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Old 11-17-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Default Do you guys clean your smoker?

I've had my WSM less than a year and less than 10 smokes on it. The first time I cleaned the grates and the water bowl spotless. It has been less frequent than that.

Do you clean yours? What parts and how often? Do I need to?

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Old 11-17-2012, 03:57 PM   #2
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I will clean the grates and water bowl occasionally but not often, every 5-10 smokes. Usually the only time I sweat it is if I will be cooking while a large group is around that aren't good friends so I don't have to hear comments about it being dirty.

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Old 11-17-2012, 04:48 PM   #3
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I inherited one of my smokers from my grandpa, I'm not sure how long he had it but it looked like he had never cleaned it. I gave it a good scrub with a wire brush and water and have been using it myself for about 4 years now. I usually clean both mine really good about once a year usually the same way with nothing more than water and a wire brush. I don't want to risk using any kind of soap or other chemicals on them. Aside from a good scrub down once a year, I'll brush down the grates and the water bowl on the one that has it each time before I use them.

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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I try to make sure the grates are as clean as I can get them, same as on my grill. I guess, in my mind, that's just a part of trying to take care of things. Same goes for the water bowl. I haven't tried to clean anything else on the smoker, though. My father-in-law said that not cleaning it will just adds flavor to whatever your smoking in the future.

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Old 11-18-2012, 06:26 AM   #5
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The only time I clean mine is when wood ash sticks to the smoke resin coating on the inside, then i just hose it off. The resin is naturally antimicrobial, so you are not going to get sick from it. I just don't like ash on my meat, that is why I hose it off.

as an aside, the smoke resin will pretect from rust, a bonus for you poor bastards living in a rusty enviroment....

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Old 11-18-2012, 11:14 AM   #6
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clean??? what is clean???
i only do the grills and water tray

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Old 11-18-2012, 12:26 PM   #7
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I clean the grates and water bowl after each use, only because drippings collect in the bowl and it gets putrid if you don't clean it.. The rest of the smoker has a nice crust to it that I don't want to disturb.

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Old 11-18-2012, 01:59 PM   #8
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I clean the grates and water bowl after each use, only because drippings collect in the bowl and it gets putrid if you don't clean it.. The rest of the smoker has a nice crust to it that I don't want to disturb.
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I never clean my grill.. maybe the grate, depends how it tastes.

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grills and water tray after each use.

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