My name is Dick and I live in Caldwell, Idaho. I recently retired and decided to take up smoking meats in memory of my father, Robert. Dad had built a smoker from an old refrigerator and it had been out beside my mother's garage since he passed away in 2005. I drug it out of the scrap pile and proceeded to restore it. It is an electric smoker and he had used 220v components from a discarded electric range to power. The dial thermostat was shot and there was a lot of rust in the bottom. I restored the fridge with a new 220v capillary dial thermometer, new coil heating element, and a coat of paint. My wife put a sign on it that says "Bob's Smokehouse". Now I get to think of my dad every time I use the smoker. To date I have done mostly fish (kokanee and trout) and pork shoulder. I am looking forward to many more years of smoking but have realized the smoker will need an upgrade to the temperature controller. Take care and God bless!