As of 10-19-2015, I do not have my fridge yet. (As of 11-4-15 I do!!!)
I have started this thread for a couple of reasons. 1. To contribute to the forums. 2. As a journal of my fridge smoker journey. 3. As a way of working out ideas in my head, with your help of course.
Below is my plan as of right now. It will probably change with the wind and weather.
I want to do this as cheaply as possible, or "free", and I want it to look good when I am done. I have a CGDw/SFB, I want this one to be electric.
The Fridge: I am in search of a 40's-60's full metal fridge. I do not want a working one because: (A). I will want to use it as a fridge. (B). It will be more expensive. (C). I just do not like the idea of breaking something that works. I have tried the local scrap yards, and they tell me they do not sell off the yard. So the search continues. If you have any ideas for a guy in North Alabama, let me know. (I ended up with a pretty sweet 1955-ish Frigidaire)
The Heat: My plan is to make it electric. I was a half size wall oven from the 60's-70's, it used to be olive green, that is about to get replaced. I plan on harvesting the heating element, probe, and controls. Basically just going to turn the fridge into a glorified oven. My thoughts is this keeps me from buying some type of heating element and some type of thermostat or PID. I am not good with electronics. I realize I will have to run a 240v or convert it to 120v, but I have a friend who is an electrician.
The Smoke: Naturally, I would have to have some type of smoke generated in the fridge, or it would just be an oven. My original plan was to go with the Bradley Smoke Generator. (When I first saw it I thought it provided heat also) I like the way it looks. It is not too terribly expensive $120ish, but it takes those pucks. I do not know if any stores in my area sell those, and if I forget to order them online, or they don't come in time... I thought about getting a Smoke Daddy "Big Kahuna". it takes wood chucks that I can buy anywhere, but only a 2 hour burn time. Problem is it is really expensive for what seems so simple. I thought about building my own "Big Kahuna", but once again, I want it to look good. I thought about the a-maz-n smoker. Its cheap, but once again the dust/pellets are a specialty product I have to order, plus if it doesn't smoke for 10hrs like it says, I have to open the fridge. Plus I like the look of something on the outside, make it look like it not just a fridge.
My biggest problem, besides finding a fridge, is deciding on the smoke generator, or an all in one. (I really like the Smoke Daddy pellet pro. It has the heating element and PID allready in it, but it is too expensive, and runs off of pellets.)
I have no problem with pucks or pellets, I just do not know if my stores around here carry them. (Gander Mountain in my town carries pellets and powder.)
Edited by zach5483 - 12/7/15 at 7:19am