New and needing advice on a build

Discussion in 'Roll Call' started by merlin82plus, Feb 4, 2015.

  1. merlin82plus

    merlin82plus Newbie

    Hi all - I just picked up a large stainless cabinet, plan to smoke fish, turkey, turkey legs, and a number of favorites from Adam Perry Lang's BBQ book. I live in NY state - "upstate" - which means nowhere near the rotten apple. My son got me into this awesome pastime by feeding me some incredible food, what better way to get hooked ?
    So this cabinet of mine has insulated doors but is not insulated on top/back/sides.
    I need to find a flat adhesive-backed gasket material to seal the doors, and would like to find an insulating material that can be used inside the box - but I'd rather not have to cover the insulation with another layer of metal on the inside if there is such a material that's safe to use.
    Cabinet has double doors about 20" wide and 5' tall. Cab is about 5'6" tall, 26" deep, and 40" wide.
    I plan to smoke in the 130° range for fish and 220-275° range for other meats. Plan to build a firebox on the side, at least that's what I'm thinking right now.
    I'll likely copy all that text about the build and put it in the correct sub-forum later today, when I'm not half asleep. Thanks in advance for the great forum.
  2. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    Welcome, from southern Ohio, to the best forum on the internet if you are looking to learn how to BBQ/smoke/brine/cure/inject. Well you get the picture if you can do it to something you put on a plate to eat then someone here has probably done it then smoked it.

    Use the search bar at the top of the page and you will be led to the answer to most every question you can think of. If you don't find the answer there then just post it and someone will chime in with their opinion on the subject.

    IMHO if you are wanting to have temps as low as 130 you should go with electric heat and a PID control like an Auber. It is very hard to get those low temps using charcoal or wood unless you have a detached firebox with a long pipe feeding the heat and smoke to your smoke box.

    I don't know of any insulation you could use inside your cabinet without another layer of metal. Here is a link to the sub-forum for you to post your question: Maybe someone can give you some info there.

    Always remember the only dumb question is the one you don’t ask!!
    Keep Smokin!!!
    Last edited: Feb 4, 2015
  3. [​IMG]   Good morning and welcome to the forum, from a partly cloudy and cool day here in East Texas. Lots of great people with tons of information on just about  everything.

  4. Glad you joined the group. The search bar at the top of any page is your best friend.
    About anything you wanna know about smoking/grilling/curing/brining/cutting or slicing
    and the list goes on has probably been posted. Remember to post a QVIEW of your smokes.
    We are all smoke junkies here and we have to get our fix. If you have questions
    Post it and you will probably get 10 replies with 11 different answers. That is
    because their are so many different ways to make great Q...
    Happy smoken.
  5. merlin82plus

    merlin82plus Newbie

    Thanks for the welcome. I did some searching earlier today and decided to get Tillman Panox 615 to insulate the outside. The search function on this forum does work very nicely, that's where I found the info on Tillman. The size of the cabinet might help me get lower temps - it's 40"W by 65"H by 24"D. The other thing going for me right now is our outdoor temps are cold... like a high of 10° tomorrow !

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