I recently obtained a used Southbend gas convection oven from my buddy Nick. The unit was salvaged for parts. All that was left was the shell. I liked the size and durability of this stainless steel unit. Thought it would be a great electric smoker build.
The first thing I did was wire wheel off all the rust on the legs. Then I painted the legs black and fastened them to the unit.
Here's how it looked:
Notice the hole on top? I cut a 4" hole to accommodate a stainless steel chimney purchased from Sausage Maker:
I did a lot of research on smoke generators. I was about to pull the trigger on a Bradley Generator but I got a really good reference for a Smoke Daddy from a local chef that I talked to at a recent BBQ cook off. I am excited to do some cold smoking with it as well. I ended up with the larger Magnum unit:
The next step was to refurbish the outer shell of the oven. This was just cosmetic. I obtained some diamond plate. I retro fit the diamond plate to cap and cover the outer parts of the oven.
This is how it looks with the diamond plate, chimney, and Smoke Daddy installed:
Now that it looks clean, new, and full of "bling" it's time to see if it can live up to it's intended task!! On order is a dual control PID and fin heater element. Updates to follow.