Question on a 1940's GE fridge build

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by woodmann, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. woodmann

    woodmann Newbie

    Yesterday I dismantled an early 1940's (so I am told) GE fridge.  Apparently cardboard was originally designed to be insulation, not for making boxes.  Who knew?  Anyway, I'm down to the bare metal, so to speak , and there is something that looks like beeswax that was used to seal the inside seams of the outer shell of the fridge.  There was also a 3 inch wide piece of cloth that is impregnated with this stuff that sealed between the inner box and outer shell of the fridge.  I tore off a strip and rolled it and lit it.  It burns like a candle, melts and runs like wax and rehardens when away from heat.  It is tacky to the touch.

    Anyone know if it is beeswax?  If not, am I going to die heating and scraping it out?
     
    Last edited: Sep 11, 2015
  2. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    It's jot beeswax, but it much like candle wax if it isnt. Scrape off as much as you can when it's cold, it won't burn off when taking a torch to it on the metal, it just thins out and spreads, I tried. I scraped it, heated it and removed the reside while it was warm with a soapy scrub pad. Sounds like my GE fridge. Got your pm. I would do a few things different if I was building the same fridge again.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2015

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