Wooden smoker, silicone sealing? HELP

Discussion in 'Smoker Builds' started by andres, May 11, 2015.

  1. andres

    andres Newbie

    Hello everyone,

    Im glad I found this forums. I started building a smoker last week, and it had some leaks on the roof and walls. I decided to seal this with Dow Corning 736 high temperature sealing. (the red one)

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    Now I have a weird silicone smell inside the smoker, can anyone tell me if it would be safe too cook in this smoker? I want to use it for jerky only, but now Im really concerned about it being toxic or something. I guess I should have done this two weeks ago [​IMG], im afraid I will have to redo the smoker.

    Anyways, here are a few pictures. 

     Thank you!!




     
  2. smokejumper

    smokejumper Smoking Fanatic

    The smell should go away after the silicone is fully cured.

    It should be OK to use. We use the same stuff on the cook chamber doors of large offset smokers.
     
  3. andres

    andres Newbie

    I already sanded off the excess. I will test it this weekend and hopefully the smell will be gone and safe for jerky. Thanks for the reply! 
     
  4. andres

    andres Newbie

  5. bentley

    bentley Fire Starter

    Hello Andres  your concern over using silicone, food grade or otherwise, in a smoker is well founded. The FDA's approval doesn't mean the product is non-reactive. It is low but does occur. As far as temperatures are concerned the product will do what you want. But and a big but is what is the silicone being exposed to in a smoker? There are two sides to this issue, safety and economics, and much heated debate over it's use in food production. Personally I would never use silicone in a smoker environment.  Do a little research and you will see what I mean.  As far was what the manufacture of silicone says well!
     

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