Smoker burning coating off.. food ruined??

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  1. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Ok, I got a char griller deal... yes I'm new.

    I'm a touch concerned. Today on my first real smoke its burning the coating off the firebox. It does not smell pretty at all.

    Is this gonna ruin my cook??

    3.5 hours in

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  2. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Did you season the smoker for a few hours empty?
     
  3. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Yes. I coated everything In vegetable oil and cooked almost a whole bag of charcoal also practicing heat control. Yesterday.

    I also already grilled on the grill section.

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  4. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I think it should be alright.
     
  5. Are you sure its the coating and not just carbonized grease flaking off?
     
  6. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    JAX, morning....  usually, the first run with the smoker is "as is" or after a soap and water scrubbing, and at a high temp...  as high as you can get it....   say 450-500 deg.... or on a gas grill 700 ish....     That burns off all the stuff the manufacturer used to form the metal etc.....     Then coat with veggie oil and run the smoker/grill at regular operating temps for a couple hours to season it....    

    Not being sure what temps you achieved, in your test practice burn, there could be fumes from paints, oils and your veggie oil you are smelling...   You have to decide what you are doing from here...

    Dave
     
  7. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Thanks Dave.

    I didn't measure the box temp. Just the grilling area. Which I tried to maintain 225-250 range.

    The stuff that's burning off today is on the outside of the firebox.

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  8. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    This is where its happening.


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  9. OUTSIDE the fire box.  That builds character.  No problem with the food.  If it bugs you, once it cools take a wire brush to it and hit it with some high temp grill paint.
     
  10. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Is it my grill or does everyone smell real Terrible when that stuff starts burning off?

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  11. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Jax, It looks as if the smoker got hotter on the cook than it did during the "seasoning" run....   You have to decide whether the food got tainted with something from the oils/paints inside the smoker....   ain't worth you or your loved ones getting sick over $20 worth of meat....   the hospital bill could be a lot more than that...  
     
  12. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    For $hits and giggles I stuck a temp probe in the fire box. Its over 450 at my 225* grate temp which is where I cooked it in last night. A few times it was over 300 inside my grill. So it had be over 500 In the box for awhile.

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  13. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Dave if I go get another butt how quick is too quick to get it done? Its 9:16am now. Can I get it done by 6pm tonight you think?

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  14. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    If you pull the bone and cook two halves.....   Foil at 150 ish after a good smoke... then finish at 300-350 ish in the smoker of in the oven, you stand a good chance of getting it done.....    The key is removing the bone and cooking 2 halves....      Dave
     
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  15. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    This fire box has me worried now too. It doeat appear to be burning off coating any more. Should it cool down and re oil it before firing it again,?

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  16. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    I know I can't Get Another one ready in time. Looks like it was a very expensive lesson in grill seasoning. Gotta get it catered now.... yippie

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  17. fwismoker

    fwismoker Master of the Pit

    Your food is fine.. Yes just use your oven
     
  18. davidhef88

    davidhef88 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I'll take the one you're cooking now.
     
  19. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    Na. I agree with above. It don't smell kosher my family won't eat it. I'll take this oppurtunity to crank the heat to hell and back and take care of whatever else is still lingering. Maybe do some ribs tomorrow.

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  20. jax04

    jax04 Smoke Blower

    I wrapped it up and its in the oven. I'll decide this afternoon on what I'm doing.

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