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Cleaning Your Smoker??
« on: 04/05/11 20:55:43 »
How often, if ever, do you clean your smoker?  And what do you use?  I have an electric Masterbuilt and wonder if others with a vertical smoker ever clean their's when the walls get completely coated.  Dee
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #1 on: 04/06/11 00:37:20 »
I usually clean the racks and the water pan (sometimes I forget to foil line it) with warm soapy water.  I have been known to spray the outside of it with a hose and sometimes I turn the heat up as high as it goes for awhile to burn off anything inside, but that is the extent of the cleaning I do on my Masterforge.
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #2 on: 04/06/11 05:34:35 »
Dee, I have a Double and clean it after every use. The best info i got was from LostArrow. His link below.

http://forums.charbroil.com/index.php?topic=1645.0

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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #3 on: 04/06/11 10:32:31 »
I usually clean the racks and the water pan with warm soapy water.

I concur with Bobo.  I clean the racks and water pan.  I keep an eye on the inside and after a while you might see some flaking inside the chamber which I then use a newspaper to lightly wipe it.  A well seasoned smoker with be blacker than the ace of spades.
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #4 on: 04/07/11 08:49:12 »
I guess the question I should have asked is...How do you tell the difference between seasoning and creosote build up?  Dee
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #5 on: 04/07/11 09:04:30 »
It sounds like some of you baby your smokers. Mine is not ready for a fashion show...it is ready to make some good eats ;)  I just give my racks a light cleaning with a brush and the water bowl get's a run in the dishwasher ;D

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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #6 on: 09/19/11 07:10:10 »
I clean the racks and water pan and dump out the ashes from the wood box, then plan whats next with what wood would compliment the item getting smoked.
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #7 on: 09/19/11 07:43:09 »
If it is thick enouh to get a PLASTIC scraper blade under it - I will remove it. And - once in a great while ( yearly?) I will use a little oven cleaner to remove trouble spots, like where a build up can generate smoke from being too close tot eh heat source during the next cook.

But - I have not ever tried to clean a smoker back to "like - new" in the interior......
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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #8 on: 09/19/11 10:30:06 »
I nock the loose scale off the inside with a ball of aluminum foil
and I was the racks and water bowl in the dishwasher

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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #9 on: 09/19/11 17:21:32 »
Dee, I have a Double and clean it after every use. The best info i got was from LostArrow. His link below.

http://forums.charbroil.com/index.php?topic=1645.0


Rad you are dead on, this is to me the most important part of what LA said for any charcoal or wood cooker, be it grill, smoker, whatever.

"What causes corrosion? Heat, moisture, corrosive chemicals ( in a smoker mainly salt ) Ash & unburned charcoal left in the smoker absorb moisture from the air & hold moisture against the metal & in especially bad."

Even if  your cooker is covered, on a covered deck, whatever, the ash will absorb moisture out of the air set up some sort of chemical reaction that will eat up the metal. I have heard people say to leave the ash in the bottom to "protect" the bottom from the hot coals. That is the worst thing you can do. Even after 24 hours I have had ashes dumped in a paper sack smolder and catch flame. It can be unnerving at midnight when the smoke dectector in your basement goes off and you come downstairs to see a paper sack on fire. After that I kept a 5 gallon galvanized garbage can that I dumped all my ashes in.

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Re: Cleaning Your Smoker??
« Reply #10 on: 09/19/11 18:31:38 »
Nothing like a little "hot ash" to liven up the nite! ;D
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