What did I just create??? A few questions at the bottom, if you don't mind helping please.

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by sodabiscuit1234, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. Hey guys,

    Long time lurker, first time poster.


    I just got an old fridge and decided to try and build a smoker from it.

    As you can see, it was plastic on the inside, and it has a bunch of fiberglass insulation.

    So I removed everything, but here is where I may or may not have messed up. 

    After removing the insulation, I decided to line the fridge with plywood.

    Now, I have no idea why I did that. Maybe because I thought it looked better, maybe because I did not like all the rust on the sides, but it's done now.

    Here is what I did with the rest. The bottom is just old disposable cookie trays.

    I just bought the racks and will be finishing this thing shortly.

    Ok, now that you've seen this very obvious rookie-build, I have a few questions.

    1) Was it a bad idea to line the fridge with plywood? I see a lot of homemade wood smokers and thought it would be ok.

    2) I was essentially going to use the same kind of set up as my brikmann charcoal smoker. Charcoal and wood chips in a stainless steel bowl at the bottom, bowl of water or ice above it, then the meats/fish/cheeses or whatever, on the racks above the water bowl.

    3) Again with the plywood - Am I safe to smoke things like ribs or pork shoulders in there? I'm guessing it'll get up to 200 degrees, maybe 225. Is this ok? Or did I just build a dangerous fire pit?

    4) If you suggest I remove the wood, should I line the walls with anything? 

    Ok, thanks for any and all help guys.

    Im used to working with my beat up old 'Big Chief' and my charcoal Brikmann. I figured those were such simple designs that I could build my own. I'm just worried about the wood.

    Here is some sockeye and a few cheesesI did last winter in those 2 previously mentioned smokers:

    Thanks for looking and helping out.

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