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Cleaning smoker

Hanson Market

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Joined Jun 2, 2021
How often and aggressive should I clean my reverse flow smoker? I don't want to lose my seasoning but I don't want any health issues either. Thanks


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Joined Mar 5, 2019
Not an expert but I just use a plastic paint scraper and scrape the barrel, with the grill grates every half a dozen cooks ill scrape with Alfoil or brush, then pop in a tub with really hot water and detergent And clean with a scourer, I don’t get them like new but most crust off.

someone said to me as long as you get it hot before raw meat touches, all is good.

Dirty Steve

Fire Starter
Joined Apr 15, 2021
We are suppose to clean these things? I have a vertical smoker so it wouldn’t be to hard. I’ll give it a go next week.

chef jimmyj

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Grates and Grease is all I clean regularly. I will Scrape any Flaking or Creosote Buildup, off the ceiling and walls, As Needed, typically mid and end of the BBQ season. Too Old to get out there in the Winter😨.
There is no Safety Hazard as you always Pre-Heat the Smoker...JJ

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