Clean or Not to Clean

Discussion in 'Propane Smokers' started by tucson smoker, Apr 15, 2009.

  1. I know that it's must to break-in a new smoker, however, is there ever a time when you should "Clean-out" the smoker over time?
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I just recently had to clean out my GOSM it had built up a lot of grease in the bottom and scraping it out wasn't good enough evidently because it caught on fire. Was no big thing but it got a good pressure washing and re-seasoned and all is well now
  3. smokebuzz

    smokebuzz Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I do the "burn out" a couple times a year, fill it full of wadded up newspappers, a lot of them and lite it off. Then take a wire brush to the loose stuff, and reseason with lard.
  4. fire it up

    fire it up Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Make sure to keep the ashes cleaned out of your unit, moisture and ashes can cause rust.
    I used to clean my little red bullet everytime I got finished smoking and after reading and gaining knowledge I found it isn't necessary to give your smoker a nice shiny cleaning every single time you use it. In fact I have noticed lots of people clean certain parts but let the main body smoke and season many times.
    I clean my grates everytime but have just allowed the inner body to "season" and this has been 3 weeks and counting and works great!
  5. cruizer

    cruizer Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Cannot remember who said it first. But clean the smoker, Them's fightn words! I always clean the racks and water pan nothing else been 5 months. MES [​IMG]
  6. sumosmoke

    sumosmoke Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I clean the grates and spray out the insides after every smoke (self-cleaning method) and recently did a nice scrub down on the walls as little black flakes were peeling off and falling into the food.
  7. dirtman775

    dirtman775 Smoking Fanatic

    Spring cleaning only[​IMG] let all that good juicy flavor sit the winter and scrape her out in the spring. I do clean the grates after every smoke, get her up to temp and spray with water and steam her clean.
  8. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    Paint scraper & wire brush every so often.

    The main idea is to make sure you keep rust at bay.

    Ash and water can be corrosive.
  9. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I use a wet/dry vac to pickup any ashes from the bottom of the GOSM. The racks get cleaned about once every two weeks. I foil the grease pan, that makes cleanup much easier.
  10. tn_bbq

    tn_bbq Smoking Fanatic

    That's funny. I did the same a couple weeks ago with mine.

    I've even been known to use the yard blower, but it made such a mess of things (mainly my eyes, nose & ears).

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