Traulsen Commercial Refrigerator build

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by nevrsummr, Dec 22, 2015.

  1. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Good info. So if I did 3/4 nipples for intake, would 3 per side (6 total) work for a 3" exhaust?
     
  2. madman mike

    madman mike Smoking Fanatic

    Even just a good 1 1/2" opening on either side would be sufficient. Use a damper in the exhaust. You don't need to worry much about controlling the air intake.
     
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds like a combination to start with...   Performance will let you know what "may" need changing.....
     
  4. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Thanks Dave. What should I be looking for in the performance? Pretty new to this.
     
  5. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    OK.....  here goes....   Whenever I built something that took tinkering to get it to work the way I thought it should, and then had MAJOR success, like you have had, pull up a patio chair, some cold beer or Kentucky, and just watch it do it's magic...  Watch the temp rise in the meat....  watch the smoke curl from between the boards...    listen to the crackle of the fire in the firebox.....  and try to figure out how to make it better....  can I get the temps perfectly even inside the smoker ??   Can I get the fire to burn a little cleaner to perfect that elusive Thin Blue Smoke everyone talks about ??  What happened to my beer... it was full 10 seconds ago...

    Performance ??   I have no idea....   BUT...  It must be an important part of this smoking stuff...  I've contemplated it forever....
     
  6. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Thanks Dave. Point taken. I remember a book as a kid that mentioned gardening as a philosophers job, looks like smoking meat can be too. Btw, you are only about 3.5 hours away. We drive through sometimes on our way up to Canada. Lived on Oroville for a job a couple years back as well. Anywho, thanks for advice. I'd really like to try that 2 inch chimney so I could use the ball valve, but it's too much work to change later.
     
  7. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    making some progress today as I took today to focus and hopefully finish it. First off with the help of my wife we scrubbed all the years of scum off all surfaces inside and out. I'm surprised at how well it shined up.
     
  8. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    mounted the main heating element
     
  9. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    cut in the burner and installed electrical wiring/ heat shield.
     
  10. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    tried to build a face plate for the control box, too flimsy. Need to repurpose some different metal
     
  11. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    that's more like it
     
  12. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    this is how it will sit. Protected from the elements
     
  13. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    control box mounted and electrical started
     
  14. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    I'm no electrical engineer but this is my attempt at a control diagram. Time to start wiring
     
  15. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    May I suggest and over temp circuit that sounds an alarm and cuts off the elec...  In the event of fire...   I've had it happen twice...  both times I was tending the unit...   lucky me.....
     
  16. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    I like it Dave please tell me more
     
  17. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Darned if I know....   I do know I wish I had it on my smokers....  Maybe a N-O closes on overtemp situation..  I'm no electrician but at times I have an idea what I would want...
     
  18. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    Hmm. Food for thought. I think the smd has an alarm on it, but I'm not sure how I could make that work. I will look into it.
     
  19. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    12;30 am and I just quit working on the smoker. Didn't get it quite finished for burn in. Bummer. Looks like the turkey will have to go on the old smoker tomorrow. More pics to come tomorrow
     
  20. nevrsummr

    nevrsummr Meat Mopper

    fortunately I have a friend who is quite skilled with the tig welder. Put this together last night.
     
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