Originally Posted by jcollins
Well unless you turn them into charcoal fueled then your gonna need that 220v plug for the elements and if your not careful alot of older stoves pull alot of amps so your likely to flip a breaker unless the circuit has proper amperage and wiring. not to mention they are really big and usually pretty heavy as well
They aren't really that much (if any) bigger or heavier than a fridge conversion, especially if you strip the unused parts out. I moved a burner from the stove to the floor of the oven on both of mine and wired those burners to 120V, to keep from burning up the chip pan, and that worked great. That cut the Amps of the burner down to 1/2 of the 240V value. Anything else that you would do to electrify a fridge conversion (eg, finned strips) could be done to an oven. You wouldn't have to mess with gutting and re-insulating. There's one obvious negative, it's an ugly thing to have sitting in your backyard, but it's a quick way to re-purpose something you can normally get for pretty cheap. It doesn't have the house capacity of a fridge conversion, but if it has two racks in it, that's a lotta meat.
This is my current setup.
It takes advantage of the fact that I already had a 50A 240V feeder out to my deck for a spa and a 240V receptacle for making maple syrup in the Spring. Both stoves were free and the pipe between them was cheap. I did some rewiring, and I'm thinking of doing a fridge conversion to replace the larger stove, but I don't really need the extra capacity.