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1939 Frigidaire Build.....Wife is pissed!

post #1 of 9
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Wife said I have to many smokers........So that automatically means I need one more. I decided to try building one from scratch and I told her it would be a good hobby for my 4 month old son and I. She didn't take me seriously......


Picked up this gem for $20. Lady said it was in her family for 5 generations. 1939 Frigidaire by GM. The compressor took a sh*t and they wanted it gone.  There's only a small amount of rust  on the legs and everything else seems to be in good shape so far. I plan on gutting next week and replacing insulation with roxul as many have suggested and getting holes cut for venting.


2 questions -

1. What are the interior walls / door made of? A magnet sticks to both the inside walls and the doors and they sound like metal when  I clank on them with a screwdriver. Are they enamel coated metal and is it safe to use like this?


2. I am debating on using the Pellet Pro from Smoke daddy OR purchasing a fin strip heater, PID controller ,AMNPS and building myself.


I don't plan on cold smoking, but I like to do jerky and would like to have a range from 160-350 degrees. I am also looking to do overnight smokes for brisket and butts. I'm tired of babysitting charcoal and gas.  My gut is telling me to go with the fin strip, PID and AMNPS......???


Any and all advice is appreciated. I will update with teardown pics and issues I have encountered next week.




post #2 of 9
I don't have any advice but this looks like it's going to be awesome
post #3 of 9
More than likely metal interior. As for the coating I haven't a clue. If it is enamel it could be safe. Once again though I have no clue what the coating is. It will be a cool project and I will hang around to see how it goes.

I'm a dyi'er so I vote for going the with the electric heat, PID and one of the pellet smokers from Todd. I'd mount the smoke chamber on the exterior. A well
Insulated smoker that size will heat up pretty good with any of Todds smokers inside. Which would make cold smoking a challenge.
post #4 of 9
I'm in for this!

Be sure and get the 4 month old a safety pacifier, that way you're good to go!

Should be a great build.
post #5 of 9
Man, I envy you! I've been trying to figure out something for a dry curing chamber and that looks perfect!! Not too deep, so I could make room in the garage even with 2 cars & a motorcycle...
I'm betting it's all metal.
This looks interesting and I'll be watching!
I, too, have been told "no more smokers"..biggrin.gif
post #6 of 9
That's a nice fridge,looking forward to your build. Enjoy the dog house!biggrin.gif
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Welp, finally got a little time to pull this thing apart and see what I am working with. Here are a few picks. More to come.



The insulation looks great. After reading many other builds on here, everyone says to replace with Roxul. Is anybody able to convince me in using the original insulation??? Would save me a couple hours and $50.



Inside of the door panel with insulation removed. My dog was helping with the teardown as well.


Anybody have any recommendations on door latch mechanism. I would like to keep this and use the original handle, but I'm afraid that smoke and moisture will be able to sneak it's way through the gaps in this latch and damage the insulation.





I'm going to bend the metal edges flat. This way I can lay sheet metal skin flat instead of having bend each edge of the skin to fit.


I noticed a couple of wood support pieces being used. Does anybody know if these are safe to stay in there or not?


Inside of the tub I pulled out. I think I will put a piece of sheet metal over the square hole in the back instead of using the original plate.


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Pull a little of that insulation out and set it on a fire resistant surface.  Hit it with a propane torch and see what it does.  If it melts and burns, pull it and replace with roxul.  If it just gets hot and seems to hold up, leave it (assuming it does not become a smoking mess and off gas).   If you are making a smoker and do not plan on going over say 275*, it should be fine if it passes the open flame test.

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Thanks for the advice dward51. The door insulation looks like it got a little damp and turn black st one point. I'd like it to reach 350* to use as an oven if needed. Considering the amount of money I'll already be spending, i think I'll just replace with roxul to be on the safe side since i plan on keeping this around for a long time.
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