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Old 11-21-2012, 04:22 AM   #11
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clean??? what is clean???
i only do the grills and water tray
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Old 11-22-2012, 09:03 AM   #12
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Grills and water tray. Otherwise they get gross.
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Old 11-23-2012, 09:48 PM   #13
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I do the grills and water tray like everyone else but once a year I "clean" the inside.
I remove the grates and water pan then start a good sized hot charcoal fire and let it go until it burns out. After it cools I smack the sides of the smoker and get all the ash and crud off the sides.

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Old 11-24-2012, 04:36 PM   #14
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Perfect. Lazier the better-I like it!

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I usually just clean the water bowl and grates, but lately I've stopped cleaning the grates. I'll probably get the ambition to clean them again at some point. I also clean the thermometer that sticks out so I can read it from the house.

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Old 08-23-2013, 03:11 AM   #16
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Dump the ash, pass a rock over the grate and clean the water bowl/drip pan.
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Old 08-23-2013, 03:31 AM   #17
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At present I use disposable foil lasagne pans from the dollar store for water pans, and if I think I need to clean the racks, I throw them in the gas BBQ and burn the junk off. As far as the inside of my smoker, I can't see ever needing to scrub it, as I don't really get the kind of build up some people mention.

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:33 PM   #18
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Mine doesn't usually build up thick creosote-like gunk. Usually, it's a paper thin film of residue that eventually peels off like paint. I just break off any loose pieces before using the smoker.

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Old 08-24-2013, 06:49 PM   #19
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I clean the grate everytime. Usually by firing up the grill and putting the grate inside my grill and getting it hot enough to just off whatever was stuck from the last time.
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Old 08-24-2013, 11:22 PM   #20
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I clean it out my UDS every few months by burning it out with a propane weed burner. It usually burns out some random bits, but leaves the well earned black oily resin everywhere.

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