Im guilty of not checking out the forums foe ages! Apologises...
Last used my UDS smoker three weeks ago and its been sat on the patio wrapped as it always is in a tarp with ratchet straps, usually does all ok. But i unwrapped her today ready to smoke a chicken this afternoon and when i took the lid off the bottom of the drum was 3inches deep in murky water and the sides and grill were growing lots of spores of lovely mould! charming!
No idea how the tarp has leaked and 3inches of water got in, little confused but there we are, it has.So ive abandoned todays planned smoke and the chickens in the kitchen oven sadly!
Whats best plan to get the UDS safe and hygienic for cooking again? What i have done so far is to empty the water out, filled the basket (which is a little rusty now) with an old bag of supermarket lumpwood (not wasting the heatbeads) and fired her up, not cooking on it, was purely to try and get the whole drum etc dry again! Its currently sitting at about 360F so sure after a few hours all will be dry once more. Just need to work out cleaning it safely once its cool tomorrow.
Will a simple scrub and wash be enough? Or are we talking sanding and getting back to metal to be safe from the mould!
Also need look at a better dry storage solution for the UDS now, making room in the sheds probably best!