devices for the preparation of meat products and fish smoked. With the observance of the production technology, the obtained dishes are distinguished by a great taste, a characteristic aroma, and the shelf life is increased several times.
Rare Soviet-made refrigerator can be used for a new purpose. The benefits of such a metal box can be huge if properly approached to its modernization. It is not difficult to retool, a minimum of effort and maxims of pleasure will subsequently be provided.
Design features of
Before you make a smokehouse from an old refrigerator without much effort using available tools and simple tools, you should decide on the type of smoking and location. There is an option for outdoor use, but you can also make such a device for indoor use. Consider the possible options.
To make a smokehouse of this type from an old refrigerator, you will need the following materials:
- heating elements( electric stove with open or closed type of heaters);
- thick-walled tank with a lid for heating the chips;
- grilles and hooks for laying out or hanging processed products;
- smoke extraction pipe;
- elements for locking the refrigerator doors;
- fat collecting tray.
To ensure the technology of cooking this method requires:
- refrigerator( preference is given to Soviet samples without plastic filling inside);
- fire bricks for firebox;
- pipe 4–5 meters long, with a diameter of 100 -150 mm;
- iron cover for the firebox;
- grilles and hooks for laying out or hanging processed products;
- corner tube element for a comfortable design of the construction being inclined to the surface;
- fat collecting tray;
- exhaust fan.
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To make a smokehouse from the refrigerator yourself for use in the yard, you need to decide on the installation site. From this depends on the design feature. If the terrain allows, the design is installed under the slope without additional manipulations. It is important that the refrigerator converted to the smokehouse should be installed above the smoke generator( firebox).If the place is flat, then a pit is dug under the firebox, or the smoking cabinet is installed on the stand.
Smokehouse from the refrigerator with your own hands
Using the instructions, you can easily make a smokehouse from the refrigerator with your own hands for an open space in the country, in your yard. To do this, follow the simple steps. Let's consider 2 options: for cold and hot smoking.
The following steps are performed:
- The refrigerator is being refurbished for a smoke cabinet: the inner lining, the plastic parts are being dismantled.
- Screw fasteners for installation of gratings and hooks.
- At the bottom with a drill and scissors for metal a hole is cut through, corresponding in diameter to the inlet pipe for supplying smoke to the cabinet.
- Installs the locking element in the form of a hook on the door of the refrigerator.
- A furnace in the lower tier of the smokehouse is laid out of refractory bricks; if there is no slope, it is created artificially: a hole is digged for the firebox and a trench for laying the pipe.
- Smokehouse elements( firebox and cabinet) are connected by a pipe using an angle element prepared in advance.
- Additional holes in the upper part for this type of smoking are not cut, there is enough ventilation in the area of the door and other holes that appeared during the dismantling of the holes.
- A drip tray is installed in the bottom shelf.
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Smoking cabinet made from a refrigerator can also be used as a device that performs the function of smoking indoors. The reason for this is the short duration of the cooking process by this method.
Smokehouse from the refrigerator with your own hands for a hot smoking method:
- The plastic part of the lining is removed from the inside of the refrigerator. The magnetic seal between the door and the housing is retained.
- Mounts for trellises and hooks are installed.
- A hook-shaped locking element is attached to the smoke cabinet door.
- All housing holes that have appeared after completion are glued with adhesive tape for sealing.
- At the top of the refrigerator, a hole is cut to install the exhaust fan and fix the pipe to exhaust smoke to the street.
- An exhaust fan is installed in the prepared hole. A pipe is connected to it and brought out through a window to the street.
- A grease tray is installed on the bottom shelf.
- An electric oven is placed at the bottom of the refrigerator. Its power cord is pulled out through a specially prepared hole.
- As a smoke generator for a smokehouse from a refrigerator, a thick-walled tank with chips is installed on the stove.
The design in the form of a refrigerator is easy to operate. Before you make a smokehouse out of the refrigerator and begin to apply it, it is important to learn the simple rules for safe operation, time and temperature conditions. Required to observe the temperature set by the recipe. For smoking large pieces of meat, the degree of smoking is always higher than for small ones. It should be noted that the time required for smoking fish and chicken is much lower than for pork and beef. When cooking meat should be evenly distribute the pieces on the grid. It is better to avoid overlays and overlaps of big pieces on small.
Do not open the smokehouse door often, as the cooking conditions are violated.
The order of use of the smoke cabinet made from the refrigerator:
- Cold Smoke:
- firewood is harvested, suitable for smoking, in the right quantity;
- makes a fire in the firebox;
- warming up a smoking case;
- laid out the prepared products on the grid or hung on hooks;
- smokehouse is locked;
- waits cooking time according to the recipe;
- controlled the flow of firewood and the power of combustion in the furnace.
- Hot Smoked:
- connects the power supply of the furnace installed in the smokehouse;
- is installed on a heating element tank with chips suitable for smoking selected products;
- laid out or suspended products;
- door tightly closed, if necessary, the junction of the door and the body is pasted with adhesive tape;
- pipe for smoke output is placed in the vent or exhaust port;
- turn on the exhaust fan;
- recorded the start time of cooking.
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Selection of raw materials for smoking
The best choice, when determining raw materials for smoking, will be logs and chips:
- fruit species: apple, pear, cherry
- hardwood deciduous trees: oak, beech, alder.
Before using sawdust and wood chips, make sure that the material is clean, so that there are no foreign odors.
Homemade smokehouse from the refrigerator with your own hands is a reliable and affordable method of providing smoke products to a large family. Small efforts, desire and creative approach will give a new life to the old refrigerator, diversify the dishes on the holiday table. Be patient for best results!
Making a smokehouse from the refrigerator - video