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  • robd
    Club Member
    • Mar 2016
    • 6
    • Wauwatosa, WI

    Cleaning Your Smoker

    Hi Everyone,

    I'm wondering how each of you may clean your smoker?

    - Do you heat it up to a high temp to clean it?
    - Do you power wash it out?
    - What do you do?

    I have a Backwoods Party. I power wash the grates every so often but what do you do with the inside?

    I would love to hear everyone's experience.

    Thanks,
    Rob
  • dahcopilot
    Club Member
    • Jan 2018
    • 106
    • trent woods, nc

    #2
    i have a gmg d boone, about every 3 cooks i change reynolds wrap on the drip tray, and vacuum out the fire box. piece of cake.

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    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 3967
      • Northern Virginia
      • 3 Weber kettles, and a PBC
        Thermopop
        Dot w two probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      #3
      Don't really have a "smoker".
      PBC just gets ash removal after cooks.
      Weber get a good scraping with a razorblade once or twice a year as needed.

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      • bardsleyque
        Club Member
        • Oct 2015
        • 523
        • Snoqualmie Wa.

        #4
        my grates are 5ft. long I use easy off oven cleaner and take them to DIY carwash to rinse.I shovel out the cook chamber.

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        • RonB
          Club Member
          • Apr 2016
          • 10805
          • Near Richmond VA
          • Weber Performer Deluxe
            SNS
            Pizza insert
            Rotisserie
            Smokenator 1000
            Cookshack Smokette Elite
            2 Thermapens
            Chefalarm
            Dot
            lots of probes.
            CyberQ

          #5
          I clean my Weber kettle every 4 or 5 years whether or not it needs it.

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          • Mudbeaver
            Former Member
            • May 2018
            • 457
            • Marathon NY

            #6
            I scrape out the inside of my okj every cook, kettle clean out ash n scrape, gasser every so often, when it starts catching on fire

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            • Steve R.
              Club Member
              • Jul 2016
              • 1866
              • Elizabethtown, KY
              • Current line-up of cookers: Weber 22.5" Original Premium kettle w/ SnS and BBQ Guru adapter; Old Country Over and Under smoker; PBC; Weber Ranch Kettle w/ Guru adapter.

              #7
              Sweep the ashes out of the firebox of my Old Country Over and Under, take the grates down to the DIY car wash, and scrape the grease out of the bottom of the cooking chamber with a wide putty knife. Periodically wipe down the exterior with mineral oil.

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              • BBQ_Steve-O
                Founding Member
                • Jul 2014
                • 173
                • NorthWest WA State

                #8
                In addition to what has already been said, prior to a cook, I scrape off anything flaky on the lid and/or wipe off anything drippy looking. I don't want anything unwelcome dropping into my food.

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                • JGo37
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2018
                  • 1311
                  • the LOU
                  • Cookers:

                    22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
                    CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
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                    Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
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                    Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
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                    OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
                    Smokenator
                    Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
                    SnS
                    Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

                    My Helpers:

                    Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
                    Instant Pot 6Q Duo
                    Nesco Tabletop Roaster
                    & the PIT!

                  #9
                  If I had cleaned my last grill, it would have fallen apart. Regardless, after I set it out front with an old chimney it was gone that day.

                  I wire brush the kettles into the ash can after every use, have a drip pan with water in the SnS kettle, and use foil on the outer racetrack on the performer with the vortex.

                  I wire brush all the grates - well the brush looks like wire but it's actually wound wire balls that won't shed - after every cook while hot. I seasoned the grill I converted into a smoker followed with a hot burn on it's first lighting, and it wipes down well after each cook.

                  When I need to, I use Easy Off and a pressure washer for everything else. I really should trailer that and take it to a car wash to do - I have an Expedition and am building a trailer. I'm good with Easy Off because I generally have to use it every time after my wife uses the oven. ;o)

                  I'm building a 55G UDS and will put a Weber kettle lid on it with a gasket. I guess I'd pressure wash the inside of that if I needed to? I kinda like the smoky buildup.

                  Everything has a cover but the UDS.

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                  • Bumby
                    Club Member
                    • Oct 2017
                    • 249
                    • NYC

                    #10
                    I clean out the WSM about once or twice during the summer. Haven't had to clean the Rec-Tec yet other than to empty the drip bucket.

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