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Wife purchased me a Masterbuilt electric smoker for my birthday. First smoke in it was a whole chicken and a large salmon fillet, both came out amazing. I've been BBQing with a Weber gas for 20+ years, but this is my first smoker. Can't believe how moist the chicken was. I've got some ribs and a brisket to try this weekend. I saw that you work on the pictures or it didn't happen motto, so I attached a shot I took.

My first question is how "clean" do I need to wipe down the walls and such after use. It says to wipe down the sides, seal, etc, but didn't specify if I should take the rack guides out and scrub, or what. Also says not to use anything but a damp cloth. Also I've seen comments here about they looking too clean.

Anyways, looking forward to getting a lot of use from this new way to do meat :)
post #2 of 11
Welcome , Your Qview made me hungry. There is a lot of really good info on here and some very helpful members. Qview is always good stuff.
post #3 of 11
Welcome Catz. You'll never get it completely clean and i don't think you want to . This makes your smoker seasoned. I never clean the walls in mine. I might wipe down grates once in a while but they will rust if you clean'm to much. After a smoke i let the smoker cook for a while to cook off the drippins. This is only what I do. But i'm sort of busy and lazy at the same time.
post #4 of 11
Welcome!! Ahh the " to clean or not to clean, that is the question". I always clean my grates and wipe up the fat that made it to the bottom, but that's about it.
post #5 of 11
Welcome to SMF catz!Plenty of good info all around here!Great ppl too!
Happy Smokes!
post #6 of 11
Welcome from another SoCal newb. Great pics. I'm thinking about moving up to an MES from my little electric ECB.

post #7 of 11
Welcome ta SMF Catz!!
post #8 of 11
Welcome to the best smokin' site on the net. SMF that is. Wiping down with a damp towe/cloth is good enough. You don't want to deep scrub as you'll have to reseason the cabinet again. When racks are hot, you can usually use a grill brush on them and they'll be good to go. If there is a heavy buildup, use some dish soap and a scrubber. Hope this helps, there are so many ways to answer your question, but it's all good.
post #9 of 11
Welcome Catz! Glad to have you
post #10 of 11
Welcome to SMF catz-cradle
post #11 of 11
Welcome to SMF. Thanks for the pics. Good looking smoke!
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