Fridge build

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by senorkevin, Mar 19, 2015.

  1. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    i bought an old fridge to dry cure. Turns out I couldn't have bought a worse one!
    On the upside, it'll save me from building a smoker from wood. Happy days!
    I think the inside is plastic. Do I need to remove all the plastic, rubber door seal and Insulation? I'm going to use a propane/lpg ring burner.
    Thank you in advance for ANY info.
     
  2. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    Short answer. Yes. Get rid of all of it and the insulation too.
     
  3. Good Advice

    Gary
     
  4. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    Perfect. So all I want is just the metal casing of the fridge?
     
  5. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    Progress!
    So I should remove all the insulation?
     
  6. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    I also have these racks. Is there anyway I can remove the coating and use the racks?
     
  7. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    Inside fridge as of this moment.
     
    Last edited: Mar 20, 2015
  8. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    Progress
     
  9. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    I'm concerned about the thickness of the metal. What can I do to improve it?
     
  10. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    I was thinking to use wood to line the smoker. Should I use the for the outside of the smoker or vise versa?
     
  11. I would consider using rock wool insulation and building a smaller inner cabinet to compensate for the insulation, if that makes sense and if you have the means to fabricate it.
     
  12. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    A wooden inner cabinet?
     
  13. I wouldn't but you could probably use wood if you insulate with Roxul. Roxul safe and sound is 3 inches thick. You can put a lit propane torch on one side and your hand on the other and not feel a thing!
     
  14. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    How would I apply it?
     
  15. Hello.  Those racks are a no no and the insulation will just lay in place.  Keep Smokin!

    Danny
     
  16. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    I was planning on removing the pvc covering on the racks. Still a no no?
    Dont I need the insulation suck on the top of the smoker? Doesn't the insulation have glass in it? What if the glass falls onto the product?
     
  17. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    have a liner built that will fit inside the shell leaving 2-3" walls with Roxul insulation, any rating, buy the cheap one cheap, use the thickness and to determine how thick you are going to make the walls.
    If you buy the 2" thick Roxul then measure the liner so that the walls measure 2" thick. it sucks cutting any insulation thinner.

    use a bread knife when working with Roxul. Its works like a hot knife through butter.

    you will need to make a frame on the bottom to support the liner. No point in making it following the bottom of the shell.

    some 1x1 steel square tubing would work fine.

    honestly you in for a big project, its almost not worth the material you need to put into it to make it worth while.

    if you've got every thing you'll need for this one to do it properly you'll need a full shop.
     
  18. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    and the racks are no good.

    youll need to have new ones made. 18g-ish expanded metal with 3/8 steel round for edging will work fine.
     
  19. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    Which racks?
    Thanks Mike. That is some great info :)

    I'll post a pic of where I am at the moment. All I have is the shell of the fridge. I was thinking on insulating the outside of the shell and covering with wood on the outside.

    I was hoping to get some stainless steel bolts to support the racks.
     
  20. senorkevin

    senorkevin Smoke Blower

    I was hoping to file down the racks and re use those using the ss bolts as supports. Maybe a few poles to hang near the top. I have no idea about the door but it looks great to fill with insulation.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2015

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