Home Built Electrics

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by mulepackin, Feb 7, 2009.

  1. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Man, its a shame all the info that was lost in the crash on all topics. There was a lot of good threads on home built electrics, refer conversions, proofing ovens, etc. Lots of different approaches to heating elements, controls, etc. Hopefully we can get some of that back for the newbies, as well as those of us that are always seeking to improve on what we have. They are all a work in progress. Lets just get to posting what we have and how we did it, so we can get this body of knowledge back up to speed. Mine is an old Kenmore 24 cu ft. freezer. All plastic stripped and replaced with sheet metal. Original magnetic seal left and works great. 4 in. vent and damper, Brinkmann 1500 watt heating element controlled with a Tstat from Allied Kenco. Seperate smoke generator which for now is an old Lil Chief box, hot plate and stainless steel dish. Using an enclosed computer fan to push smoke and add more air circulation in the big box. Still tweeking the generator though.
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  2. mikey

    mikey Smoking Fanatic

    Mulepackin, this is just what we need, the members who still have in their own archives their past posts. It would be great if we could all repost the different mods to our smokers. Thanks again for reposting.[​IMG]
     
  3. You say you replaced the plastic with sheet metal in your refrigerator mod. What type of sheet metal did you use? I was under the impression that anything galvanized should not be used.
     
  4. mulepackin

    mulepackin Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well that is certainly a controversial issue. I did use galvanized tin flashing. Galvanized metal won't give off any fumes until it reaches 900 deg. F IIRC. I've never had a problem with it, and if the smoker should ever reach those kinds of temps, I've got other more immediate problems. The flashing is on the door, and the outside corners, not even close to any heat sources. One could just as easily use aluminum if you wanted. The freezer had a porcelain on steel liner, which is the only kind to use. Unless you want to strip a pile of plastic out.
     

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