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Webber Smokey Mountain paint chipping off

post #1 of 6
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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!

post #2 of 6
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.
post #3 of 6
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.
post #4 of 6

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.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
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!
post #6 of 6

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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