recently had smoker latex coated now it cooks with a smell that burns my eyes

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by foodiecoryb, Dec 12, 2014.

  1. foodiecoryb

    foodiecoryb Newbie

    I recently had my smoker redone.. it was latex coated and now it give a smell that burns the eyes when smoking. I thought it was the all wood that I am using but it is the same when I don't use it. I start with coal bricks add aged oak. I did 2 test burns and cleaned it before I used it. Why do I get this off putting smell?
  2. jarjarchef

    jarjarchef Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Was the paint rated for high heat? I am not sure if latex is, but look into it. If it was not rated for high heat you will need to remove it and repaint with a high heat rated paint.
  3. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Latex is rubber or acrylic based..... Sand blast it to get rid of the paint/coating...... Use a high temp paint on the outside of the smoker only...

    Jeramy beat me to it.... Thumbs Up
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2014
  4. Yeah, latex is not a good smoker paint

  5. [​IMG]  Latex doesn't do well with heat. [​IMG]

    Happy smoken.

  6. geerock

    geerock Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Hope you didn't pay for that re-furbish. If you did you deserve a refund. Latex is not the way to go with high heat situation. And dave is right..... exterior only.
  7. Hmmm.... typical latex paint is not designed for such applications (latex is essentially rubber).  Heat resistant enamels are usually used for painting grills and smokers, and even those can eventually show some degradation after a few years of being subjected to high heat.  All of the recommendations I can find by Googling it say to use something like a Rustoleum high heat enamel when reconditioning a grill or smoker.  None say to use a latex paint, and a couple spoke specifically against latex.  That is designed primarily for interior and exterior house painting and similar applications.  

    I think that the smell you are getting is the latex burning, and it's probably putting nasty chemicals into the smoke and into your foods too.
  8. foodiecoryb

    foodiecoryb Newbie

    It was professionally done. Only the outside was done and it is high heat. He gave me pointers on keeping it nice and not rusty but that smell is very off putting. It was sandblasted beforehand and it was done right. They do a lot of business so I don't think they would steer me wrong
  9. Go back to them and tell them your problem and ask them what should be done.

    Also when you get a chance will you drop by roll call so everyone can give you a proper SMF welcome?

    Happy smoken.

  10. wolfman1955

    wolfman1955 Master of the Pit

    I would call whoever did the coating and ask them why it smells.
  11. donr

    donr Smoking Fanatic

    High temp. paint will give off fumes after it dries until it has fully cured, which normally requires baking.  it will eventually cure in normal service.  I have also never seen high temperature Latex paint.

    Whether or not this is what's going on, I dont know.  As stated above, I would call them and figure out what's going on.
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would rethink their competency.... Get the Name Brand of the paint and look it up.....

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