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Cleaning a smoker can anyone tell be the best way,


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Mar 30, 2007
Clean ???

OK, I do clean off the grates and sometimes some Grease Lightning on the floor, but the walls and outside........nada.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Jul 9, 2010
I have a chargriller with SFB. I only clean the grates. I foil the inside under the grates and just throw away the foil and wipe the excess grease with some paper towel. The top half has a nice glossy black patina that doesn't come off on your fingers when you rub it. It's like enamel now.



Fire Starter
Joined Jun 18, 2010
I take the grates out and brush them with a brass brush and soap and water.  The main section of my RF gets the rf plate area scraped with a bondo spreader.  I then heat it to 250+ and hose some water in, close the door, let it steam and drain.  Repeat if necessary.  Let it warm up again to dry.



Joined Aug 10, 2013
Well don't laugh at me but I tried a high pressure washer and to no success and much frustration I was ready to throw the whole thing out and just buy another. While sitting there having my coffee it hit me. It was heat that made it that way why not heat to clean in. So I went to the tool shed and broke out the weed burner I lit that they baby and crystallized everything, then sprayed it with spirts of water to sanitize. Well let me tell you it worked wonderful. From know on this is how I will clean my cheap little Char-Broil smoker and side box. Thanks for all the ideas thought.

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