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#1 BlKtRe

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Posted 16 April 2020 - 08:38 PM

I have a pretty sweet 50's Frigidaire. I want to convert it to a smoker. I've seen lots of cold smoker conversions which would be sweet too but Im interested in smoking some HOF's.  One thing Im worried about is the plastic on the inside.  Don't want that.  Also, the firebox placement. Any good ideas? Matt, you are the smoker king. 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 08:45 PM

I wouldn't worry about the plastic. I would worry about the freon when you cut holes into it.
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 08:46 PM

Electric hot plate is about as far as I’d go with plastic interior.
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 08:55 PM

I wouldn't worry about the plastic. I would worry about the freon when you cut holes into it.

 

Not an issue.  Old and depleted.  I worry about heat and plastic. 

 

Electric hot plate is about as far as I’d go with plastic interior.
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I get it you built a pro smoker and all. Im not that guy. Also, why cant you build a real smoker from a sweet fridge? I can see lining the interior with steel or SS sheeting of some sort with a offset firebox. Now that you see my vision, whats wrong with it? 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:02 PM

It seems like a bad idea. Why do you want to use a fridge?
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:08 PM

It seems like a bad idea. Why do you want to use a fridge?

 

They look cool and its a great way to keep something around. 

Already insulated, better than a steel cook chamber.

The bones are already there so cost is cheaper.

 

Why is it a bad idea? Other than the plastic on the interior which can be dealt with, I dont get it? 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:10 PM

That's what i meant, it's a bad idea to cook in plastic. What temp are you planning on going to?
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:13 PM

That's what i meant, it's a bad idea to cook in plastic. What temp are you planning on going to?

 

Agreed. It appears the plastic liner can be removed and then replaced with something steel or SS sheeting. 


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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:43 PM

I’d be leery of the insulation too. Not sure what they used in the 50’s in a fridge but I’d want to be real sure before heating it in the presence of food.
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:45 PM

A fridge is designed to be airtight with limited airflow; pretty much the opposite of what you want in a smoker.
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Posted 16 April 2020 - 09:47 PM


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:10 AM

I would yank all the plastic out and line with SS or even regular steel plate seeing I assume that would be cheaper.  They I would build the fire box on the back in a gravity feed style throw some wheels on it and paint it avocado green.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:22 AM

I’d be leery of the insulation too. Not sure what they used in the 50’s in a fridge but I’d want to be real sure before heating it in the presence of food.


If i was going to do it i'd gut the whole interior including insulation. Newer fridges rely on the foam insulation for a lot of their structure, they'd just collapse without it. An older fridge is probably self supporting.
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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:35 AM

If i was going to do it i'd gut the whole interior including insulation. Newer fridges rely on the foam insulation for a lot of their structure, they'd just collapse without it. An older fridge is probably self supporting.

I can see getting rid of the insulation seeing it is 50+ years old but I would replace it with something modern to keep the insulation of the smoker.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:48 AM

I can see getting rid of the insulation seeing it is 50+ years old but I would replace it with something modern to keep the insulation of the smoker.


Yes, something that can withstand the temp. Foam won't like normal operation at 250F. Mineral wool is probably the best bet. You would have to line it with another layer of sheet metal...now we're talking about a big project. Which is why i said it seemed like a bad idea in the first place. :)
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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:56 AM

Make a humidor instead.
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Posted 17 April 2020 - 04:58 AM

Yes, something that can withstand the temp. Foam won't like normal operation at 250F. Mineral wool is probably the best bet. You would have to line it with another layer of sheet metal...now we're talking about a big project. Which is why i said it seemed like a bad idea in the first place. :)

I think I used wool when I did mine.  It was good for 1200F.  I think this is a fun project if you have time and do not need it right away. 


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 05:00 AM

 

 

All metal interior.  That's the key.  I'm a little surprised a 50s fridge would have a plastic liner.


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Posted 17 April 2020 - 05:15 AM

We had a fridge smoker growing up. I remember my dad saying it took him forever to find one that wasn’t plastic on the inside.

Ours was set up with 2 electric hot plates.
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Posted 17 April 2020 - 05:22 AM

Will a wsm fit inside it? :D

If it were me, I'd build a proper cabinet smoker, and then move the fridge door and cladding on to it as a finishing touch.
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