I was introduced to to your site by a genuine smoker from NY named Dan. I found his youtube video on building a smoker from an old fridgeA Ukranian friend of mine I call Jeff the yo yo mon. and I decided we needed to learn to smoke and I happened to have a old 1920's westinghouse at an acreage my wife and I recently purchased. We followed Dans design to a tee I think except for the camo paint job...Dans camo looks better than the job we did but we still think it looks pretty redneck high tech (as Dan described the one we copied from him). Anyway, we have completed most of the smoker AND READY TO FIRE IT UP SOON, Can you tell I am excited? lol
Jeff and I have venison in the freezer from this fall and we will also be buying a pig right away. We love jerky and want to make our own but why not learn everything we can about smoking when we have the meat and a smoker right?. We are real beginners so doing lots of reading and could use some advice on here from time to time for sure. We want to be able to cold smoke and hot smoke using the same smoker if possible. Any comments or advice on the design are welcome. In the pictures the fire box is not finished. I have to decide if I will go right into the side of the fire box or raise the fridge and cut down the legs and use the 90. The drawer on the floor is all metal and original from the fridge. I planned to install it under the fridge as a working drawer no matter what because I love the original chrome. One thought was to use it for an electric stove as a possible solution for cold smoking so we would have to cut out the bottom of the fridge to do it but not really sure I like that idea. I would have to cut through both bottom layers of steel and remove the insulation. Anyway I am rambling, nice to be introduced to all you smokers, look forward to joining you!