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Cleaning out UDS

rw willy

Smoking Fanatic
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 7, 2008
My son and I hold it upside down and shake it.  Or I'll use a wet vac with a ash filter installed.  Once a year I'll hose it out and scrub with simple green.  Reseason and smoke on.  So for so good.


Smoke Blower
Joined Jun 29, 2010
I just lift the coal basket out and wipe the bottom out with a paper towel to get the moisture out and dump any ash from the basket and its ready to use the next time .                                                                                                                                                            I


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 24, 2009
The wife just got a new Dyson, with the suction it has makes me want to take it out to clean the ash from my drums and also the other smoker.

Other then that I just wait till one of the kids is in trouble and they get to clean all the smokers instead of being grounded.


Smoke Blower
Joined Jan 3, 2011
When i looked at it before posting this which was shortly after a smoke it looked a little wet so i was not sure. When i went to clean it though it was rather dry with the ash kinda soaking up the wetness. So I just went and got a standbox shovel and that cleaned the ash and what not out good. I think after the summer ill do like suggested above and hose it out and use some green cleaner. thanks for the info.


Smoking Guru
OTBS Member
Joined Oct 18, 2007
The bottom of my UDS can get quite a bit of water so I usually just wipe it out with a bunch of paper towels ever so often. I have thougt about using a shop vac but I didn't want to have to clean that out after I cleaned the UDS.


Master of the Pit
OTBS Member
Joined Feb 17, 2009
Shop vac to clean the ashes. To clean the grates I throw them on the gas grill on high then wire brush them. Other than that I don't clean the inside of my drum. My drum bottom used to be the top so the moisture leaks out the bottom, no problem with the moisture collecting on the bottom.

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