I have finally gotten all my parts together for my mods and I'm about ready for final reassembly. I noticed that the plates of steel(new) I had for a deflector and baffles would not really rust on the outside but where I drilled holes the holes would rust when they got wet. I asked my uncle who is a metal fabricator and who made the plates for me about it and he said the outside is covered with scale. Do you take a wire brush on a drill and clean them up or use them like they are. I was trying to find out about it with a web search. I came up with a chromium oxide coating but not sure if that is what this is. I know zinc and galvanizing are not good in a smoker and I don't want to have anything bad on my food that I'm feeding to others.
Please help!!!! I'm about to run out of smoked meat and go into withdrawels!
Edited by offset grillin - 3/29/12 at 6:54am