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Thread Starter 

Hey guys,


After a few good years I am looking to get rid of my refrigerator. I am looking to replace it with a BBQ Vault or a Myron Mixon 60" to use in competitions. I have loved this thing and have won many awards with it but want something different. Let me know if you are interested. I live in Jacksonville, FL


-insulated firebox

-insulated fridge-welded in water pan

-4 slide out racks

-can seal up firebox inlet and use as electric

-5* difference from top to bottom


*I do have a large competition coming up at the end of november. If I can get rid of it quick I can get a new smoker here in time. If not I will not be able to sell it till the week of thanksgiving*





post #2 of 8

That thing is beautiful.  Any good pictures of how you built the fridge?  I have an old GE at my parents place that is broke now.  Would love you have a set up like yours.

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Thread Starter 

I had a lot but on old phone that I dont have any more. I decided to keep the fridge and do a complete rebuild. The firebox will now be inside. the door will be split in two. I am doing auto water refill. drain. plus guru valves. It is going to be one sick fridge once I get the paint job on it.


Take that GE and make you a smoker that will last for years and you can be proud of. One thing with fridges is the design possibilities are endless. I am actually in talks with a fab guy in starting a company and making antique fridge smokers as a business. One thing I would recommend is draw out your entire plan on paper. Measurements, number of racks, etc. I am going thru my 5td rebuild. I went cheap the first time and did electric which was very nice. I then converted to charcoal using cheap products and that worked for about 6 months. Then I went to the design you see in the pictures above. This one I am doing now will be my last and if I would have done it this way the first time it would have saved me a couple of grand. I would put as much into it as you want and dont cut anything out. You will regret it later. 

post #4 of 8

Thanks man.  I have been kicking around the idea of the fridge, or building a temp smoke house, and buying a vertical Brinkmann as a temporary.  I do know I want to run a wood burner since I hate paying bills, whether it is propane refills, or electric bills.  

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If you want to run wood burner put the firebox on the outside like I have above. That setup is a stick burner. If you burn wood on the inside it will get too hot and be tough to keep temps down IMO. Doing this will give you more space but I would recommend welding in a water pan directly above where the firebox enters. This is what I did and the temps remained even throughout the whole cooker. Where do you live. I no longer need that firebox. It is 3/16" double walled with 1" insulation in between. Happy to sell it to you for very cheap.

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I live in Mid Michigan now, just moved back here from NE.

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Originally Posted by EricF517 View Post

I live in Mid Michigan now, just moved back here from NE.

I know You....

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I know You....

I know you too!

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