What to Do?

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by smokingohiobutcher, Jun 30, 2010.

  1. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I got this display cooler from my work to put into my garage. It works a little (cools some but not very cold)so i had a neighbor that works in refrigeration come over and take a look at it. He says it can be fixed but would be pretty costly,and would not promise it would be fixed for long. He says once these self contained cooling units get plugged and overheat, they have a tendency to keep breaking down. Sooooo now I have a delimma!?!?!?!?!?!What to do with this tall insulated box with a circulation fan inside and a tempered glass door that has a tight seal ???????AAAAAAAAAAHA!!!!!!!!I've got it !! Make my in the garage  electric smoker!! But I just picked up an old fridge for that......What am I to do?  Anyone in my area looking for an old fridge for a build????

        Heres some pics!



     Heres the back.


    Here is the top on the inside it has a circulation fan up behind the panel.


    The bottom with a drain!!


    the side brackets already mounted.


    what do you all suggest I should do???

    Last edited: Jun 30, 2010
  2. adiochiro3

    adiochiro3 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Wow!  My wife would kill me!!!!!  [​IMG]   The Gatorade fridge definitely has the potential for a one-of-a-kind smoker!
  3. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    lets see, it cools only slightly, has a good seal, and has a circulating fan...................hmmmmmm. ever think of smoking

    cigars!!!!!!!!!!!! that thing would make a great humidor!
  4. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Only problem with the humidor is that it does eventually overheat the compressor and kick the breaker in the house.

    I wish it wasn't soo much to fix cause I would like it for a "second fridge" in the garage.  Oh well, I guess I will have to smokerize it!  I want to use a finned strip heater like smokindwarhal did with his fridge conversion.  I am wondering if I will have to strip the paint off the inside or it will be ok???I would like to use it to smoke everything from ribs to jerky to cheese.  I will hopefully be using the 8 x 8 A-MAZE-N MEAT SMOKER when it becomes available for the smoke generator. I will attach a sealed exhaust that will exit out of my garage window so I can use it during the winter months. I want to use a pid controller as the control panel for the system (am gonna need some help with this) Mrs SOB is already rolling her eyes at me as I am drooling all over just thinking up this list!  Any suggestions would be helpful!!


  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    I'm thinking a smoker too. Now I have seen those boxes at work too but I have never brought one home thou.
  6. jak757

    jak757 Smoking Fanatic Group Lead

    That is awesome!  I'm looking to build a curing chamber, and something like that would be great.  

    Can't wait to see pics of your GatorAde Smoker (GAS)....SOB has GAS..... ???
  7. fftwarren

    fftwarren Smoking Fanatic

    if there was a way to keep that class from staining with smoke, that would be an awesome smoker. It would be so sweet to just easily see your meat as it smokes
  8. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice score you old SOB!

    I can't wait for this production----Gatorade "Super Smoker" for sure!

  9. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    OOPS!!! Excuse me!   It just slipped out!
  10. smokednarwhal

    smokednarwhal Meat Mopper

    That is quite a find and I definitely see lot of potential there.  Getting out all the rubber and plastic will probably be a chore.  I was surprised how much there was even in the 1950's fridge I converted.  If you have an interest in cold smoking, slap on a smoke generator and shelving or dowel rods and you are ready to go.  That thing is so tall and with the glass door I can picture nice long strings of sausage hanging in there!   Can't wait to see what you do with it.
  11. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    That is one nice unit...
  12. smokingohiobutcher

    smokingohiobutcher Master of the Pit OTBS Member

      Yessir I love smoked cheese!  your build is the inspiration for mine and if you dont mind I will be bugging you with a lot of questions???? Sausage, beef sticks and snacksticks are in the future.  gonna have to try bacon again too.



  13. smokednarwhal

    smokednarwhal Meat Mopper

    No problem SOB, ask away.  That is what this place is all about.  I have some turkey legs and a bacon wrapped pork tenderloin in the smoker right now.  I'll post some q-view when its done.
  14. solaryellow

    solaryellow Limited Mod Group Lead

    I am thinking dry cure chamber for salami and ham. Look at what DangerDan did for his freezer build. I can't see why it wouldn't work.
    Last edited: Jul 4, 2010
  15. danmcg

    danmcg Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I'm with solar on this one...it would be perfect for dry curing sauasage and meat!
  16. SOB

    I thought you might be interested in this recent build I did for a friend....

    I finally got around to building another big smoker for a friend of mine. This one started life as a commercial fridge. It will be direct vented in his heated garage as well.  It has 2.5 inch thick insulated walls and a 4 inch thick insulated top. We decided we would leave the glass in the door and see how it fairs. It's a thermal pane with tempered glass and so far so good. The element is a 3000 watt 220 volt oven element. We wired this one up the same as my other big smoker with a separate controller & contactor which operates as a high limit safety because this smoker is also going into a heated garage. Anyway, here's some pictures....

    The first couple of pictures are when it first came to life.... It's like having a new baby!  :D


    I used a little different style of vent on this one. It's a 4 inch pipe with a butterfly plate in it. Once the smoker is in it's new home it will be under a 250 cfm range hood spaced about 1 inch above the vent.


    This shows the deflector shields I installed to deflect any grease drips into the pans that are foiled lined. Makes for easy quick clean up.

    This shows the control panel. Temps aren't the same because this was taken just after we fired it up for the first time. We've got it dialled in now.

    This is the wiring diagram I did up for my other smoker. This one is exactly the same except there isn't a blower in it.

  17. roller

    roller Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Well you did it up right...

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