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Should I cover my smoker?


Meat Mopper
Joined Jul 4, 2013
Last night I oiled the outside of my smoker & got the fire hot to cure it in hopes of protecting it from water. Since I went to bed with the smoker hot I didn't cover it, & it has been drizzling outside all day. The smoker has a little water on it, & the cover is damp. My last smoker got really rusty, & I want to keep this one nice for years which is why I paid for a heavy custom cover. Should I cover my grill when it is wet? I would think not. I've also read that they shouldn't be covered during humid weather since moisture in the air will get under the cover. Does anyone have advice on this topic?


Master of the Pit
Joined May 12, 2013
No advice needed.  You have it all in hand.  I would not cover wet.  You already understand you are damned if you do, damned if you don't.  If you find option 3 please let me know.  Good luck.  Keep Smokin!



Meat Mopper
Thread starter
Joined Jul 4, 2013
Glad to know I'm on the right track. What else can be done to help keep a smoker from rusting? I don't want to have to eradicate rust & repaint in a few years..


Legendary Pitmaster
OTBS Member
SMF Premier Member
Joined Sep 7, 2013
I have a Weber Kettles and a WSM, all of which have ceramic coated and chromed parts, so rust isn't a big concern with my equipment.

I Googled "how to prevent a smoker from rusting" and found some very informative reading that would address your concerns.  Give it a shot.

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