Webber Smokey Mountain paint chipping off

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by chcolmenares, Dec 21, 2014.

  1. All,

    I've had my Smokey Mountain smoker for almost a year and I've been really happy with it. Last time I used it I got a nasty surprise: some paint from the inside of the lid had flaked off (and landed in my pork shoulder). After uttering a few 4 letter words, I cleaned off the paint flakes and proceeded to eat the shoulder (it was delicious).

    I wonder if this has happened to anybody else?

    Merry Christmas, all!

  2. That's not paint. It's carbonized grease. It's normal. I steel wool pad, soap and water is all it needs. And a little elbow grease. The WSM is porcelain finished not painted.
  3. noboundaries

    noboundaries Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've seen that carbonized deposit come off in big sheets in my Kettle after a period of inactivity.

    Interesting that you just brought this up. I scrapped down my WSM this morning. That stuff can grow mold in a damp environment between uses if more than two weeks. We've had a lot of rain and I was seeing signs that my WSM was about to become a petri dish. Clean now and in use.
  4. timberjet

    timberjet Master of the Pit

    I get that in mine often in the cooler months. Yep, wire brush it off now and then and a good scrub once in a while with dish soap and water you will be golden. I had my first kettle for 20 plus years and not one chip came off. Sure love my new one and the young couple I gifted my old one to love it too.
    Last edited: Dec 21, 2014
  5. Thanks everybody for the feedback. Yes, the smoker had been sitting for a while and I fired it up in 20 degree weather.

    20 years smoking meat! Sounds like a lot of fun!! :)

    Thanks for the feedback!
  6. krubby

    krubby Smoke Blower

    While it isn't the WSM, my Weber grill had the same thing.  And I thought it was the same thing (paint).  Showed it to my dad and he confirmed the same - it isn't paint but grease etc.

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