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Unread 02-20-2014, 10:33 PM   #1
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Default My spring project - fridge build

I pried open the door of my new International Harvester tonight. Built in October of 1950 and has been waiting to be a smoker since.
I am hoping to complete this build before I bring home a wild spring turkey, but I have accepted that's a bit quick for my laziness.
I have a good idea of what I want todo, stick/charcoal burner just not positive how I want todo it. All inside the cabinet would be nice for keeping in garage but not sure if it's the best use of this future smoker. Open to any and all comments, criticism, and help.
Before photos now- progress photos to come.

Name plate October 19th 1950


Built in bottle opener on latch, not much help I the inside of the smoker.




Outside and in. Fairly small folding chair for reference.





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Looking forward to following this one!
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I am looking for a fire box for this, any suggestions for how to make one, or a good premade one?
I talked to a guy today about powder coating the outside, I know this is not necessary. What would anyone else suggest for paint? (If powder coated I was thinking husker red, he wanted me to stick to the Internation Harvester theme and put and IH symbol on it.)
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My very first smoker was an old porcelain & steel fridge. We just put a smsll CI habatchi in the bottom with a few hsndfulls of charcoal and used it to smoke mullet & chicken; very low heat, probably 200* or less. One caution to take into account is you will probably only have the one big door and don't want to open it much. I think I might be tempted to design a firebox that would give me a long burn and maybe include a 1/4"-3/8" heat diffuser plate about 6"-10" above the fire.
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I have no experience at this at all, but agree with DW, I would think the biggest issue would be the single door. I might almost think about having an offset fire box so you don't lose all your heat / smoke whenever you opened the door.
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I was thinking an offset side fire box, I thought I saw a link to some prefab ones you can buy. I have been doing so much reading the last few days I can't remember where it was.
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Several folks sell pellet assemblies, here is one
http://www.pelletprogrill.com/parts.html
Never used a pettlet smoker but it might work quite well with your fridge.
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If you're going to use an offset firebox and pipe the smoke in.... a cut down barrel works great.
Looking forward to watching your build.
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I was thinking charcoal/stick burner. I have a bradley and could take the smoke generator off that but that's not the flavor I am going for. I was hoping not to have to weld a barrel firebox to the side.
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I was thinking charcoal/stick burner. I have a bradley and could take the smoke generator off that but that's not the flavor I am going for. I was hoping not to have to weld a barrel firebox to the side.
I use a barrel cut down to about 1/4 size for my smokehouse.. I build the fire in the barrel and smoke travels down the pipe to the house.
Might work for you if you used a shorter smoke/heat pipe.
http://cowgirlscountry.blogspot.com/...mokehouse.html
The barrel has the same air intake system around the bottom that I used on my UDS.

but if you want to keep the cooker inside your shop it wouldn't work.
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About 15 years ago I built an electric smoker out of a 1950's fridge and oven racks. I used an electric sauce pan wired full open and it all ran through an oven thermostat I had in a control box mounted to the side of the fridge. I just put wood in the electric pot and it smoked to beat the band. I used this smoker a year or 2 then gave up and tossed it out 10 years later. I couldn't heat proof the electric cords going to the pot and they kept burning through. All in all though it worked well.
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Is this stainless? Got the smoker torn apart and started sanding. Wow a lot of work ahead of me and a drinking buddy, if he comes back. I hate fiberglass insulation.

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I've been looking for an old refrigerator like that to build a mullet smoker. Can't wait to see the rest of your build!
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Not sure if it's stainless but it's looking great!
Looking forward to seeing your build!
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Is this stainless? Got the smoker torn apart and started sanding. Wow a lot of work ahead of me and a drinking buddy, if he comes back. I hate fiberglass insulation.

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Not sure if it's stainless but it's looking great!
Looking forward to seeing your build!
IDK, looks like steel but if I remember correctly, stainless is not magnetic so I guess you could test it with any good magnet, if it sticks it is steel, if not or the connection is weak, might be SS.

Edit: I did a little reading and most common stainless steels are not magnitic, but there are some ferric stainless steels with weak magnetism.
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