I'm getting the hang for the my new lang, and I had a quick question about cleaning. I've referenced Lang's website as far as the procedure goes, heat to 300 steam then back to 300 steam one more time, then 45 degree on the damper smoke cure for about 20 min.
This is what I have been doing. After a smoke I will get it back up to 300 and then scrub with a wire brush the particles left on there after the cook and then I remove both bottom grates and do the same on the griddle. Then I let it get back up to 300, then steam the griddle and wash out all the chunkies, then i put the grates back on get it back to 300, steam those and then let the water dry. After that I spray cooking oil all around then lower the temp to 225, and close one pin wheel all the way and the other to about 90% and then the damper to 45 degrees. I then let it spend the rest of the time until the fire goes out curing the griddle. I also paint the whole outside with oil at this time. The next time i fire it up I steam clean it really quick before I cook on it.
Am I going over kill? Do i need to oil season the inside every time? I am a bit paranoid about rust since the guy I got it from neglected it and I spend 4 days grinding out all the rust and repainting it and re curing it. I would hate to see any show up again.
I noticed that after I cook the steam clean alone doesn't get rid of all the bits left over and I found that if I use the wire brush I remove the seasoning and I didn't want it to sit exposed without it until the next cook.
What do you guys do? Any suggestions?