I generally clean my racks and the body of my smokers with an orange based cleaner. Then I wash the racks again in Dawn. I don't get too fussy with the grease pan except to empty it and wash it out a bit with hot water.
Over the 4th, I modified my propane smoker with a Ranco ETC controller and a solenoid to keep the temp dead on 220F plus or minus whatever diff I want. Works like a charm. No more worrying about long cook times and lack of water in the pan to control temp.
I am starting to get interested in purchasing a wood/ charcoal / pellet smoker. I am looking to spend $500 or so.
what does everyone recomend?