Fridge conversion buildup

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by omahasmoker, Nov 7, 2009.

  1. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    After several requests, i have some pics of my fridge conversion and smoke generator.

    the fridge is a 1958 model GE that had the little freezer compartment in the top. the interior is porcelain over metal and it has 3 inches(!) of cardboard insulation. we had to take 8 plastic panels off of the interior and the door and replace them with 20 gauge sheetmetal sealed with silicone sealant.

    i used my new silicone sponge door seal and it looks like its going to work pretty well.

    the interior is 24x14x42 tall and i should be able to smoke 6 small turkeys or 12 pork butts at once. should be fun.

    my smoke generator is made out of a 3"x18" piece of schedule 40 pipe with end caps supported on 3 rebar legs. the upper pipe is 1/2 inch black iron and there is a 1/4 inch threaded pipe in the bottom cap. the smoke will go through a 3 foot piece of high temperature silicone hose seen in the picture. i am going to install a hose barb on the back of my gas grill as well so i can smoke/bbq using the same smoke generator. i should be able to get 6-10 hours of smoke out of it.

    this smoker will have an external 1250 watt heat source with forced air circulation. it will operate as a large convection oven with forced venting and added smoke. next week my fan motor arrives and i will start plumbing in the wiring and heating ductwork on the back.
  2. alx

    alx Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Very impressive.I really hope you show/report on that smoke generator.This maybe of great use to me in future,....

    I threw out a similiar fridge 5 years ago-dang it...

    Great start[​IMG]
  3. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Very sweet Omaha. I just got my fridge home last week. A 1950 General Motors fridge. Make sure you keep us updated with detailed pics. That way other can get ideas when they make theirs. Great job so far.
  4. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks like it is going to be a great smoker. Keep us posted on the progress and be sure to post plenty of Qview...
  5. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Really looks like your doing a great job on the smoker and I really like that smoke generator it looks like a rocket. Keep us up with the progress.[​IMG]
  6. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Great looking build. Keep the pics coming!
  7. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    The inside of mine looked the same as yours, I have wondered how old it was so now I would guess about 1958 or so

    Keep the pics coming on the build
  8. omahasmoker

    omahasmoker Smoke Blower

    your fridge is EXACTLY like mine. i love the latching door and the rounded corners. i plan on taking my lower storage drawer and expanding it with a sheetmetal box so it is of a more usable size.

    i looked into doing the indirect side box like you did but i wanted something that needs less attention.
  9. kurtsara

    kurtsara Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    My brother lives about 6 miles from me, he has one that uses an electric element with a digital control that monitors the inside to keep it at a preset temp, that is why I did a side fire box, just to do something different than he did. He had that old fridge and an old propane tank he asked if I knew anyone that would take them for free as scrap, I told him you could make a smoker out of either one so he did the fridge and gave away the tank

    Keep posting pics of the progress, it's fun to watch
  10. cheech

    cheech Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    must have been a popular model because that looks just like the one that I have.

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