Hey guys, new to posting on this forum. I was inspired by a couple of other people on here to build my Vintage Fridge Pellet smoker. It took a little time to even find the right fridge and I got them down to $200.00. It was a heavy beast, but it only took me an hour to deconstruct the thing. It had old cardboard for insulation and the bottom pan was rusted pretty bad. But not too concerned since it
won't really do much. I just sprayed it with a lot of zinc primer.
Here some pictures.
Sorry my garage is a mess right now
Custom drip pan
This is what the real stick wood will rest on and smoke like real wood should :-)
I ordered all the interior metal from a local shop in Tacoma. I had them create a 3" water pan out of steel, but everything else is out of aluminum so save money and weight. They did a great job.
I have the pellet pro hopper, definitely a Chinese product, but I am sure it will work fine. I also have the Jerry's Genuine Smoker plate so I can use real stick wood for real smoke. My buddy is going to pain it for me, I picked a 1960's vintage Red Chevy two tone. It's gonna rock. I have a 6" Chrome stove pipe exhaust tip for the top for exhaust. I have been cooking and competing on a pellet grill for the last 4 years and love how well they work, but never was able to get the infused smoke in the meat like my Kamato grill. So this combination will be the best of both worlds. Solid cook temps and deep smoke penetration.
Prior to paint, I will deconstruct the unit and then following paint insulate it with my rock wool. I am not going to go too nuts on the insulation since the fridge is already a double wall design and I don't want too much heat build up if I am running below 200. I want to avoid having to cut a 2nd hole for air flow. I want just enough insulation to avoid messing my paint job up.
I will be sure to update you on the future progress and cooks.