Can you use Galvinized metal inside your smoker?

Discussion in 'Fridge/Freezer Builds' started by brohnson, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Can you use Galvinized (duct work) metal inside your smoker? I want to put this on the inside of my door and around the edges where the plastic trim was. I've heard you can use it and some say not to. So what do you all think? It's just that I'm trying to keep my cost down if I can.

    Thanks, Tim
  2. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Galvanized steel as a rule really has no place in a smoker. The concern is fumes that it gives off, Zinc Oxide, also known as "Fume Fever" in the metal fab world. In order for it to do that however, the temps have to be very very hot, like when welding it or cutting with a torch, and those temps would not be reached in your smoker, well lets hope they wouldn't anyway LOL.
    If it were me, I would opt for aluminum or steel.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Most people are going to say not to use it to be on the safe side which is probably a good call. But as others have said the galvanized material does need to get really hot before it gives off toxic gas. I have my big 8.5 ft smoker lined with galvanized tin and I have not had a issue. I also have a galvanized ash pan in my UDS and have not had an issue. Neither one of these get very hot so I am not to worried. If I was going to be smoking at high temps then I would start to worry but since I am usually in the 175-275 range I am not to worried but I do keep an eye on it every time I smoke. I'm not saying you should or shouldn't use it that is your decision but I have used it with lower temps without any issues. Good luck.
  4. disbe81

    disbe81 Smoke Blower a few bucks................ or possibly cause some life threatining illness to you or your family from years of toxic gas that "could" be released from the stuff..............

    Im no expert, but sounds like a no brainer to me!
  5. Absolutely not. Better safe than sorry. Especially if you are cooking for someone else...
  6. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Ok thanks. Another question: Can I paint the galvanied metal or teel with high temp paint so I don't have to wipe it down with oil everytime I get done smoking?
  7. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Your talking about painting the inside of the smoker?
  8. mco

    mco Smoke Blower

    Just wash it down with vinegar, that will remove the galvanized coating, and so long as its not exposed to high heat you should be OK.
  9. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    well the new naked steel on the door and where the plastic was around the inside of it. Do I need to paint that to protect it or just leave the new metal naked?
  10. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    I would simply leave it. Give the inside of the smoker a good wipe down with something like simple green followed up with a clean damp rag and season the smoker.
  11. brohnson

    brohnson Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds great, how do i season, what temp and how long.......? Thank
  12. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Once you get the inside all wiped down, free of any oils or grease, you simply start like you are going to smoke something, a dry run so to speak. Temps around 250-300 and heavy smoke for about 3 hours. When done, the inside will have that nice bronzish color to it. After that, your set to start smoking.
  13. coffee_junkie

    coffee_junkie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Yes do all that but, go to the store and buy a can of spray on cooking oil (pam) spray the entire inside down before you fire off the smoker for the first time.
  14. The temp. that galvanized metal mill start to peel and flake is around 390 degrees. the temp wich galvanizing will start to melt and give off fumes is around 790 degrees. If there is a chance your smoker will ever get to 390 at any area that has galvanized metal then i would not chance it. also if the bottom of the smoker is lined with galvanized then you have to worry about drippings hitting it and causing a chemical reaction.
  15. meat hunter

    meat hunter Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    OMG, I can't believe I forgot to mention that!!! Yes, coffee is absolutely right. Where was my head at. Good catch there Coffee[​IMG]
  16. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I can answer both of those questions in a single word:

  17. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    You might want to read this on smoking meat...
  18. moltenone

    moltenone Smoking Fanatic

    that's not going to work,you would have to soak it over a longer period of time to knock it down,and that's still not 100% effective,don't use it.

  19. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Why risk your health? I say nooooooowwww!
  20. travcoman45

    travcoman45 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Go ta yer local furnace shop, fellers that make up duct work an such, they should be able ta bend up some aluminum er light gauge non galvanized steel ta do the same thin fer ya.

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