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cleaning smoker - to clean or not to clean

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by shellbellc, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. shellbellc

    shellbellc Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    How does everyone treat cleaning the inside of their smoker? I have a little electric one and I'm getting a build up on the inside, how much is beyond "seasoned"?
  2. cajunsmoker

    cajunsmoker Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I would only clean mine out on the inside if I had a reason to other than getting rid of ashes and cleaning water pans and such. My sister had a little sign in her kitchen that said "My kitchen is clean enough to be healthy and dirty enough to be comfortable". She was a RN so I took her word for it.
  3. larry maddock

    larry maddock Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    yo shellbellc dudette,
    i clean the grates a lot.
    the inside wall i let stay "au natural"

    the outside walls have grass on them from the mower [ha ha ]
    im only kidding.
  4. keywesmoke

    keywesmoke Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    I clean mine when it catches fire. Other than that, let her eat.
  5. zardnok

    zardnok Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    I have a large drain hole in the backside of Puff, so if I decide he needs a bath, I fire up the pressure washer and go to town. I open the drain hole and rinse away the grease and residue. Puff doesn't get many baths though unless I am feeding large quantity of strangers. If I am cooking for myself and my friends, I just let him cook off any "contaminants". The smoke stack usually runs over 300 degrees when I first fire him up with a full load of lump. The temps stay there for 30ish minutes while I regulate and get everything down to a comfortable 225ish. I figure any lingering germs are pretty well zapped with 300 degrees.

    Unless you are worried about appearances, I wouldn't sweat it to much. Personally, I prefer having that lingering smell for as long as possible!
  6. deejaydebi

    deejaydebi Legendary Pitmaster

    Shell -

    I don't wash the inside I just use the brass brush to get the loose stuff off. The grates don't seem to get messed up much and also come clean with a brass brush.
  7. gypc

    gypc Meat Mopper OTBS Member

    The inside walls of my smoker stay thick!!! The grates get cleaned a little......the outside stays oiled.
  8. peculiarmike

    peculiarmike Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    You oughta see my ECB. Since 1975. Nuff said.