- Jan 9, 2011
I am still new to the smoking world, but I made an unbelievable mistake. Long story short, I made some modifications to my smoker and ended up using some galvanized steel for a baffler (I think that is what its called) and a couple tuning plates. I realized this HUGE error after using it about 7-8 times for brisket, pork and turkey over a 4 month period of time. Food never tasted odd, smoke never smelled odd, basically there were not any signs in any way of something wrong. I just happened to come across the "dangers" of galvanized steel one day on this forum. I obviously freaked out and have been pretty upset with myself for making such a stupid and easily preventable mistake. There are a lot more experienced and knowledgeable people here so I was wondering should I trash my smoker? Clean it by scrubbing everything? Just remove the galvanized steel? What should I do? Should I expect a tail to start growing after eating food smoked with galvanized steel nearby?