Old Fridge to New Smoker w/ Pics!!!!

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by brohnson, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Ok well here's the latest with my build, I'm pretty happy with this so far!!!

    Here's what it looked like when I got it.

    To this!!

    I cut out the little stand that was in there.

    Building a new floor to go in its place with the element.

    Now with it in place.

    I'll be able to adjust the heat from the back of my smoker and will not have to open the door.

    And the newly painted outside.

    All I've got left is to make the metal for the inside door, make a metal drip frame for the element and she'll be ready to fire really soon!!
  2. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Great work. Can't wait to see the finished product fired up and working.
  3. Looks Amazing!!! Keep posting them updates!
  4. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks great so far - nice work
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Itr looks like you have done a great job with your build. Now I would like to see it full of meat and a bunch of hungry Fire Figthers ready to chow down too. You guys are great and Thanks.[​IMG]
  6. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Keeps that big old thing outta the landfill and in a place where it has new life! I love it! Where's you get your element and how accurate/stable is it?
  7. etcher1

    etcher1 Master of the Pit

    Nice job![​IMG]
    I hopefully will get started on a frig conversion shortly.
    Like the heating element setup.
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks Great... Nice Job...[​IMG]
  9. thunderdome

    thunderdome Master of the Pit

    This looks like a blast to build
  10. wingman

    wingman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nicley done! [​IMG][​IMG]
  11. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    That is a great looking build so far. [​IMG] for the effort. Nice work.
  12. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    The heating element is from a "old smokey smoker", I got them both from ebay for around $60 all together. I have not ran the temp yet to see how close they are but I will very soon. [​IMG]
  13. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic


    The inside door with the sheet metal installed.

    The gasket installed.

    My drip shield installed.

    My element with my cast iron pan and drip shield.

    I'm going to test this thing out Sunday by breaking it in and putting some chickens in on Monday for my first smoke, I can't wait!
  14. mr mac

    mr mac Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    What about a water/sand bowl or will this be a dry smoker without some form of heat sink?
  15. acemakr

    acemakr Smoking Fanatic

    Looking forward to your test results.

    Great build.
  16. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Do I need a water bowl, I can put one in do I just set a bowl of water in there or what and does it help.
  17. I'm liking this build of yours. Looks like its going to do the job! Not sure about water - my current smoker is sealed so well its very moist inside anyways and I've never added water. Gas, charcoal need it I think.

    Where does your excess drippings go?
  18. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    they'll fall to the bottom of my fridge but my element is covered and an 1 1/2" off the bottom.
  19. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Very nicely done
  20. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking very nice! I don't know if your drippings will drip down with the plate that close to the heat source, might flare or sizzle and smoke, depending on your temps.

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