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Exposed insulation

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by jirod, Oct 17, 2013.

  1. jirod

    jirod Smoke Blower

    Hey all, I'm starting to get some supplies ready for a fridge build.  The old fridge I'm using has a plastic skin inside and old insulation, so I'm planning on ripping that all out.  My question is, is there an insulation that I can replace it with that I can leave exposed?  I don't have the equipment or skills (or money to pay someone else) to re-skin the interior to cover up the insulation.

    I have seen that Reflectix insulation used on the outside of smokers, would that be safe to use on the inside?  It's says its aluminum foil basically on the outside I believe, but there's an adhesive that holds the layers together that would worry me.

    Have any of you guys left some form of insulation exposed?  It will be hot smoking, so I'm worried about any kind of fumes or debris that would mess up my food or more importantly health.   Living in Iowa I need to insulate it somehow, and would prefer the "cleaner" look of not wrapping the exterior with insulation.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Hello jirod.  WOW!  Tough one.  Here is my opinion for what it is worth.  Others may have different advice.  This is only my opinion.  I have the same concerns as you mentioned.  There are too many variables here.  Glue, particles floating around due to air flow, and so on.  My gut feeling is don't do it.  You can buy cut to measure sheets of thin plate steel off that well known internet auction site for not a whole lot of money.  Maybe some screws here and there to hold it in place and seal the joints with high temp silicone.  I hope someone will be along with some better suggestions.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!

  3. jirod

    jirod Smoke Blower

    Does anybody else know anything about possible exposed insulation?

    If that's not a viable option, and I do need to cover the insulation with sheet metal, what's the best insulation to use.  Living in Iowa need something kind of stout I would imagine.  Looking around I believe I've read using standard paper-back fiberglass insulation.  That would probably be the most inexpensive way as well.  Is there another type of inuslation that would work better/cheaper?

    Thanks for all the help guys, learn so much around here it's crazy.