. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    BOTH!!!
     
  6. hardcookin

    hardcookin Master of the Pit

    Enjoy your retirement! Looks like the makings of a nice smoker!!
     
  7. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    Installed the stack on top today, also built a cold smoke generator. Did the black iron pipe parts setup with an inner air tube run off an aquarium pump i mounted underneath. For the chip chamber and burn area i used a section of fence post with post caps on top and bottom. I need to get some high temp epoxy or weld the small gap at the holes where the black iron goes through the post.
     
  8. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

     
  9. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    Just scored a 3 rpm gear motor for free!!! It was at an industrial plant i just happend to be at today and i spotted it in the scrap pile. Guy said he thinks its for an old conveyor belt system that has been replaced. This was a backup/replacement that never got used. So, obviously you know what this thing is going to become. I swear this thing could probably twist your hand off.
     
  10. greyape

    greyape Fire Starter

    Wow, that's one helluva motor!  220?  In a smoker, I cannot fathom what you would use that for unless you are making and compressing your own pellets for a pellet burner on the fly from raw wood...
     
  11. tripleq

    tripleq Smoking Fanatic

    Looks like a mega rotessory is in the works?
     
  12. greyape

    greyape Fire Starter

    Ooohhh, didn't even think about a rotisserie.

    Shoot, that motor will spin a whole cow! Mount that sucker in a walk in freezer converted into a smoker and I think you've got a winner!
     
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  13. tripleq

    tripleq Smoking Fanatic

    Now thats what Im talkin!

    an a side note, I like the looks of that old pull handle fridge .
     
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2016
  14. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    No its not a 220, but it does take a 10mfd run capacitor. the rotisserie install im putting on hold for a bit. I want to reinforce the area around where i mount the motor, as well as have it in a weatherproof housing, and i cant make up my mind how i want to do either yet.
     
  15. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    Oh and ya i loved my pull handle fridge, i had no plans to get rid of it until i was given this freezer. I gave it to one of my best friends who lost his smoker in a tstorm w some wicked microburst winds, his gas grill got wrecked like a car into his house, and nothing but the base of his smoker was left lol :rotflmao:so he has been without all year and hes someone who smokes food weekly like myself, so the pull handle was a huge upgrade for him.

    I will try and get some pics up today, i have the pid controller in, the heating element installed, and removed the fence post smoke generator, the thing worked great, but the chips got clogged up in it. So i just made the drink mix shaker version for a smoke generator. I had planned to use wood chunks on the heating element, but then i thought, why???? Why put my heating element through the wear of that? So ive done two smokes so far in it, a 3lb turkey breast, and about a 4 lb eye of round. Both came out AMAZING!!! Sorry no turkey pic, but heres the eye of round, smoked at 225-230, pulled at 135-140.

    After i pulled it i wrapped it in seran wrap then a towell and rested it for bout 15-20 mins, ive always used seran wrap for wrapping and resting meats. Not that foil is wrong, i just prefer the results of plastic wrap and how it seals it up so tight.
     
  16. midwestcop

    midwestcop Fire Starter

    Well ive done 5 smokes in this, and one 6 hour dry run at 350. As an hvac tech, im not on board with removal of foam insulation. I see zero evidence of an degradation in the insulation. Not sayin that years down the road it wont need replaced, but i doubt it.
     

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