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Im planning on building a fridge smoker, Ive never smoked anything before, thought about buying a smoker but I need one that doesn't take much babysitting, so an electric one is what I looked at, but the $$ for one is more than I want to spend, plus I like building things and while I have time and skills/tools to build one, I don't have the time to sit and take care of the smoker while its smoking, I want to be able to load it, start it and pretty much walk away, once I get everything dialed in and figured out as far as time and etc. I have a fridge, pretty much your standard 1950s fridge, I need to get it out and start tearing it apart but in the meantime I want to start rounding up the parts I need.

 

Im planning on using the brinkman heater element, putting some fire bricks in the bottom, using the Auberins duel probe unit so I can regulate the smoker temp and the meat temp. From what Ive read, using the mailbox mod and an AMNPS or similar for smoke. So far so good right?

 

So hear are my questions:

 

1 How are you mounting the temp sensor for controlling the smoker temp?

 

2 Along the same lines how are you running the sensor for the meat temp into the box? Im assuming it needs to be sealed someway.

 

3 Where is the best place to put the outlet for the mailbox into the fridge? I want to mount the mailbox under the main box where the compressor used to be. Also what size piping should I use from the mailbox to the smoker?

 

4 What size should the exhaust be?  Will I need a dampner?  Also should I put an air inlet on the bottom to get a draft through the smoker?

 

5 I saw one build where the Auberins unit was mounted in it a different type of electrical box mounted to the side of the smoker which is what I would like to do, can someone point me in a direction of how this was done? Id like to have the unit in a box with a waterproof cover so I can use it outside in the weather if I want to.

 

Once I get the fridge where I can tear it apart I can see what the insulation looks like, then I can see where to go from there.

 

Thanks guys and sorry about the long post and all the questions.

post #2 of 7

I see this is your first post. When you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF :welcome1:?

I will get someone to help answer all of your questions.

Happy smoken.

David

post #3 of 7
Thread Starter 

I and looked at the fridge today, its a General Electric, probably from the mid to late 50s guessing by the style. Its been used for a little bit of storage for years but nothing really important.  I would really like to use an AMNPS or similar for smoke and Ive seen where using the mailbox mod would get the most time out of the unit. How long are you guys getting out of the AMNPS both inside the smoker itself and using it in a side box like the mailbox. If I use the mailbox Id like to mount it underneath the rest of the smoker where the compressor used to be, Im gonna build a cart for the fridge to sit on so I can roll it in and out of the garage, and maybe take it over to my buddies for football parties and stuff. Cant wait to learn more from you guys!

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Originally Posted by bigbluetruck View Post

Im planning on building a fridge smoker, Ive never smoked anything before, thought about buying a smoker but I need one that doesn't take much babysitting, so an electric one is what I looked at, but the $$ for one is more than I want to spend, plus I like building things and while I have time and skills/tools to build one, I don't have the time to sit and take care of the smoker while its smoking, I want to be able to load it, start it and pretty much walk away, once I get everything dialed in and figured out as far as time and etc. I have a fridge, pretty much your standard 1950s fridge, I need to get it out and start tearing it apart but in the meantime I want to start rounding up the parts I need.

Im planning on using the brinkman heater element, putting some fire bricks in the bottom, using the Auberins duel probe unit so I can regulate the smoker temp and the meat temp. From what Ive read, using the mailbox mod and an AMNPS or similar for smoke. So far so good right?

So hear are my questions:

1 How are you mounting the temp sensor for controlling the smoker temp? I don't put mine in a specific place... use a small potato and push the probe through it and then set it on the grate that your meat will be on...

2 Along the same lines how are you running the sensor for the meat temp into the box? Im assuming it needs to be sealed someway. just need a hole big enough to get both probes through it (one at a time)... If you want you could use a cork or rubber stopper... put two holes through it (one for each probe) and then insert the stopper into the hole.. will help seal it up a little...

3 Where is the best place to put the outlet for the mailbox into the fridge? I want to mount the mailbox under the main box where the compressor used to be. Also what size piping should I use from the mailbox to the smoker? best place would be through the bottom if your going to put the mail box under there... just use 3 inch dryer vent for ducting...

4 What size should the exhaust be?  Will I need a dampner?  Also should I put an air inlet on the bottom to get a draft through the smoker? 3 inch exhaust vent as well... damper would be nice to close when smoker not in use.. otherwise exhaust vent stay wide open when cooking... you don;t need air vent in bottom of CC but you will need them in the mailbox for AMNPS to work...

5 I saw one build where the Auberins unit was mounted in it a different type of electrical box mounted to the side of the smoker which is what I would like to do, can someone point me in a direction of how this was done? Id like to have the unit in a box with a waterproof cover so I can use it outside in the weather if I want to. look for a hinged door electrical junction box...

Once I get the fridge where I can tear it apart I can see what the insulation looks like, then I can see where to go from there.

Thanks guys and sorry about the long post and all the questions.


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This the build of the auberins controller mod you were talking a out?

Was easy to do and a only about $25 in a few extra parts above the cost of the controller. Still works out to less than building your own pid if you go with something g that allows the same control options.
post #6 of 7
Mike, mind sharing how you did that panel? I have that Auberins PID. But I would like a permanent setup
post #7 of 7
You bet. It was pretty easy. I took it out of its case. I took a picture of how it was wired from to the power switch and plugs then disconnected it and just re-wired directly to a new power switch and the element. I'll start posting on my current build in the thread u started a few months ago so I don't hijack the thread.
Edited by madman mike - 3/29/15 at 12:45am
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