Advice? Bitumen paint on cast iron grill

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by rodc, Aug 27, 2009.

  1. rodc

    rodc Smoke Blower

    Is this stuff likely to give off toxic or bad tasting fumes?

    The supplied grids for the charcoal in my smoker have given up the ghost, but I've found a cast iron drain cover that would fit just about perfectly (I was thinking it would also help regulate the temperature). Problem is it's got bitumen paint on it, should I try to get the paint off it?

    I suppose I could do a test burn & see how the smoke smells....


  2. lvrgsp

    lvrgsp Fire Starter

    Bitumen paint if I am not mistaken is used alot in industrial applications, as it is very durable under normal temperatures, however at higher temps it can become soft and start to flow......
    I would not use the grate at all, the problem is bitumen is used on cast and other metals because it penetrates the poreous material well, so I doubt you could get it clean enough, I would not risk it...


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