One new/old smoker

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by tylers, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. tylers

    tylers Newbie

    The build started off as a 1951 International Harvester fridge. I stripped it out, plugged all the wholes with guage plugs and gave it a good cleaning. Next came the element which I consulted the forum on and came to the conclusion that a 900w finned heater would work. I mounted the heater to the steel liner and cut a hole in the crisper door for it to act somewhat as a drip pan, then swaped out the glass in the shelf for some expanded metal.

    I was set on a smoke generator so my dad said he would tackle it. He built it with O-rings and it seals like no other.

    I am also lucky that my dad is a controls and meters guy so he had a ABB C50 PID laying arond that we decided to use along with a timer. The switches on the control panel are for power, the smoke generator air pump, and the timer.
  2. tylers

    tylers Newbie

    Next I headed to the scrap yard to get some aluminum for the stack, damper and shelving racks. The shelves will be 15x22. I also scrapped the plastic between the steel liner and the outer fridge.

    Finally it was time to run it a little. It will hold temps within 2 degrees of the set point once up and running and the smoke gun works fantastic.

    Its seasoning tonight so I might throw some meat at it this weekend. Thanks for all the help with the build.
  3. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Sweet build. Can't wait to see some tasty Q coming out of it. Great job[​IMG]
  4. treegje

    treegje Master of the Pit

    nice work,you go much pleasure to have [​IMG]
  5. the dude abides

    the dude abides Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Dude, that's a thing of beauty. We'll be expectin big thing outta you now!

    [​IMG]for a great build
  6. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Yes I have to agree with all these other guys that's some sweet looking smoker there. I too cann't wait to see the tin blue a flowing out of that one.[​IMG]
  7. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great build. Gotta love these old iceboxes getting a second life. Strong work.
  8. pepeskitty

    pepeskitty Smoking Fanatic

    Sweet looking rig. You will soon have some of the best stuff coming out of that refrigerator that it has ever seen.
  9. I just got an old fridge like that and am starting the search process for much info! Great to see finished products of a build and will continued to scrounge for more in-process pics. Sweet rig, love the paint job...thanks!
  10. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    That is one smokin smoker! You did an outstanding job. Wish I had the skills to do a build like that.

    Now get to cooking and show us the results!

  11. Quite pretty .. I lke the Finished look to the professinal PID and the fin place ment.. the paint it not to bad [email protected]!! keep it up and DO post of tasty Qview!...

    CHEERS --> HBBdBBq
  12. tylers

    tylers Newbie

    Thanks for all the kind replys. After smoking some wings, butts, and atbs, I have found that if I were to do it again I would probably run a larger heating element as this one takes 1 hour to heat the unit from 25 to 250 degrees. Not bad but the recovery time while opening for mopping or spraying takes a while. I am working on some heat retainers or capacitors to try to help cope with this. Otherwise it has been a pleasure smoking with it.
  13. mikeythai

    mikeythai Smoke Blower

    It's beautiful.

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