Can this fridge be used for a smoker?

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by dockman, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    My nephew has this 1940's Norge refrigerator and would like to turn it into a smoker. He has concerns about lead paint or type of materials it may be constructed of. What are your thoughts?
  2. Hello.  The inside of that fridge should be a porcelain coating.  The only concern should be the insulation between inner and outer walls.  I reckon you are good to go.  Others may have a different opinion.  Good luck and post some picts.  Keep Smokin!

  3. goliath

    goliath Smoking Fanatic

    what he said .....  LOL

    there is some work involved , you dont just hook up and smoke. you need to split the unit apart, (porcelain tub inner from the outer) and check the insulation. check for tar and other nasty crap inside that can break down during higher temps. all the work is payed off big time with the satisfaction that you built it, and the goodies it can produce. there is an actual section on the site about fridge/freezer builds and everyone is more than willing to help a fella out and send ya in the right direction for parts and supplies. THEY SURE ALL HELPED ME OUT !!!!!

    here is a link to my build, as it was my 1st there are a few things i would do differently IF/WHEN i do another. and as for a smoke gen i now use an external mod with the AMNPS or AMNTS as i have a supply of both ...  ha ha ha

    have fun and keep us up to date with your progress by posting pics

    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
  4. dockman

    dockman Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks guys I had my nephew sign up and start reading. He will do a build thread when he starts.
  5. Hello Dockman.  Yeah the insulation is the main concern and of course anything plastic inside the fridge ( I didn't see anything though ).  It looks like even the door has a porcelain interior which is GREAT!  Think the boy has got a winner here.  No matter the heat source I think this one will be an easy build.  The main problem you will have is cutting/drilling holes ect. through the porcelain.  I would use duct tape over a large area where I was going to cut/drill just like drilling into tile.  The drill bit will want to "walk" so a center punch will have to be used.  Don't go crazy; a center punch without cracking the surrounding porcelain.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!


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