Homemade smoker questions

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by rhino70, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. rhino70

    rhino70 Fire Starter

    Hi Everyone,

    I have a question about making my own smoker. The more i read about the smoker that I have been looking at (The MES), and the more i read about some of the awesome homemade units you guys are making out here, i think I can probably figure out how to make a smoker that is just as good as the MES with a much larger capacity for a LOT cheaper, and can be fixed by me on any given day.

    Here is the list of things that i think i may need to make this a set-and-forget type unit.

    1) Upright freezer with metal inner walls. (I know a guy that will give me an old admiral freezer for free).

    2) Brinkman 1500 watt heating element and insert ($40 at cabelas)

    3) TEMPERATURE CONTROLLER OR PID. DOES ANYONE KNOW WHERE TO GET A REASONABLY PRICED PID OR TEMPERATURE CONTROL, AND DOES ANYONE KNOW HOW TO WIRE THEM TO CONTROL THE ELEMENT BASED ON THERMOSTAT?? (This is the only wild card, but even if i can get one that i can use for under 100 bucks, it will be well worth it)

    4) Some stove pipe and cap for a vent (15$)

    5) Dowels for lots of racks. ($15)

    I do have one major question. With the metal inner walls of the old admiral freezer, would this be safe for doing cooler smoking temps (140-160) as well as hotter ones (225-250) for brisket and ribs?? has anyone had any experience with using a refrigerator smoker for ribs and hot smoking/cooking??
  2. rhino70

    rhino70 Fire Starter

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