I've lurked here for the last year or so and have learned a lot from all of your discussions and efforts, so first of all thank you for that. I need your help with making a few decisions on my build if possible. Before my questions I want to show you pictures of my old fridge. It's a General Electric, no idea what year. I can tell you that the inside is all metal except for the door, which was some sort of early plastic or fiberglass.I removed it. There's some slight rust.
As you can see I've removed the guts from the back and the front door, but other than that it's a fresh start. I want to have this ready for deer season so i need to start ordering parts right away. I plan to make this an electric smoker with no external smoke generation, but rather the AMAZN pellet smoker. Here's a parts list I'm considering and would appreciate your feedback on. If you can think of a way for me to do this better or cheaper I would appreciate it!
For the thermostat I considered building a PID,but it looks like I wouldn't save all that much money and I don't really want to spend the time wiring everything up. I'm most unsure about the thermostat. Do you have any alternative suggestions? I want to be able to set it to a certain degree (between 100F to 350F) and walk away for 6 hours. Will the one I linked above work with the element that I linked above that?
Another question I have is on the replacement door material. Can I just use sheet metal? Can anyone estimate how much I should expect to pay and where I should go for the material? I've seen some of you use silicone for the gasket material Is there a good source for that material online? I have more questions, but these are the big ones so far. THANKS SO MUCH FOR LOOKING/READING!