1943 Kelvinator Fridge smoker build

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by jmossiii, Dec 14, 2015.

  1. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    This is my first post and my first smoker! picked this up for $30 its just paint and bondo so far. I was thinking electric heating element and a cold smoke generator. just thought I would post and get some advice before I dig 

    into the conversion.


     
  2. cars

    cars Newbie

    Subscribing!  I have the same fridge and have been communicating with Dennis about doing The Pellet Pro conversion on mine.

    Hurry up and get it done so I can learn from your success/mistakes!
     
  3. bluewhisper

    bluewhisper Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome to the board! This adds new meaning to blue smoke.
     
  4. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    beauty,

    heat and smoke source options galore.
     
  5. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Update
    http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/co
    ntent/type/61/id/441385/width/200/height/400
    last pic is a cold smoker my friend and I built
     
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2015
  6. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Got the door gutted and found a nice painted sheet of metal to replace the plastic, decided I didn't like the idea of paint inside so took the metal off and burnt it in a pile of pallets. It warped so bad ! Soo I did what any red blooded male would do .... Took a ride on smooth drum compactor from work and ran it over a few times 😆 Doesn't look too bad
     
  7. hoity toit

    hoity toit Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    thats a very nice find...
     
  8. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Does the door fit properly now ?? If not, I have a remedy..... Dave
     
  9. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Don't know yet, the rope is coming in the mail tomorrow, and we will see. But it seems to close ok still latches
     
  10. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Though I am wondering if anybody has a suggestion on mounting the fire rope. Should I Put it on the door or the flashing around the box?
     
  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If the gap is not exactly the same, all around the door..... use the crossed strings method described below.....,

    http://www.thisiscarpentry.com/2013/08/09/problem-free-prefit-doors/


    Using the method above, with the interior door skin removed, will put the door in "plane" so when the skin is reattached, the door gap will be equal all around.... This is a very important step so the door will seal perfectly....
     
  12. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    update.
     
  13. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Got the heating element installed and the gasket on the door
     
  14. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

     
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    jmossiii Newbie

     
  16. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looking good! Time to see some Q!
     
  17. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Q ? Questions ?
    I could really use some shelving ideas it didn't have any and they seem pricey online
     
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2015
  18. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    BB "Q"

    For hanging meat, wood dowels work great. You can even use the wood dowels to support expanded metal for racks.

     
  19. jmossiii

    jmossiii Newbie

    Can anybody tell me if there is a reason not to use an aluminum pan as my chip pan? Is aluminum toxic?
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2015
  20. cars

    cars Newbie

    I use aluminum all the time for cooking. Can't imagine a problem. Aluminum foil gets used all the time.
     

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