Mold

Discussion in 'Electric Smokers' started by mummel, Jun 18, 2015.

  1. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    So my MES 40 BT is currently being stored in my garage.  It rained quite a lot a few days ago.  It was humid in my garage.  I decided to test my risk for mold. 

    The garage was at 71% RH.  It's normally pretty high, at least 60%+.  Nothing we can do.  But we have no mold problems.

    So I opened the MES vent wide, put in a hygrometer, and shut the door.  I opened my garage door last night to air the basement.

    The garage RH went down to 56%, but the inside of my MES remained dead on at 71%.  And thats without the cover........

    So it looks like there is zero migration of humidity in and out of the smoker.  That's bad guys.

    So is having a cover basically pointless as I assume I need to leave my door open?  Thats a bummer because I'm sure over the 8 months in the winter the MES is going to accumulate a lot of dust and dingy in the years to come.

    Other than that, what do you guys do to prevent mold?  
     
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2015
  2. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Nothing. I wash everywhere that the food touches before I smoke and if the smoker is dirty I will run it to burn everything off. A few hours at 275 will take care of any issues. If it gets really bad I run it with a pot of boiling water on a rack to steam the inside then wipe it out. 

    Living in Florida it is futile to try and fight the humidity. 
     
  3. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    So you think just close the door, put on the cover, and if any mold ever surfaces, burn it at 275?
     
  4. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    I guess I need to "knock on wood" when I say this .... I live in Oklahoma and my Smoker sits on my covered patio 12 months a year with a Masterbuilt Cover on it and I haven't had a mold problem ... yet anyhow.
     
  5. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Get a box of Baking Soda cut the top half open,sit it in the smoker it will take most of the humidity out.

    Richie
     
  6. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Mmmm good idea.  I wonder how long it will last for.  If I box up the smoker for the winter, perhaps I should put a box in. 
     
  7. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That was my main idea,it will also do the job during the week when not in use. Hope you found this helpful.

    Richie
     
  8. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

    Sounds like a good idea to me also. Although I haven't had a mold problem, I am going to sick a box of baking soda in mine anyhow when not in use. Thanks for sharing. [​IMG]
     
  9. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    If your really concerned about the relative humidity being too high do what gun owners do and get an electronic or some other moisture absorbing device for gun safes.

    -Kurt
     
  10. Do they still sell those large desiccant bags people used to hang in their basements.
     
  11. dr k

    dr k Master of the Pit

    I've seen disposable damp rid moisture control containers for a buck at the Dollar Tree.

    -Kurt
     
  12. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Mold? I live outside of New Orleans we don't need no stinkin mold!

    Preheat your box, mold gone. How much easier do you want?
     
  13. inkjunkie

    inkjunkie Master of the Pit

    Yup. Bought a big bag off of EPay, have several in the buckets that have the spools of wire for my Mig machine
     
  14. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I live in western Washington state so you know it can get pretty wet and humid during the winter and spring. I store my MES 30 with the top vent and the door closed and under the Masterbuilt built vinyl cover in my uninsulated garage. I've done this for three years and have never seen mold inside the smoker. Where do I get mold? Inside my Weber One Touch Silver charcoal kettle grill that I also store under its Weber vinyl cover inside in my garage. Every spring I have to scrub out the inside of the grill and I also need to scrub the mold off the cooking and charcoal briquettes grates.

    I have no idea why mold grows on the inside of the Weber--which I clean out before tucking it away for the winter--and not the MES which I barely clean at all.
     
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  15. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Im just worried about mold because I've seen many people post and complain about it.  Under what conditions are these guys getting mold?
     
  16. daricksta

    daricksta Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Before I read your original post I hadn't read of any. But as wet and humid as the Puget Sound region can get it doesn't hold a candle to what happens in points east including all the way out to Northeast and Southeast.
     
  17. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you've got mold you ain't smoking enough.
     
  18. brickguy221

    brickguy221 Smoking Fanatic

        What Foamheart said           ^^^^^^^^^^^^^         [​IMG]  
     
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  19. bmaddox

    bmaddox Master of the Pit

    Foam the hard part is keeping all of the smokers busy. Maybe I need to start a rotation so they all get used enough and none of them feel neglected (in case smokers have feelings)
     
  20. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Well I'm going camping this weekend and next weekend.  FUN, but I would really like to smoke some meat instead!  I'm going to try get my wife to do a weekday smoke up next week.  Going to so Bear's chicken. 
     

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