Originally Posted by LAMC-Smoker
This is the insulation. After removing it, the bottom is pretty rusty. So that's my next step. Larry
That looks just like the same crap that was in my fridge build. It's like a cellulose, fibrous crap. It sticks to everything. I also ran into rust on the bottom of my fridge as well. This stuff must have an awesome ability to hold moisture that builds up during humid weather and condensates on the inner shell and then weeps down to the bottom of the shell. I ended up bending a piece of sheet metal just to line the bottom of the outer shell, wish I had a picture for you.
Originally Posted by KC5TPY
Hello Larry. WOW! That insulation was pretty bad, but the problem now is the rust. You just GOTTA save that fridge. Gonna make a GREAT lookin smoker. Wire brush that dude within an inch of it's life, use some off the shelf rust treatment, spray with high temp paint just to be extremely safe ( the paint should seal any rust treatment product used in this application ), line with Rockwool , slide the interior back in and you are rockin and rollin. I have a 1955 fridge I plan to convert. I have had it for months but been really busy. If I may offer a suggestion. I know many folks paint their own smokers and have done a great job. My problem is that I have no place to store my fridge smoker. I checked with my car guy and if I do all the prep-work I can get a professional paint job with quality car paint for around 80.00. I know that may seem a lot but with the work you are investing and you want that smoker to last for years; worth thinking about. Just ideas to mull over. Good luck and keep the picts coming. Keep Smokin!
The Rockwool is an excellent suggestion. That is what I insulated mine with and it holds heat like a mother. When I do an all night smoke, the exterior is still cold to the touch after 12 hours. It's unreal. It's also considerably heavy, so, if you are putting castors on your fridge, be sure to have a sturdy frame on it to hold it up. Also, 80 bucks is a reasonable deal for automotive paint if it includes clear coat. If I were to charge for a paint job like I did on mine, plan on dropping $250.00 and that would still be a good deal. Here is a link to my build: http://www.smokingmeatforums.com/t/132907/pellet-smoker-fridge-conversion
I personally think you are going down the right path by doing what you are. Stripping all that old shit out of there is a good thing. Good luck, I'll be watching.