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SmokinPro interior rust?

post #1 of 11
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I got a smokinpro offset this weekend, and aside from a little rust spot on the bottom of the smoke box, the exterior is beautiful. The fire box has obviously never been used. But it has been grilled in a bit by neophytes and the smoke box grill basket is warped and rusted pretty good, and the lower interior has extensive surface rust. Should I just season the crap out of it and let it be? or make a long messy process with a wire wheel? Also the grates in the smoke box are kinda brown themselves.

I want to start modding this thing...Now. At two thirty AM.
post #2 of 11
you could do the wire wheel thing, but if it were me, i'd spray the rust spots with pam or wipe them down with crisco each time the first few uses, then every now and then after that. should take care of that with no problems as it quickly seasons like a cast iron griddle.
post #3 of 11
I just wire wheeled mine yesterday to remove the spots on the outside. I then hit it with high temp black paint. Tonight, i'll coat it with some oil and fire it up.

inside i just coat it with oil
post #4 of 11
I had found a New Braunfels "El Dorado" smoker/grill this past December on Craigslist...$90...I was soooo happy! It has been pulling almost daily duty since then....when it ain't raining anyway....
The previous owner may have built one fire in the lower firebox section...maybe...there was some light orange interior rust in the cooking chamber....obviously he never coated the inside with any oil, and there was no cure of any kind inside...no creosote, no nothing except the light orange rust.
I rubbed the entire interior with a rag greased up with lard. That pretty much cleaned up that light rust. I gave the entire inside a good coat of lard, built a first (smallish) fire in that firebox (which was fully greased as well...) and let her smoke up the joint for a while...got that nice smoked color started....the start of a beautiful relationship between me and this grill!
Anyway....I had even given the outside a good coat of high temp black grill paint even though it didn't look like it needed it....a couple weeks ago I rubbed the entire outside with a "lard rag" and shined her up real good...(it has been raining here almost daily this year it seems, so the greased up exterior has been a fantastic raincoat....this is a working grill...not a runway model.........

I need to figure out how to post pictures on here...I have a myspace page that has a folder of my cooking pics is anyone is interested....search for "mtnwalker", you'll find me......soon as I figure out how to post pictures...I'll start doing it here...
post #5 of 11
I wouldn't paint the interior of a cooking device. That dried paint will release chems as it burns.
post #6 of 11
I'm in a similar situation; I want to know how does greasing the interior and the exterior of the smoker help? I'm new to this and I am intrigued. A guy I work with gave me this smoker, it has been sitting outside for God knows how long. I can't even tell what brand it is. The name is carved in the wood on the handles but it is so worn I can't make it out. But hey I can't complain about free, cause there is no better price.
post #7 of 11
Simply: Oil or grease put a barrier between the metal and the airborne oxygen that corrodes that metal. If you own a cast-iron skillet you've already seen this - if you do not season the pan, it develops rust.
post #8 of 11
I get the barrier part. But the grease just dosen't burn off? Awesome. Thanks, I'm gonna have to do that.
post #9 of 11
I just spent a weekend cleaning the grates 95% clean in a big wood burner rig and seasoned it rights away. The fellas in this forum suggested to do that. I am a newbie and ran with it. I think I'll be better off in the long run for doing it.
post #10 of 11
You do have to re-season occasionally. Particularly after you do a thorough cleaning.
post #11 of 11
I was finally able to figure out that my "new to me" smoker is a "New Braunfels," I just don't know what model. Got my first smoke in it this weekend and I am more than pleased. Thanks for the advice on the rust guys.
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