I am very new to all of this, so I'm glad to be a member of this community. Please teach me anything!
Me and my friend we together built a stainless steel offset smoker. We didnt have any woods in hand at time so we went ahead and "season" the smoker with only charcoal (and we brushed the inside with canola oil). Tried to keep the heat around 225-250, sometimes a little lower, sometimes a little higher, for around 4 hours. However, after that, the inside of the smoker didn't look very clean. The whole area is sticky, and the grate area closest to the firebox had ash from the charcoal. Now it smells kinda weird (it must be the smell of the oil), and it's sticky. It just looks not very good.
Should I go ahead and wash the smoker off with soapy water, let it air dry and then season it again with charcoal and woods (we'll make sure we have woods this time)?
Anything that relates to using a stainless steel smoker, if you feel that it's necessary, please tell me. I am willing to learn anything.
Thank you and Im looking forward to hearing from you guys.