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Seran on Window

Discussion in 'For New Member Sticky' started by 7 Oaks Smokes, Apr 27, 2018.

  1. 7 Oaks Smokes

    7 Oaks Smokes Newbie

    Recently upgraded to the electric 40 with window from a 30 with no window. Keeping the window clean seems like quite a chore. Even the break-in cycle left a good film to clean. Has anyone tried covering the window with Seran wrap? Just peel it off and toss it after each smoke. I have seen recipes where people wrap meat in Seran, so I figure it could take a low heat. To test it out I put a test piece on the inside glass and heated to 265 for a couple hours—wrap was still on the glass and unaffected. Just thought I’d put this out there before trying it with a cook. Thanks.
  2. bdskelly

    bdskelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    That just might work. I used a razor blade to clean mine. Let us know!
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  3. Ha...thats an amazing idea. I spray mine with Pam then wipe it off leaving a small film coating behind. It's a bit greasy looking but I don't think Serena wrap would be much clearer.
    The smoke residue then wipes right off my window and wipes right of using newspaper and a little vinegar and water...wipe with a paper towel and done...
    BUT, I am gonna try your seran
    wrap idea...
    Got a butt going on Sunday morning just because it's that time of year.
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  4. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    If you clean it each time you use the smoker, the glass comes clean very easily with a paper towel & rubbing alcohol.
    But the Saran wrap sounds like it may work too.
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  5. cmayna

    cmayna Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Since I only use my MES40 for fish at low temps 125-160, adding a piece of saran on the glass might be the way to go. Might give it a try next time I smoke.
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
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  6. 7 Oaks Smokes

    7 Oaks Smokes Newbie

  7. 7 Oaks Smokes

    7 Oaks Smokes Newbie

    Hope everyone that tries it shares the results. Also like hearing folks’ different cleaning methods. I joined the forum specifically to ask this question, but I’ve been gleaning great info from it for years. I appreciate the input. Can’t wait to start using the 40 Sunday. We have big summer pool parties and doing multi-day smokes in the 30 was getting to be a hassle. Now I can do it all in a day! Cheers!
    Last edited: Apr 28, 2018
  8. 7 Oaks Smokes

    7 Oaks Smokes Newbie

    Well, I have to admit the cling wrap on the window idea didn’t stick, literally. Maybe it was hotter conditions out, but it wouldnt cling to the window before starting up the smoker. I went ahead without it and smoked four chickens. Cleaned the window with a razor blade followed by a quick wipe with degreaser and finished with a little soapy water and rinse. The razor blade is the key, simple and removes 90%. Oh well, on to the next hair-brained idea!
  9. It might not melt, but I'd be concerned about chemicals outgassing into the air and landing on the food, leaching into the food, as the plastic wrap heats up. Somethings off-gas even without heat (plastic food containers, for example), but that can increase with heat.
    Last edited: Jun 3, 2018
  10. TomKnollRFV

    TomKnollRFV Master of the Pit Group Lead

    Like Kris said I'd be worried about the chemicals etc from the wrap inside. I personally do a 50/50 blend apple cider vinegar and water, just keep applying liberally as I use a razor blade. Window looked clean after; and the mosquitos got to eat me.
  11. Neo

    Neo Newbie

    I usually run a burn thru my electric smoker with fresh water in the pan, and just wipe it all down after a Q.
    Nice and warm, cleans right up.
  12. Braz

    Braz Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Vodka works pretty well for cleaning the smoke residue from the glass. I use the cheap stuff that my wife drinks. I have better taste.
  13. Bearcarver

    Bearcarver SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Group Lead OTBS Member

    Saran sounds interesting.
    I'll be watching for results posts.
    Like Al, I clean mine each time I use it, and that makes it fairly easy.
    I tried Windex, Alcohol, BBQ cleaner, and Awesome.
    IMHO Awesome is by far the best of all I tried.

  14. wh42

    wh42 Newbie

    A mixture of water and vinegar works wonders on my MES 40. Even if I let the smoker cool down before I do it, put it in a spray bottle, spray it down and use a green scrubber and it comes right off, spray with water after and dry with paper towels.
  15. Winterrider

    Winterrider Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Mixture of super clean(walmart) and water, grease and smoke runs right off. Need to follow up with vinegar water to get rid of chemicals.