Cleaning Smoker regulary???

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Meat Mopper
Original poster
Aug 28, 2007
Durham, NC
I have a propane Somky Mountain Series made by Great Outdoors. Got it at Walmart 2 years ago. Smoked probaly 15 turkeys in it, 50lbs or jerky and this or that here and there. I got reading on someones site the other day about creosote and cleaning regularly. Got me thinking, is there general maintance I should be doing to my unit? Do I need to rub the walls down on a regular basis? To me it has an oily seasoned surface, but I don't even know what creosote would look like? I only use chips from walmart and dunhams. I don't want to be poisioning my friends or family, so I thought I would run these questions by the forums..... Thanks for any help you can give this rookie.........
Well by burning mostly propane, the only chance of creosote would come from burning a lot of wood at high volume. You know like big clouds of smoke at a time. You could gently wipe it down without wiping it perfectly clean, unless you wanted to season it over again. That's my take on it...
The only thing I have ever cleaned in my GOSM are the grates and the drip pan. Everyone here is still alive. As I posted in the Roll Call thread, I think it would take an absolute effort to creosote up a propane smoker.
Right on fellas, that is what I was hoping to hear. From my understanding creosote comes from unseasoned woods, and certain woods in particular. When burning propane there really shouldn't be any problem. Thanx
Read your owners manual that came with your GOSM.
It says to clean the water bowl and grids with hot soapy water, rinse & dry. It also says use a damp cloth to clean the inside and outside of the smoker cabinet, but why? Once seasoned the water pan and grids are the only things to worry about. I run mine through the dishwasher now and then. Wipe out the bottom of the cabinet occasionally.
And stop using chips! Use chunks and don't soak them. is reader supported and as an Amazon Associate, we may earn commissions from qualifying purchases.

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