Long time lurker, first time poster.
I recently came across this old fridge:
It was plastic on the inside, and when I removed the shell, there was fiberglass insulation.
So I stripped everything out and was left with this:
For some reason, I thought it would be a good idea to line the walls with plywood and this is where I my concerns/questions arised.
Not sure if I preferred the look, or if I just wanted to hid the rust...I don't know. But anyways, it's done now and I know I've seen a lot of smokers made solely out of wood, so I hope it's ok.
So I painted the whole thing, and lined the bottom with some cheap aluminum pans I got from the dollar store.
Not quite done yet because I only just found the right sized racks to put in there.
Here's the front.
So now that I'm almost done, here are my questions and concerns:
1) Was it a bad idea to line the walls with plywood? I am hoping to be able to smoke ribs, or pork shoulders etc. and would like to get to 200 maybe even 225 degress.
Is this safe?
2) If you think I should remove the wood, do I line the walls with anything?
3) I was planning on using it as a charcoal smoker. I would place a stainless steel bowl at the bottom with the charcoal and the wood chips, above it would be a ss bowl full of water, then whatever I'm smoking above that. Just like in current brikmann smoker. Would this work?
I have very little knowledge of smokers, as my examples were the 2 that I have now, which are a 'Big Chief' and a Charcoal Brikmann's smoker. Both are extremely simple designs, and just used those as my starting point.
Anyways, here is some sockeye and some cheese I smoked in my little smokers I have purchased. I hope I can just use this fridge as a larger smoker to save a lot of time.
Thanks for looking!