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masterintraining
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02 08 9:14 am    Post subject: Refrigerator Conversion? Reply with quote

I am curious about the difficulty and steps required to make a descent smoker out of an old refrigerator, i have seen a few at competitions and now i have the opertunity to buy one from a buddy i just was wanting to know what all i was going to be getting myself into?
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BBQMAN
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02 08 7:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Our illustrious member Tony has built some mighty fine fridge smokers. If he doesn't chime in just shortly, I'll post some of his project pics!

The main thing to look for is that it is an old style fridge with removable inside panels. Refridgeration insulation is not suitable for heat applications.

You will need to remove it all, and replace with mineral wool or fibreglass.

Newer fridge units have the foam injected into the walls, and once it sets up it is nearly impossible to remove.

Any pics of the fridge in question?

Good luck with your project.
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Harry Nutczak
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02 08 10:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The easiet deciding factor is the interior lining of the donor fridge,

If it is plastic, walk away and find another. If it is steel or aluminum you have a good starting point.

Please have a certified technician drain the refrigerant that is in there, it may be R-12 and it is hugely bad for the environment, and cost more per ounce than gold right now.

The really old fridges used an ammonia-based refrigerant that is way poisonous to every living thing, if you let that into the atmosphere it may get you very sick.

Don;t just cut a line or open a valve to let it piss out.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 02 08 10:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Custom interior done.

If you have steel, re-use the original if possible.

If it's galvanized, you really need a plain steel (or aluminum) liner.



Finished cooker w/gas assist burner and chip box located in bottom of the fridge unit where the "guts" used to be.


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Cheech
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 11 08 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Were you thinking of making it gas, wood or electric?
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