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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby Woodbutcher » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:09 pm

I have a Traeger Pellet smoker. Below the grill grate is a large steel plate on an angle. I cover it with aluminum foil. The drippings run down into a small bucket that hangs outside the smoker. After each smoking I change the foil and about once a year I tear the whole thing down and use a degreaser. It stays pretty clean . Before I load it, I run the temp up and brush the grill clean.

What type smoker are you using?
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby GerryS » Fri Mar 29, 2013 7:10 pm

BGE....turn it up to maximum and let it ride....everything inside is incinerated. Just be sure to remove the cast iron grate....
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby asianflava » Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:23 pm

GerryS wrote:BGE....turn it up to maximum and let it ride....everything inside is incinerated. Just be sure to remove the cast iron grate....


Yessir, it's like a self-cleaning oven, it burns everything and turns it to ash. When I did my XL, it was nice and white inside again it looked brand new. Cooked my gasket though. Replaced all of mine with high heat gasket, but it got cooked on my Lg when I did a clean burn.
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby GerryS » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:33 am

Yeah, my gasket is shot...but it still works....maybe I'll get to that tomorrow....we go through a gasket a year because if our 700 degree pizza oven use. :). The versatility in the egg amazes me!
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby bc toys » Sun Mar 31, 2013 10:07 pm

When I clean mine I burn it out with lighter fluid and then wire brush all the stuff off. Do it about 2 times a year and food stays tasting good.
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby aggie79 » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:12 pm

I can't go as high as true ceramic kamado cookers but I crank up my Akorn kamado to around 600 degrees for an hour or so to burn out any fats that rendered during "low and slow" cooks.

BTW, I added Nomex gasket to my Akorn and so far it is holding up well.
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby asianflava » Tue Apr 02, 2013 8:23 pm

I went thru all my eggs and put Nomex gaskets on them. The one on the Lg isn't holding up as well as I like. I'm unsure if it was the adhesive I used or what. It was the highest temp RTV I could find. I'm thinking about trying a "Rutland" gasket when I have to replace it.
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby conn.rod » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:43 am

I have an ungly drum smoker,works great and it only cost me around 90 dollars to make it,it cooks a lot of food at one time and does not burn


http://howtobbqright.com/udssmoker.html
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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby len19070 » Tue Sep 03, 2013 11:12 am

I take mine out to the middle of the yard and "Lightly" Pressure wash it.

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Then after all the junk settles....I Pressure wash myself! :D

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Re: Cleaning smokers

Postby jonw » Tue Sep 03, 2013 5:12 pm

I have a Weber Smokey Mountain smoker and all I ever do once in a while is take a brush to the inside of the lid and sides to brush off any flakes of soot so they won't fall into my food.

It takes a while to build up a nice smoke patina on these things. I don't know why you'd want to remove it and start all over...
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