While I love my Old Country, fire breathing, wood burning Smoker...I have decided that I wanted something that was more along the lines of set-it and forget-it! Years ago I used electric bullet smokers with great success...wore/rusted out 7 of them. So I was sort of used to leaving my smoker unattended for an hour or so. This prelude brings me to my new project...
I have started construction of my refrigerator smoker. I have been reading, with great interest, all the refrigerator/freezer build threads in this Forum. Excellent stuff and a great knowledge base for me to work off of. My thanks to all those that have traveled this road and posted for others (me) to benefit from! :)
My General Electric unit is metal lined and the insulation appears to be Rock Wool. I, like many others, found the inside door panel was not metal, but some sort of plastic...possibly Bakelite (an early plastic). I have noticed on many builds that the trim panels between the front of the inside cabinet and the outside cabinet have been left in place. While they appear to be, and feel like metal,...on this unit they are not. A magnet confirmed my suspicions. They are made of the same material as the door panel. So...I have removed them. In the picture below, the top trim panel was still in place...but was removed after the picture was taken.
This is my basic plan… It will be electric with one or two U shaped burners (about 3”x20”) to provide the heat. Control will be managed by a PID controller (JLD612). Smoke will be via an A-Maze-N Smoker (Thanks Smoking Meats Forum…). I will be looking at several different ways of managing the air-flow…from intake to exhaust, heat management and waste/drippings management. I will keep this thread updated as the build progresses.
Your comments, suggestions and guidance will always be appreciated!
Again…and always…My thanks and gratitude to SMF and its members for providing the amazing knowledge base that exists here. Good Stuff!