I am in a quandary. I picked up a Victory VF-1 Commercial Freezer for free. I was told it no longer worked. The original idea was to convert it into a smoker as a project. I am a recreational smoker and clearly don't need anything this big (I already have MES 30).
They threw in 8 stainless steel racks that fit perfectly (original were epoxy/plastic covered racks).
The guy that loaded it up cut the thermometer wire when he removed the front plate so the thermo doesn't work.
So, I get it home, plug it up and voila it DOES work. Hence my quandary (at least one of them). This is a very expensive commercial freezer and even though it was free, I am not sure that it make sense to convert. The insulation is polyurethane foam and rated probably only to 180 to 250 degrees. I ran it overnight night and it went to below 0 degrees (below the limit of thermo I bought to test)
One of my chemical industry buddies indicated it was risky so I am looking for other options.....Here are a few.
- Sell it for $1,000+ (new are listed at $7,000) and buy some new golf clubs
- Sell it for $1,000+ and buy a kegerator.
- If I can find a way to regulate the temperature to say 35 degrees, convert it to fridge and 3 tap kegerator
- Go ahead and convert to smoker (thinking electric)
- Convert to smoker and sell it for $1,000+ (can you imagine how many butts and ribs this thing could handle?)
- Other ideas????
If I go the smoker conversion route, I'd rather not go through the time and effort to remove the interior skin (aluminum), remove polyurethane foam insulation, replace with Roxul and recover in stainless. So, looking for alternatives to that if I can find a simple solution. Here are a few that I have come up with by searching the internet and this site (as well as a few of my own).
The idea on the first couple of these is to create a temperature barrier that will not allow the interior temp maximum (thinking 300 degrees) to make it to the polyurethane.
- Line the interior sides with concrete fiber board
- Line the interior sides with concrete fiber board and cover that in aluminum or stainless sheet.
- Attach welding blanket to interior sides
- Attach welding blanket to interior sides and cover that in aluminum or stainless sheet
- Attach some sort of high temp insulation (roxul, fiberglass, etc.) to the interior and cover that in aluminum or stainless sheet. In this case, if I can find 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch insulation I'd like to use that so as to not lose too much interior space and so that I can still use those awesome stainless racks.
There are some plastic interior fascia parts including the inside of the door so would also need to do something with that.
Here is a pic and any ideas, advice, etc. would be welcomed.