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Vintage fridge gf conversion

Post by Stewart » February 10th, 2017, 5:05 pm

Hey guys I scored an old revel Electrolux gas fridge today in mint working condition. Wondering if any of you have converted something like this into a gf? Not starting it right off just doing some homework see if it's worth it or not.



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Post by Squiggle » February 10th, 2017, 5:54 pm

I converted an old Silent Knight gas fridge into a smoker & it works really well as a hot smoker for fish working at 65C(150F), but when I started Qing(over 100C or 210F) it had a lot of problems, main one being the frame of the fridge is made of timber & I almost burnt the whole thing down. Check out my thread viewtopic.php?f=15&t=4915

I have to say, I never even though of putting a GF unit on it but I think that cause mine still has the timber frame it would be a bad idea, so I would recommend you check what the frame is made of cause I know most of the old fridges have ceramic coated metal interior & spun glass insulation & they are good to go. :kewl:


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Post by Stewart » February 10th, 2017, 6:39 pm

Thanks for your input. I don't know anything about the old fridges. The size and shape to me screams smoker but I will have to disassemble the unit to see what's inside. If it can be done I will do it.



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Post by Squiggle » February 10th, 2017, 11:49 pm

Best bet is to try & ease the skin off one side, that will tell you pretty quick. If it's nails then it's timber, if not then you might be in luck. Mine was made in the 50s which is why it's timber, everything was timber back then, even some cars, lol. :kewl:


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Post by Rodcrafter » February 11th, 2017, 10:29 am

I have wanted to make a cold smoker out a working unit like that. Set the temp and just add a smoke generator of course home made. Cheese, sausage, and what ever else I could do


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Post by SAFETYHARBORREDNECK » February 15th, 2017, 6:42 pm

Great idea Stew.Would love to follow the build.
I would try to pull the skins and make it insulated.New frame,etc.
However,before you start tearing it down,I'd take a bunch of measurements and pictures so you could better put it back together.


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Post by SAFETYHARBORREDNECK » February 15th, 2017, 6:43 pm

Forgot to say GOOD LUCK!!!


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Post by Stewart » February 15th, 2017, 8:04 pm

Thank you. We're supposed to get buried in snow the next few days so I may spend some time tinkering on the fridge see what's up with it.



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Re: Vintage fridge gf conversion

Post by Squiggle » February 16th, 2017, 2:47 am

Good luck dude, definitely post lots of pics. Can't wait to see how it goes. :kewl:


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