Turning an old ceramic lined stainless steel freezer into a smoker
I have an old ceramic lined stainless steel freezer from a restaurant I used to own. I need some advice on an electric burner, and PID thermostat system that I can but to get it up and running. I also need info on vents, chimney, and door sealants suppliers. thanks in advance!
@Dave-R There is some good information here https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/644/cold-smoker here https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/1217/i-need-a-new-smoker/
and especially here https://meatgistics.waltonsinc.com/topic/1162/diy-smoker-remodel
Maybe @rhjbarney would be nice enough to share with you where he got some of those parts for his massive remodel?
Thanks for the info!
rhjbarney last edited by rhjbarney
That will make a nice smoker
For my home build for the pid i used fireboard which is wifi then you would be able to control your smoker from your cellphone from anywhere you have cell service. the door gasket i got from Amazon 1 inch stove rope gasket . heating element i made mine 220 VAC electric dryer element 5400 watt. The fireboard is meant to control a 12 volt fan but wired it up to a solid state relay which turns the heating element on and off accordingly to the temperature you set.
Thanks, I was hoping to stay with 110 v, but I’m learning it may require 220 v for the large chamber I have. I appreciate the assistance.
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Been there with the 110 VAC with mine the most you can get out of it is about 1100 watt of heat and for a large smoker it was ok for snack sticks only need 175 degrees max but if you want to do pork butt or brisket you’ll need around 240 degrees. That’s why I switched to 220 volt.
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@rhjbarney thanks for the information.
The main items I would make would be snack sticks, summer sausage. I have other smokers for pork butt and brisket. I appreciate the assistance.
@RandyNight Thanks for the link.
I got ready to place an order an noticed many of the seasonings you carry are only available in quantities to mix 100# batches. Why are the batches so large? I make most of my summer sausage from a venison and pork mix after we’ve taken the cuts for steaks, made our ground and canned a few quarts. That being said doesn’t leave a lot for sausages, thus a 100# mix could last me years.
Am I missing something?
Thanks. Will start small before going big
@RayStripling I would recommend using the powder and not the salt as it might make the end results to salty as for how much that is a matter of taste but remember you can add more at the end when you serve it but you cannot take it away.