Seasoning a Smoker???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by stevetheteacher, Jan 30, 2016.

  1. I just bought a Smoke Vault 18, and I know I'm supposed to season it before actual smoking. I know it involves running the smoker with nothing on it, but I don't know much more about it? Can someone please explain the seasoning process to me, including how long to do it?

    Thanks so much!!!
  2. bbqwillie

    bbqwillie Smoking Fanatic

    I am no authority but this is what I do.....

    Clean the smoker to remove any manufacturing residue.You can use soap and water to do this (DAWN works great to remove any grease or oil). Dry the  smoker with compressed air or clean rags. I use a vegetable oil and a paint brush to coat all surfaces, including the grates but you can use PAM if it's more convenient. Bring the smoker to 250-275 and leave like that for several hours. Let cool and you're all done.
  3. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    For me the easy way is to spray the inside with Pam, put some wood in & let her run for at least 2 hours. I have a SV 24. I would suggest you use wood chunks. You can put some chips in at the start just to get it going, then chunks after that. Here's a photo of what I use.

    I also put a layer of lava rock in the water pan, then water.

  4. I just did mine, and followed the instructions, kinda.  LOL   I did not spray it with anything, just connected the propane tank, turned it on, brought it up to about 230 or so and ran it with hickory wood for about 2 hours.  I also put water in the tray and rigged up a thermomter inside by drilling a hole into a 2x4 for the probe.  It would move anywhere between 220 and 235 or so, but I figured that was good.  Once it hit about 2 hours or so, I shut it down, let it cool and put it away.  We have had rain almost everyday since then, so I have not had a chance to actually try and cook in it.  But, that is what I did.  But, let me also say, I am a real newbie, so I kinda went with the instructions and just put my spin on it    Good luck.
  5. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Steve, Where have you been? Been missing you.

    I don't know anything about your particular smoker, but I'll just tell you what I did for my smoker. I sprayed it down good with Pam and heated it up to about 350*. I held it there for about 2 hours and then let the fire burn out and didn't touch it until the next day. When I opened it, she was really slick. I didn't use any special wood, just my normal oak that I cook with.

    Good luck with yours, Joe
  6. I just cranked up the heat in order to season the smoker. It lit up easily, the temp was easy to manage, and I gad fun!

    I think I'm gonna like this. I just wish I had some meat to grill!!!!
  7. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Way to go, Steve. Now that you're all seasoned, you're ready for meat at any time. Be sure to post some pics.

  8. I couldn't resist, and I threw a burger on the smoker. It was delicious!!!
  9. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Just couldn't wait, huh? I'm glad it was good.
  10. krex1010

    krex1010 Smoke Blower

    Unless your smoker has unfinished steel inside there is no real need to season it. Seasoning protects the unfinished surfaces from rusting. Yes you may run a tad hotter until you build some love up on the inside, but there is no reason to not cook something the first time you fire it up. I know people talk about burning off packing grease or whatever but I've never seen any inside a cooker, wipe it down with a wet paper towel and start cooking!
  11. ddbck

    ddbck Fire Starter

    Definitely  season it. Burn off all of the impurities.  Fill water trey, Pam the inside, throw some wood chunks on & fire it up. The temp dial is very touchy, a 1/16" of a turn will change the temp 20-25 deg. Experiment with it a bit. Let it go for 2 hours or so. Happy smoking. The Smoke Vault is a fantastic smoker and holds the temps very well.
  12. smokeymose

    smokeymose Master of the Pit

    I just sprayed a little Pam in mine and burned high for a couple hours. I don't think it's like seasoning a cast iron pan or anything, just mainly to burn off any manufacturing, storage or shipping oils, chemicals, etc.
  13. paul6

    paul6 Meat Mopper SMF Premier Member

    I bought the biggest cheapest bottle of vegetable oil I and painted it on Whenever I see a dry spot I just repaint it !!!
  14. rogerwilco

    rogerwilco Meat Mopper

    On our offset, I first wiped the inside, then coated it all over inside the cooking chamber with cooking oil. Having gone to a butcher and gotten several pounds of pork and beef fat trimmings, these were placed on the food racks. The smoker was then run at around 300-325°F for about four hours: smelled great and gave a real sheen to the inside.
  15. bullitt5339

    bullitt5339 Newbie

    I never thought about coating the inside with Pam, but I guess that would be a quicker way.  I typically go high heat for about an hour to get rid of all the bad stuff and then do a couple pounds of bacon.
  16. thebig1

    thebig1 Smoking Fanatic

    I understand that this thread has a few months on it but I just bought a used smoker which is well seasoned.  In addition to that I just did the mods of the baffle and tuning plates which are brand new.

    So let me know if I understand this right.

    1. Clean the parts with Dawn.

    2. Start fire in firebox using chunk charcoal.

    3. After burning for a little while add my good smoke wood to it.

    4. Let it burn and smoke around 300 for a could of hours.

    5.  You're good to go.

    Is all of this right?  Also, would it be better to use some lard or would that just simply be a waste of some good lard?

  17. phatbac

    phatbac Master of the Pit

    It depends on the smoker. for my smoker (Lang off-set RF) i didn't need to dawn the parts just spray down the cook chamber with veg oil. smoke it to till it got really hot steam clean it and then spray with oil again and smoke a couple more hours. then i was ready to cook food on it. go to you tube and search for seasoning a smoker and put in your type of smoker.

    Hope this helps,

    phatbac (Aaron)
  18. thebig1

    thebig1 Smoking Fanatic

    Thanks Aaron.  I have a New Braunfels offset.  I guess that's just what I'll do.  I'm sure that anything is better than nothing.

  19. joe black

    joe black Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I agree with Aaron, but if your cooker is very dirty from having been used you may want to wash it down with something. Other than that, just follow Aaron's advice. It's so easy, that's what I do about every 3-4 cooks. Just let it get hot when you finish cooking and spray with water. Then spray with vegetable oil and let the heat go until it dies out. No problem.
  20. thebig1

    thebig1 Smoking Fanatic

    I know that this may sound silly, but you actually clean your smoker?

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