I've been poking around the website for a while now and just decided to join in. Thanks to everyone, I've learned so much already! I decided to try my hand at smoking for the first time about 3 months ago, and I've been tweaking and tinkering every weekend since. I recently purchased a new offset smoker, a Brinkmann Smoke'n Pit. I've done a few modifications and have cooked a few meals in the firebox so far, haven't done any smoking with this one yet, but after only maybe 5 burns, the ceramic coating on the charcoal grate in the firebox is gone in some areas and bare metal is showing. It's not the first time I've seen this happen but is the first time I've tried to correct...or delay the issue. In the hunt for a quick fix I found some Rust Kill barbeque black spray enamel, allegedly heat resistant up to 1300 degrees, and painted the charcoal grate last weekend. In hindsight, I'm wondering if that was a good idea or not. Has anyone done this or had any success with it? My main concern is safety. I don't want to be feeding my family and friends food infused with deadly chemicals. I'm not opposed to buying a new grate or stripping the one i have down again if it will prove beneficial. I've vowed to not use any kind of chemical type nonsense (had to give up charcoal lighter fluid) in the new smoker.
Thanks to anyone who can point me in the right direction!