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Do you clean your smoker?

Big Glenn

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If so, how? How thoroughly? This has not been much of an issue for me in the past since I was smoking 1 or 2 items at a time I would just put a foil pan under to catch the grease. My last smoke was 4 racks of ribs and a Brisket flat. 2 racks of ribs with just a little trim completely fill a grate so I tried putting a baking pan under the ribs but it blocked the heat from getting through and I removed it. The empty water pan caught a lot of grease and the grease collection tray caught a lot, but there is still a lot of grease in the burner area. Do I need to clean this out?
 

HHYak

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I just follow the instructions in my user manual and pay attention to the key areas when it comes to cleaning.

You may want to include what grill you are using for specifics relating to your grill.
 

sandyut

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smoker type will help with suggestions, for my Rec Tec Bull I follow the manufacturer recommendations pretty close. on my old WSM, grates and water bowl was about all I ever cleaned.
 

ristau5741

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Don't usually clean it, scrape the grates with a brush, burn of any excess grease afterwards, use a blower to clean out all the left over ash, after dumping as much as I can from the firebox.
 

Big Glenn

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You may want to include what grill you are using for specifics relating to your grill.
I guess that would help. It's a Pit Boss propane cabinet smoker. I have always cleaned the window and the grates after each smoke
 

Hawging It

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I clean my Bayou Classic Stick Burner from time to time. I use Purple Power cleaner/de-greaser from Walmart. It is amazing stuff and I learned about it on SMF. Scrape excess grease and remove. Pour Purple Power in spray bottle. Spray heavily the areas you want to clean. Let it sit for awhile then use a brush if necessary to loosen up the gunk. Then simple rinse the smoke/cook chamber out. Repeat if necessary. I have recently started placing a layer of heavy foil in the bottom of the smoke/cook chamber to catch all the grease/fat. It cuts way down on the necessity to clean my smoker. Hope this helps.
 

JC in GB

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I clean my smoker after every use.

I abandoned steel wire brushes after hearing of bristles getting lodged in food items then ingested causing an expensive hospital visit.

I actually use a stainless steel drywall putty knife. It works better than the steel brush.

I scrape any built up grease off the floor and grates and spray some cooking spray if needed to recoat metal. I am not looking for squeaky clean, just keep it clean so no fires start inside the smoker.

JC :emoji_cat:
 

JCAP

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I clean my grates and water pan after every smoke. Usually just bring em in the house and wash em with soap and water.
 

Fueling Around

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Grates cleaned with notched blade on the wire bristle when cooled and need a good scraping.
Between times are done with the spiral thingy from local box store.

Coal and stick burner. Ash is swept out with whisk broom and dust pan
 

rjob

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Have an electric which is lightly cleaned after use. Grills are soaked and scrubbed clean. Grease tray is cleaned after each use. Clean with Goo be Gone Grill Cleaner and hot water. Mainly done to prevent rodents and insects from showing up.
 

Cabo

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I clean the grates and glass door after every cook. Wipe out any grease in the bottom of the cabinet with an old rag and diluted white vinegar.
About twice a year I completely scrub the inside and re-season with peanut oil
 

PoukieBear

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I have a WSM, so I have very little cleaning to do.

I now use Harry Soo's "black belt" trick with the water pan. Cover it in heavy duty foil before putting it in the smoker. Makes clean up sooooo much easier!

I simply dump the ashes out and spray with the hose if needed.

And that's all I do, which totally appeals to my lazy attitude.
 

smokinbill1638

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I have a WSM, so I have very little cleaning to do.

I now use Harry Soo's "black belt" trick with the water pan. Cover it in heavy duty foil before putting it in the smoker. Makes clean up sooooo much easier!

I simply dump the ashes out and spray with the hose if needed.

And that's all I do, which totally appeals to my lazy attitude.
I have wsm, what she said.
 

Norwester55

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I foil the bottom of mine before smoking. After, scrub the racks/rack holders and wipe down with white vinegar.
 

Big Glenn

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Thanks everyone. I guess I will try degreaser and towels first then the hose. Since my smoker is on a second story deck I will have to drag it down to the yard. Don't want grease all over the deck.
 

5GRILLZNTN

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I basically do what Poukie does with her WSM. I've been running a foiled clay flower pot saucer on top of the water pan, and change out the foil. I do look for anything flaky under the lid and scrape that off. I don't dare touch any buildup in the barrel. I vacuum my pellet smoker after a couple of cooks, replace the foil on the drip tray, and brush the grate.
 

Fueling Around

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... I tried putting a baking pan under the ribs but it blocked the heat from getting through and I removed it.
...
Do I need to clean this out?
Forgot to ask your smoker.

My profile image is a couple of St Louis cuts in my Brinkmann. (Yes, I usually flip them upside down for the last 30 minutes or so.) You can see the dollar store foil pan under the meat to catch the grease.

I assume you have a vertical and not a horizontal?
 

Big Glenn

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Vertical Pit Boss gas. I think the problem was the grates were completely filled to the walls so my catch pan was equally as big and blocked the heat. When I removed that grease dripped down the sides missing the empty water pan and the grease trap in the bottom and built up in the bottom at the burner level
 

Jabiru

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I’ve just hit the 50 bags of pellets through my gmg so today I gave mine a birthday.

The present was a super clean and some ribs for tea later on.

I do the usual cleaning per cook, but I had a lot of build up in the cooking chamber and chimney.

Scraped it with a Plastic spatula and it worked perfectly only took 30 mins or so. Didn’t bother cleaning the glass in the cooking chamber.

What do you guys use for cleaning the glass.?

It’s Like new again now.

The Fruits of my labor.

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