Cleaning glass on MES

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Raptorfan85

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Not sure if this technique had been shown before but this is how I clean the glass on my MES super easily.
 
I have a spray bottle of soapy water (dawn dish soap) that I spray the glass on my Pit Boss - then I use a green scotch bright pad to loosen it all up then spray it off with clean water - most of the time the clean water is just an old water bottle with a small hole poked in the cap - then a quick wipe with a paper towel and it's ready to go for the next time.

With the tempered glass in mine I'd not want to scratch it with the metal scraper.
 
My neighbor and I have the same Pit Boss smoker vertical with the glass. He got his first. I was using simple green at first but after a pork butt or any long smoke it was getting difficult. He turned me on to the Mr. Clean magic eraser. Works great. i get around two cleanings worth out if it. I clean the glass about every 3 times I smoke. After using the eraser to get the heavy caked on smoke off I then switch over to just simple green and paper towels.
 
I was under the impression that I shouldn't use cleaning products in the smoker. When I bought it the directions said not to. Hence using the scraper. So I guess it's ok as long as I rinse it? The scraper does an excellent job getting 95 percent of it off.
 
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I don’t have an electric smoker. Mine is wood frame and the more smoke on the inside the better.
However, for general bbq cleaning I found a product called “Mean Green” this stuff cuts grease very well and that’s what I would try at least for maintenance.
 
I was under the impression that I shouldn't use cleaning products in the smoker. When I bought it the directions said not to. Hence using the scraper. So I guess it's ok as long as I rinse it? The scraper does an excellent job getting 95 percent of it off.


Dawn is most excellent at breaking down the grease and since your door with the window swings out like mine does, cleaning it and rinsing it then wiping it off keeps all of that out of the smoker and should be good to go. Just make sure that if you're doing it on a deck or nice concrete that you put a scrap piece of cardboard or something down to catch all that gunk so it doesn't ruin whatever is underneath it.
 
My MES is 9 years old and the glass has never been cleaned. Mostly because it was too much trouble. But that Scraper Trick is as easy as it gets and even with a couple of streaks, close enough for Government Work! I guess the window will finally get cleaned, might have to make 2 passes though.😂...JJ
 
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My MES is 9 years old and the glass has never been cleaned. Mostly because it was too much trouble. But that Scraper Trick is as easy as it gets and even with a couple of streaks, close enough for Government Work! I guess the window will finally get cleaned, might have to make 2 passes though.😂...JJ
See, this guy gets it lol. Super easy and quick and not very messy or hard. If I can do it in 10 seconds with no scrubbing it's a win in my book.
 
White or apple cider vinegar, a few paper towels or a basic no-scratch kitchen scrubby and a little elbow grease makes the glass in MES look like new. The scraper first might speed up the process and then the vinegar will finish off the job. I have never used anything but vinegar in my MES - and don't forget to clean off your therm-probe at the same time (or more often)!
 
I clean my MES glass after every use while it is still warm. I use Bearcarver Bearcarver 's method, I think it is in his step by steps. I use a bucket half full of hot tap water. A regular Sponge and the ashes left over from the cook.
I wet the sponge, dip it into the ashes and scrub the glass with the damp ashes on the sponge. Do this several times til it takes off all of the stuff on the glass. Then rinse the sponge clean, and reclean the glass with clean sponge. Then I use Paper towels for the final drying wipe.
 
I've been using rubbing alcohol and paper towels, seems to work fine. But if that stops working, I'll give the scraper a try.
 
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Not sure if this technique had been shown before but this is how I clean the glass on my MES super easily.


I have that exact scraper, but with a shorter handle.
It does a Great Job, if you let it go too long, and I always clean mine before a Smoke, instead of after, so it's plenty cooled off & hardened. Just be careful when wiping the gunk off the scraper---Looks like an accident waiting to happen.

I like the water & ashes method, but most of the time I used a cleaner named "Awesome".

Bear
 
Great way to get the thick stuff off, but to finish the job, rubbing alcohol and a couple paper towels will make it look like new.
Al
 
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