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lazy
05-27-2011, 08:38 PM
Got a smokin' deal ($0.00) on a 4cu.ft. minifridge that has a dead compressor
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010762.jpg.

I have been reading good reviews on this (http://www.smokingpit.com/Info/A-MAZE-N-Smoker-Review.htm), just never had a reason to spring for one. :roflmaoha0:I guess now I do. Bacon prices just keep goin' up...

So.... I've a quick question for you experts, or anybody who just wants to put their :twocents: in:

I'm planning on keeping this upper shelf in to use for ice packs in case the temps get too high.
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010763.jpg
I'm concerned that it may block the air flow if I put the exhaust on the top of the fridge, so I'm thinking that maybe it should be in the back panel, just below this shelf. Any feedback would be appreciated before I start drilling holes.

Thanks!

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 09:42 PM
Rats, I just threw one of those away! I knew I shouldn't have.
:tap::tap:

How are you going to generate smoke?

If you are using cool smoke like a smoke pistol, I woudl bring it in from the top, put an ice pan on the top shlef and exhaust near the bottom.

lazy
05-27-2011, 09:49 PM
How are you going to generate smoke?

Sawdust: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWmVcyWYXnI

SmokyOkie
05-27-2011, 10:10 PM
I couldn't get the video to load but it looks like it would work. How long do they say it will burn on a load?

I spose you would want to keep it far enough from the plastic to keep it form melting. I would prolly open a ven on one side top and the other bottom. If you don't get flow, you will burn off all the oxygen and the burn will die.

also, cross flow will prevent stagnation of the smoke.

BluDawg
05-28-2011, 08:33 AM
Cold smoke or not the plastic is giving me some bad vibes. I would have to tear it out and build a metal box for the inside.:twocents: Why don't you feed it with the exhaust from you UDS via a piece of dryer duct hose?

SmokyOkie
05-28-2011, 10:15 AM
Why does the plastic bother you for cold smoking? I use a cooler for cold smoking and it does fine.....of course, they are two different kinds of plastic.

lazy
05-28-2011, 11:53 AM
I'm not worried about the plastic, being a cold smoker. Maybe I should be, but I just don't think it will be an issue. I"m not worried about a small amount of galvanized material in my drum. Just seems like an overreaction.

Duct from the UDS? I"ve seen somebody on here do it that way, but for whatever reason, it doesn't interest me. No other reason.

lazy
05-28-2011, 12:14 PM
First great idea on this little project wasn't well thought out:exasper::
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010766.jpg

That piece of plywood was supposed to replace the plastic liner from the door--a little more room and better insulation, right? Plus the liner would go into the shed as a neat little way to store oil & whatnot. Win/win!! The thought went through my head that the thickness of the plywood might be an issue, but said thought didn't hang around long enough to sink in:roflmaoha0:. Once the swap was made, the extra thickness kept the door from closing... No problem, I had noticed the upper hinge mount was slotted, so I"ll just slide the hinges out a bit and be good to go. Only ONE of the bolt holes was slotted:exasper:--and the bottom hinge wasn't slotted at all:finger2:. What committee designed this thing?? Decided it was easier to pull the plywood out than it was to slot all the holes involved.

SmokyOkie
05-28-2011, 01:16 PM
What committee designed this thing??


極致製造 :roflmaoha0::roflmaoha0:

BluDawg
05-28-2011, 02:35 PM
First great idea on this little project wasn't well thought out:exasper::
http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010766.jpg

That piece of plywood was supposed to replace the plastic liner from the door--a little more room and better insulation, right? Plus the liner would go into the shed as a neat little way to store oil & whatnot. Win/win!! The thought went through my head that the thickness of the plywood might be an issue, but said thought didn't hang around long enough to sink in:roflmaoha0:. Once the swap was made, the extra thickness kept the door from closing... No problem, I had noticed the upper hinge mount was slotted, so I"ll just slide the hinges out a bit and be good to go. Only ONE of the bolt holes was slotted:exasper:--and the bottom hinge wasn't slotted at all:finger2:. What committee designed this thing?? Decided it was easier to pull the plywood out than it was to slot all the holes involved.
I have have ahd that problem my self a time or three(TO MUCH WOOD FOR THE HOLE):roflmaoha0: Why not replace it with a piece of sheet metal?

lazy
05-28-2011, 02:59 PM
Why not replace it with a piece of sheet metal?

I had the wood (come to think of it, that's never been a problem...) Sheet metal I don't have laying around. I have access to the skin off a washing machine I can cut up and use as needed. That's more work, being Lazy and all...

I'll get it thrown together and play with it, see what needs changed.

peculiarmike
05-29-2011, 07:25 AM
Well, I'm inspired. I've got one out in the shop that's a piece of caca, doesn't defrost itself. Course when they're free you don't want to expect much. I'm leaning.........

lazy
05-29-2011, 07:01 PM
Well, I'm inspired. I've got one out in the shop that's a piece of caca, doesn't defrost itself. Course when they're free you don't want to expect much. I'm leaning.........

If it's giving you trouble but still cooling, it could be perfect--leave it run and pump smoke into it. No problems at all keepin' temps down. Until the compressor finally gives up...

SmokyOkie
05-29-2011, 10:38 PM
If it's giving you trouble but still cooling, it could be perfect--leave it run and pump smoke into it. No problems at all keepin' temps down. Until the compressor finally gives up...

