I'm starting my first build. I am a hunter who really wants to start making my own products. I have a friend who has been smoking for many years. He built a permanent smoker in his back yard and smokes on a regular basis. He is really good at it. I was talking to him about what I could do to start making my own products. During the conversation, he said "too bad you don't know someone who has an old fridge". I suddenly realized I do know someone with an old fridge: my dad. I called him up and he was glad to get rid of it as he hasn't used it in several years.
It is a 1949 Coldspot fridge. I intend to use propane for my fuel source, as my friend uses it and he really thinks it's the best. I have scoured this site and learned the pros and cons of gas, electric and charcoal. I still decided to go with gas. That way I can travel with it if I need to (unlikely) and use it if it's raining without worry. That and the fact that if I need help or advice, my friend is most used to the propane.
The first pic is of it at my dads house. I took a few trim pieces off in this photo. I then took it to my garage to work on it. I'm in south central Minnesota and it was COLD (like 15 degrees) when I started on it. My garage is not heated, and after a couple of hours my feet were going numb. I got the trim, compressor, coils and freezer out of it. Then I took out the insert. It has a goofy shaped opening that I am going to get help with to seal it up. I have a pic of that as well.