Hello everyone. New guy here with some questions (imagine that!!). I came across a Welbilt commercial fridge and want to do a conversion. I've done some reading through the threads and got some good ideas. My goals are to have a electric heating source, figuring a 1500w heating element should be adequate. I would like to be able to smoke from low temps up to standard temps for ribs and brisket. Still debating if I want to use a smoke generator or a chip tray, leaning tor ward the tray for the simplicity.
I did a test on the foam insulation. When I lit on fire, the flame was small and burned for 3-4 seconds before going out. Not sure if that means I have the good insulation or not, if someone could let me know that would awesome.
Regarding the door seals, I see everyone using the rope gasket. I know some people with commercial smokers and they their doors are sealed with a rubber gasket. Is this something to look into doing or should avoid it.
My schedule is pretty hectic and don't get alot of time to read through all the post to find all this info. If someone can point to a few threads or links that cover alot of the standard do's and don'ts of fridge converting. I would like to keep this a simple quality build and don't want to waist time and money on unnecessary trial and error, just wanna get it right.
Thanks alot in advance for all the help.