Cleaning surface rust off fire box

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by va_connoisseur, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Smokers,

    I am getting an old off-set (new braunfel) from a friend. It has been neglected to say the least, sat outside uncovered for far too long. The smoker box has significant surface rust. What is the best means for restoring it to it's original beauty?
  2. redneck69

    redneck69 Smoking Fanatic

    not knowing the extent of the rust, i would give the smoker a good sanding with course sandpaper and drop down to a finer grit when done. clean all the grit and dust off and get some high temp spray paint and give it a number of coats to protect it.
  3. realtorterry

    realtorterry Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    How about a shot of the smoker so we can see what your dealing with.
  4. jirodriguez

    jirodriguez Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sander, disc grinder, wire wheel.... any of those will do a good job for you. Personally I like using sander to start then move on to a fine grit wet sand paper - just make sure you wear a good mask if you dry sand it. Rust is one of the things that lungs can't recover from very well.
  5. les3176

    les3176 Master of the Pit

    If its just surface rust use a hand sander, if its worse than that you may have to sandblast it.

    got any pics of it???
  6. I'm going to get some shot of it this weekend before I start the restoration.
  7. bearcarver

    bearcarver Smoking Guru OTBS Member




  8. mtnwalker

    mtnwalker Newbie

    What I've done is coated the exterior of the surface rusted grill with used motor oil, and let it set a few days, took a steel brush and scrubbed it using more oil as a lube/solvent, finally cleanup with kerosene to see what kind of pitting I had, rubbed the whole thing with some old crisco/lard...and made a test fire...let the grill get up to temp for a while and then cool.....almost like curing a iron skillet......

    worked well for me......

    good luck

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