Is this normal?

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DukeSilver22

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May 20, 2023
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Philadelphia, Pa
Hey everyone,
Time out today to clean out my smoker since the weather is starting to change and I want to try to smoke some wings tomorrow. Thoroughly cleaned it out dried everything off and then I sprayed it down with some cooking oil I've had it running consistently for about 3 hours keeping the temperature between 250 and 300 to try to re-season it. As you can see the way my finger looks I happen to open it up wipe my finger on the grates and I'm getting all of this liquid black residue on my finger. Typically I would get this before whenever I was smoking something, The residue would be all over the food. My smoke is looking good coming out of the stack I haven't had any white smoke since I started so I'm at a loss as to what could be causing this or is this perfectly normal?
 

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The amber color looks like what seasoned metal should look like to me.
Awesome, exactly what I wanted to hear. So when I season this it's not supposed be like a cast iron skillet wear it hardens? That residue that's on there is completely normal to have leftover on the grates and on my food? When I first saw it I always thought it was creosate and everybody was saying you don't want that on your food. Typically when I put it on a plate you see that black residue all over the plate, it doesn't really seem like it's affecting the taste that's not bitter or anything.
 
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