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AMS clean up ?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by tyotrain, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    Ok i got my AMS last week and i love it.. But i got excited and was not thinking straight well dripping of the food got in to the AMS and its a mess i have heated it up brushed  it i  just can't get it clean like i would like... My ? is would it hurt anything if i lightly went over it with my sand blaster to clean it up....[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  2. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just scrape it out every time, and about every 6 uses, spray some grease remover on it and wash it off with hot water.  Gotta burn the chemicals off it before the next use.

    I ordered one of those $100 steam cleaners and will report if it actually works on both the smoker and the AMNS.

    TJ
     
  3. tyotrain

    tyotrain Master of the Pit

    TJ what grease remover do you use ?
     
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Hmmm I have a steam cleaner and never thought to use it on the smoker.  I bet it would work great
     
  5. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Legendary Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    simple green would work well
     
  6. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I tried oven cleaner, but the chemical residue was nasty.

    It's called "Super Degreaser" by Rubbermaid.  I spray it on and scrub it lightly with a small wire brush.

    Short of taking out the pressure washer, it's the best I can do.

    TJ
     
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  7. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I have never done anything but use a small wire brush on mine. When the smoke is done I empty the cold ashes into my wifes rose garden and tap the unit on the sidewalk then hit with a brush and keep goin - so do I need a new bright shiny one Todd LOL
     
  8. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kinda like a "Go Fast Car"

    The cleaner it is, the faster it looks

    TJ
     
  9. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Ok you shamed me into it - it is in the sink soaking so I can make it purdy
     
  10. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Mine are relegated to the category of "a clean desk is the sign of a sick person" .  I knock the ashes out, get it ready for the next Q.  I'll bet some of you polish your tools too.[​IMG]   j/k I think.  When it comes to the myriad array of "cleaners" I get a little nervous because of the possibility of cleaning residue not reacting well with heat and releasing some unwanted fumes.  Call me paranoid but I spent too many years working in an Oil Refinery, around all kinds of chemicals that are just not friendly, when heated or even just left alone.
     
  11. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Don't worry Dave all it is getting is a good soak and brush - no chrome polish no wax
     
     
  12. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member


    C'mon Scar,

    Take it easy on the wife's rose garden!

    The other day it was "peeing" in that rose garden. Was that to put the AMNS ashes out?

    Bear mumbles under his breath, "Pretty young wife, and she still lets him get away with that stuff!"

    Bear
     
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    I just knock the ashes in a metal bucket. Then drop it on my black top driveway, and hit it from all directions with the full force of my garden hose. That usually takes care of it. If it needs more (very seldom), I'll either brush it or put it in the DW for a trip.

    Bear
     
  14. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Why do you think I planted the dang thing. The ashes are actually good for the soil and they always need a little extra water
     
     
  15. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Yes, ashes are an excellent additive to your garden soil.  Potash if memory serves and I wouldn't really count on that.
     
  16. tjohnson

    tjohnson Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Insider OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    "Potash"???

    Is that a California Thing???

    LOL!!!!

    TJ
     
  17. nwdave

    nwdave Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    California??? Not hardly.

    A couple of extracted quotes from Wikipedia concerning Potash.

    "Potash (specially potassium carbonate) has been used from the dawn of history in bleaching textiles, making glass, and, from about A.D. 500, in making soap. Potash was principally obtained by leaching of the ashes of land and sea plants.      

    Potash production provided late-18th and early-19th century settlers in North America a way to obtain badly needed cash and credit as they cleared their wooded land for crops. To make full use of their land, excess wood, including stumps, needed to be disposed. The easiest way to accomplish this was to burn any wood not needed for fuel or construction. Ashes from hardwood trees could then be used to make lye, which could either be used to make soap or boiled down to produce valuable potash.   

    Potash has been used since antiquity in the manufacture of glass, soap, and soil fertilizer. Potash is important for agriculture because it improves water retention, yield, nutrient value, taste, colour, texture and disease resistance of food crops. It has wide application to fruit and vegetables, rice, wheat and other grains, sugar, corn, soybeans, palm oil and cotton, all of which benefit from the nutrient’s quality enhancing properties.[9]  

    End of quotes.

    The ashes from wood products you use for smoking consequently will help your garden.  I remember my Grandparents and Parents spreading the ashes from their fireplace and kitchen wood stoves in the garden beds.  Hey, it's recycling at it's simplest.
     
  18. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Thanks Dave for covering my back on this one. I knew I was doing the right thing for sure  

     
     
  19. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Methinks Todd as referring to a different kind of smoking: "Pot ash". Doh! [​IMG]
     
  20. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I have a big bush growing right next to my GOSM, and that is where I dump the little ash left from burning lump and chunks. That bush looks like it is on steriods....yeah, the kind of bush that grows from the ground.