:whathesaid::thumbs up:

lazy
06-01-2011, 01:37 PM
$1 door skin. Happened to be in at Ace an somebody was buying most of a roll of flashing, but didn't want it all. The grouchy guy at the cutting desk was insistant he take it all. I told him I would give him $1 or what was left...


http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5264/5786930857_e838d0d1ee.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786930857/)
P1010776 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786930857/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

1 3/8" hole is just right to slide 1" PVC through. I used a coupling on the inside, and added glue to the fridge liner also. Then forced it up against the side to make it airtight.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3513/5786931021_51ffd3f0ea.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931021/)
P1010777 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931021/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

Exhaust. Not glued. Still testing:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3571/5787487050_cd46ffdeca.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487050/)
P1010778 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487050/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

Unglazed tiles to keep heat off the plastic liner:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2558/5786931411_10b046a743.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931411/)
P1010780 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931411/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

lighting the maple dust. Should get 6 hours or so out of this. If I did it right. I tamped it down a bit, don't know how firm to make it...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3547/5786931623_5e53b27c21.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931623/)
P1010781 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5786931623/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

Sseems to run 10-20 degrees hotter than outside. Haven't tried an ice pack yet. Also have made no attempt to control intake.

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2252/5787487634_435522969b.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487634/)
P1010782 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487634/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

Maverick 732 probe
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3065/5787487900_bf44b48deb.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487900/)
P1010783 (http://www.flickr.com/photos/62793644@N06/5787487900/) by cranky Luddite (http://www.flickr.com/people/62793644@N06/), on Flickr

lazy
06-01-2011, 01:43 PM
Just slipped a ball valve onto the intake and closed it about 1/2-way. We'll see what it does to temp. And no pics of TBS because it's so bright out and the smoke is so thin, I can't get it to show in a pic. But it's there! Same thing with pics of smoke in the fridge. With the white background and so bright outside, I can't get the camera to focus...

lazy
06-01-2011, 03:56 PM
Had to run some errands, and it was up to 136 inside when I got back. Through 3 ice packs onto the upper shelf, and temp dropped to 118 in 10 minutes, and still going down.

After 4 hours, a little less than 1/2 the sawdust has burned.

Ball valve still 1/2 closed.

lazy
06-06-2011, 08:46 PM
Found shelves for the minifridge! Had 2 of these baskets that have been used for many years for different things around the house, and had been unused for awhile. I came across them while digging a path to the side garage door (door rotted, replacing tomorrow). Looked like they ought to be about the right size...

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010801.jpg

With a bit of trimming, a bit of bending, walla!!

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010800.jpg

Thought I had a pic of both new shelves installed, but I guess I don't. You're not missing much...

And the door liner I took out... here it is on the inside of the shed door, filled with assorted tools and toys.

http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b277/otisjr/forum%20picturues/P1010799-1.jpg

Geez, I hope the kid gets by this summer to paint the pink shed. I bought some mis-tint primer cheap a couple years ago. Didn't realize it was Pepto-Bismal pink... She's supposed to finish priming & painting it this summer for my birthday present...

And for the record, I shouldn't have tamped the sawdust down like I did on my first burn, and I shouldn't have reduced the intake. It got a bit acrid in there--not enough air flow to keep the smoke moving. The second time, I only got about 8 hours on a almost-full load, left the intake open, and the smell was much better. I need to insulate it better if I plan to use it during hot weather. Working on an idea for that...

SmokyOkie
06-06-2011, 09:01 PM
A block of ice in the freezer compartment would help your temp issues quite a bit.

Now, show us some food!

lazy
06-08-2011, 08:22 PM
A block of ice in the freezer compartment would help your temp issues quite a bit.

Now, show us some food!

Soon to happen!

SmokyOkie
06-08-2011, 09:31 PM
Soon to happen!

:thumbs up::thumbs up:

lazy
07-07-2011, 08:45 PM
A block of ice in the freezer compartment would help your temp issues quite a bit.

Now, show us some food!

Okay, okay (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthread.php?9578-I-done-did-it...&p=115634#post115634)... geeze...

SmokyOkie
07-07-2011, 09:06 PM
Okay, okay (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/showthread.php?9578-I-done-did-it...&p=115634#post115634)... geeze...

food pix?:shrug::tap::tap::msn-wink:

PigCicles
07-07-2011, 09:09 PM
Clicky the linky Okie

lazy
07-07-2011, 09:14 PM
Clicky the linky Okie

Ain't teknologee great?

SmokyOkie
07-07-2011, 09:23 PM
Now there we go! (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/newreply.php?p=115638&noquote=1)

Very nice!

Don't settle for an el cheapo harry homeowner slicer. You won't like the way it slices.

PigCicles
07-07-2011, 09:26 PM
Now there we go! (http://www.theqjoint.com/forum/newreply.php?p=115638&noquote=1)

Very nice!

Don't settle for an el cheapo harry homeowner slicer. You won't like the way it slices.

:roflmaoha0::roflmaoha0: why you put a link to the reply button on the I done did it thread??? Can't take our eye off you for one minute :exasper:

SmokyOkie
07-07-2011, 09:37 PM
:roflmaoha0::roflmaoha0: why you put a link to the reply button on the I done did it thread??? Can't take our eye off you for one minute :exasper:


:roflmaoha0::roflmaoha0::blushing::roflmaoha0: