Hello everyone I am completely new to this whole thing so im gonna have a million questions. I have a old refrigerator and want to convert it into a smoker. My problem is I know absolutely nothing about smoking. I have zero idea on how or what is needed to do it or how it is actually done. For the sake of argument lets all act like im 10 years old and it will go much smoother lol. my question list is long. So I will start with this. What do I really need to make a smoker? Can I make one without using a hot plate? What I mean is can I hot smoke with just wood coals and chips or wlll this not get hot enough. is a smoke box a better idea for a refrigerator bud since I could keep the big door closed and in therory keep more heat in. im really looking for an almost step by step guide from start tl finish on building one of these and have yet to find that on this site. Im using my phone so it is hard to navigate. If there is a thread that will help id love a link to it. I know this is out there and more in depth than people might be willing to invest in. I just have to try before I start doing it on my own so I don5t mess it up to bad. Any ways any and all advice would be so helpful and appreciated. Thank you all for yohr time and advice. kevin.