To all of you who have Fridge Smokers!

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by nekramp, Feb 15, 2012.

  1. nekramp

    nekramp Smoke Blower

    Fellow Smokers -

     I did a test run on my element in my fridge tonight and about 20 minutes in, I was up to about 170 degrees.  Does this seem like a normal time to get up to that kind of temp?  I was inside and the ambient temp is around 60 degrees. Just curious if I should be getting a bigger element?  

  2. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    I don't know how big your Refer Smoker is or what size element you are using...But in my 4.3 Cubic Foot MES with 1200W element it takes around 30 mins to get to 225*F...So that don't sound to bad...JJ
  3. tjohnson

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

    Pics would help

    How many watts?

    120v or 220v?

    Using a PID controller?

  4. nekramp

    nekramp Smoke Blower

    My fridge is about 6 cu f.  I'm using a 1250w finned element and it will eventually be controlled by a PID.  I just have it hard wired to a extension cord right now.  
  5. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Thats not bad...looks like it will havefast recovery..remember that when you first turn it on the smoker is cold, so to get to that temp in 20 mins is great.

    Recovery wont be as long once the smoker is hot.  Thats my 2 cents.
  6.    Nekramp, I did a bit of experimenting with a large SS freezer I plan to build some day. I was playing with 1K hotplate and I could get the air temp in the box up similar to what you are experiencing, but If I added some large, cold items in the box it changed everything. My guess is you would need more wattage if you want to get to temp fairly quickly and be able to recover quickly after a door opening. You might try increasing the thermal load and see what results you get.

     Good luck on your build.


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