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Hello all! I'm new to SMF (really smoking im general) and am just starting my first build and i could use a bit of help from you fella's that are well versed in these builds. I recently acquired an irreparable carter-haufmann SS commercial fridge. It has a stainless interior, fiberglass insulation in the walls, and the interior is roughly 5' x 2'.
My plan is to make a smoker/cooker out of this fridge with an electric heating element and a digital thermostat. I don't know if I would need a cold smoker or exactly what type of smoke generator because I'm not very familiar with smoking at all. The main thing I will be smoking in this box is deer sausage (tired of paying to get deer processed) . I could really use some help on what type of heating element, thermostat, and smoke generator to use. I'm not completely convinced that I need to use electric heat, I just figure that it is the easiest to control. If y'all have any suggestions, please feel free!
As soon as I figure out how to post some pictures from my IPhone I will do so!
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kjuncowboy61,

Welcome to the forums! welcome1.gif

 

You can read about my electric conversion here: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/115657/commercial-ss-fridge-build-my-first-try

 

If your fridge really has fiberglass insulation, you're already miles ahead of where I was when I started. It was still a fun project. Good luck!

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mneeley490, 

 

        I have been working on my smoker pretty slowly but gradually coming along and also acquiring materials. I also purchased a brinkman 1500 replacement heating element but I have some questions on how to get power to it from the thermostat. Did you use a relay? did you use just regular wire to get it power? and how did you connect the wires to the two prongs on the element?

 

Another question. Where did you get that stove rope? I've been looking for thick stove rope but can't really find any. Thanks for your help, I hope to have my smoker going soon so i can post some pictures.

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mneeley490, 


  I have been working on my smoker pretty slowly but gradually coming along and also acquiring materials. I also purchased a brinkman 1500 replacement heating element but I have some questions on how to get power to it from the thermostat. Did you use a relay? did you use just regular wire to get it power? and how did you connect the wires to the two prongs on the element?

Another question. Where did you get that stove rope? I've been looking for thick stove rope but can't really find any. Thanks for your help, I hope to have my smoker going soon so i can post some pictures.
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kjun, afternoon....

If you use a temp controller, you will need it to activate a relay to provide power to the heating element.... a 1500 watt element should have a 20 amp relay... preferably a SSR (solid state relay).....

Below is some of the rope available.....

Dave

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_3_12?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=stove+gasket+rope&sprefix=stove+gasket%2Caps%2C340
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Thanks Dave, I've purchased the 3/4 inch stove gasket from amazon and I thought it would work but it was 3/4 inch wide but only about an eighth of an inch think. Also, will regular thhn wire work for a smoker?

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Is the gasket built like a tube..... slip another gasket inside the tube to make it thicker.... Dave
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Originally Posted by kjuncowboy61 View Post
 

mneeley490,

 

        I have been working on my smoker pretty slowly but gradually coming along and also acquiring materials. I also purchased a brinkman 1500 replacement heating element but I have some questions on how to get power to it from the thermostat. Did you use a relay? did you use just regular wire to get it power? and how did you connect the wires to the two prongs on the element?

 

Another question. Where did you get that stove rope? I've been looking for thick stove rope but can't really find any. Thanks for your help, I hope to have my smoker going soon so i can post some pictures.

 

cowboy,

I used an Auber Instruments PID that is good up to 1800w. It is a plug-n-play, and the brinkmann element has a 3-pronged cord, so not much thinking was needed.

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