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  • bkoenig
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    Thanks for advice Tin, I will give it a try.
    In my opinion, this is a geat starter way into pc'ing, especially if you have an old freezer laying around.
    Thanks
    Brian

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  • tinbender722
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    Brian,
    Get a thermostat from a junked electric oven and wire it to the female end of an old extension cord and plug your heater into it. It will cycle the power to the heater on and off for temp. control. . Make sure that the gas to the burner turns off if the heater loses power.

    Leo

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  • bkoenig
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    Hopefully the description will help paint a picture as my dig. camera is on the fritz.

    From the torpedo heater (opening approx 8") I used a 8" to 6" reducer (black stove pipe).
    From there, I connected via sheel metal screws, a 3 foot long, 6" stove pipe - straight. In the deepfreeze, I cut approx a 8" round hole for the pipe to enter in. At the end of the 3 foot pipe, I connected an adjustable 6" pipe (adjustable from straight to a 90. Moved that adjustable to a 90 degree angle, took some sheet metal (cut in 4" wide strips) and wrapped it around the pipe going into the freezer. I made a total of 2 rings, held together by sheetmetal screws, to help disipate the heat off of the stove pipe.
    Since I am cheap. I mounted 4 L-brackets inside the freezer, to hold my grill (I use the grill to suspend my parts), and for now, I have a therm. I had with my deep fryer, resting in one of the L bracket holes.
    Since this is a freezer, you will have to remove the gaskets, both of them, one on the door, and one on the chest itself. I choose not use an oven gasket yet, but plan to in the future.
    On the freezer door, I removed the plastic liner, and replaced with a 30" long piece of sheetmetal, again sevured by sheet metal screws.

    What I have witnessed so far.
    The freezer maintains the heat great! The advantage an oven has is heat control. With the torpedo, when on, it blows x amount of heat all the time. And I made a mistake and bought a stainless steel 6" damper, the heat from the torpedo melted one of the screws, so go with a stive pipe damper.
    The chest heats up quick, very quick, and will easily go up to 600+ if you let. So to regulate the temp. I would either keep the door open slightly, or shut down the heater for a minutes.
    I coated a motorcycle calipher yesterday, not for looks so much as for technique. Gun technique, curing etc. It came out ok, and would have been better if i installed my flor. light prior to coating. I still can't believe the ease of use of p/c vs. automotive painting, what a relief.
    I will try to post pic's when my digital camera isn't playing sick.

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  • garyc2121
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    Awesome! Can't wait to hear more details.

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  • bkoenig
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    Hey guys I apologize for notting getting pics up yet. I have been working some late hours for some systems cuts the past few days. I should have pics up by Monday.

    BTW. I have made a total of 3 more test fires and it seems to be working great.

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  • Hemi-T
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    Good advice Hemi, especially since that is how I made the first test run this weekend. I forgot my camera at home, so I will bring it in tomorrow and post some pics.
    Very cool! Very often junkyard gems work just fine, but you always have to be careful. Allow an extra measure of safety while "breaking it in", then PC like a wildman!

    Hemi-T

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  • garyc2121
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    Looking forward to the pics, and am curious how you hooked up the heater (rings you mention, damper, etc...) Thanks for sharing this project!

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  • bkoenig
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    This freezer confirms that there is nothing wrong with a little junk, so long as it can be recycled into something productive.

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  • customandsound
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    Sanford and son special passes a few more tests fires, I just may be in the junkyard business.
    Brian
    i got my own junk yard up on the hill... and a lot of equipment was build from it

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  • bkoenig
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    Good advice Hemi, especially since that is how I made the first test run this weekend. I forgot my camera at home, so I will bring it in tomorrow and post some pics.
    Although I didn't pc anything yet, as I wanted to see how the Sanford and son special oven would work, the deep freeze surprised me. I fired up the torpedo, and with out the oven gasket, the freezer got up to 350 within 3 minutes. One thing I noticed when making my cut for the 90 into the freezer is the walls are filled with foam insulation, but my remedy has seemed to work. I made a few steel rings, that wrap around the stove pipe, to help disperse the heat - not a hint of an issue.
    It just so happens that my neighbor (I live in a rural area) chucked an old school deep freeze (Fridgedare "made by General Motors). The deep freeze is approx. 6' L x 3.5' T x 3.5' W. IF the Sanford and son special passes a few more tests fires, I just may be in the junkyard business.
    I will try to post some pics tomorrow.
    Brian

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  • customandsound
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    i got 3 old frezzers in back of the barn ,,,,, put some pics up

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  • Hemi-T
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    Safety tip. Try your freezer oven out in a place that's easy to put the fire out, like on the driveway outside the garage. Freezer insulation may react differently to 450 degrees than it does to 10 degrees. Be safe. It's not worth burning the house or garage down.

    Hemi-T

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  • bkoenig
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    Well so far, I will be using black stove pipe from the torpedo to the freezer. After removing the freezer motor, I have found a perfect place for my pipe connection. I plan on using a damper in the middle of the pipe, to help regulate the temp.
    My plan is to install a 90 out from the freezer, connect straight pipe to torpedo. Then I will have to replace the gaskets on the door, because they are rubber, with oven grade gaskets, and then a temp gauge.
    I am still debating a window, and since the freezer door is similiar in size as a oven door, I just may replace.
    I am buying little by little, and should be done with it in the next week or so.

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  • garyc2121
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    I'll be interested in how your freezer oven works out. I have one I'd like to do the same thing with.

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  • bkoenig
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    Funny you should mention an oven. I was looking at it over the weekend, and I have changed my mind to make it an oven. I am thinking about using my torpedo heater, 8" heating duct, adding some lining to the inside of the deepfreeze walls, and replacing the inside of the door, which is the only plastic I can see. I have some metal sheets, laying around that I will use for this purpose. The beauty of it is, this was designed to keep temperature, (cold obviously) but temp. none the same. When I removed the plastic liner from the door, it has the insulation already. I will post pics when I am done. From the looks if it, I should be able to suspend up to a car rim it I wanted. And to think I was gonna throw this freebie away.
    Thanks for help.

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