My Freezer to Smoker Build

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by brohnson, Jan 18, 2010.

  1. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    I picked this freezer up for free and I'm getting close to finishing it. I can't wait to getting smoking. I'm going to put duct work metal on the inside the door and I still need to get my shelves finished but I'll update those pics later.

    Going to give it a bath tomorrow!

    My hanging rack on top.

    With the plactic panel on the inside door.

    With it off and waiting for a piece of metal.

    This is the heating element and stat I'm going to use for it, it comes from the old smokey smoker.

    The Element,

    Here's the link,

    The Stat,

    Here's the link,

    Thanks for looking and keep tuned for additional info, hopefully I'll have this done by the end of this weekend.
  2. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Please do keep us up to date. Love to see these old units converted. Did one myself a few years ago and love it for things like salami etc
  3. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Nice unit. Those old Fridges/Freezers make great smokers, in my opinion. Plus they look cool. Doing mine right now as well, a backwoods clone. Should be ready in March ........I hope[​IMG]
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looking great so far. I'm also a huge fan of freezer or refer conversions. What kind of damper are you using. I can't see much of it, but I'm betting it's far superior to a "pie pan" style damper.
  5. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys, I'll post some of it all cleaned up later!
  6. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    you are also going to have to replace the beige plastic trim around the door opening. it will emit toxic gas once it is heated. it should not be too much trouble.
  7. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    OK what do I trim it out with, wood or something?
  8. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I am just starting my build, which has a similar plastic around the door opening, I was going to use hardwood, or have some sheet metal bent up. Also it is strongly recommended not to use galvinized or zinc coated hardware or sheet metal, it can be toxic as well. For the door I would reccomend 16 or 18 ga sheet metal (steel or alum)
  9. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I take it you mean the rubber seal? Get some of the stove basket used on wood stoves. Looks something like the seal on your oven door. Can be found at home improvement stores.

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