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Re: Gravity smoker

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Posted by jsaBill on May 22, 2012 at 21:36:00:

In Reply to: Gravity smoker posted by Keith on May 22, 2012 at 15:41:24:

I have a SS-1 I bought used. The previous owner used to pressure wash the inside after most cooks, if not all. It had rust and wasn't well seasoned when I bought it. I don't do that and I recommend you don't do it either. I removes the seasoning! It's the oil from the seasoning that prevents the rust.
After each cook, I scr@pe the racks with a putty knife then brush off with a grill brush. This will remove the solid pieces and leave oil on the grate, preventing rust. I use foil in the drip pan, so I remove the foil. If there is residue build up on the sides, I will scr@pe it off with the putty knife. This keeps the smoker "clean". There is no need to wash the insides after every cook. If you really want to, you can wash the grates and then spray them with PAM or wipe same oil on to keep rust down. Same process as a cast iron pot.
If I let the smoker sit for many weeks (4+), it will get some mold. This is usually in the winter when I don't use it regularly. You can prevent this by letting air flow through it and keep the inside dry. If it's in your garage, leave the door open a few inches. If it's outside, every few weeks, take the cover off and open it up, wipe it down with a dry rag and let it air out for a while. Burn a small fire for an hour or so to get the heat up to around 200. You can do this easily by burning a full chimney of charcoal on the bottom rack or drip pan. The heat will dry out the inside and kill any mold that may be starting you can't see. I have the same issue with my Backwoods. It's not unique to SS.

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