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Unread 06-15-2011, 03:02 AM   #16
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i leave the grease inside my cooker, and sometimes i rub my self with that grease and do a happy lap around the yard.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 07:23 AM   #17
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My pits tend to stay "clean". I don't like buildup. That probably stems from my youth and growing up with direct fired pits. You get buildup in those things and you're going to have a blazing fire under your meat...you may even burn down a structure if you're in the wrong place. When I cooked on my Ole Hickory day in & day out I cleaned it at least once a week.

I don't like "dirty".

Seasoning does way less than alot of people would like you to believe. Traditional bbq in North Carolina was cooked over a hole dug in the ground. There was no seasoning except for dirt. Came out great every time.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 08:30 AM   #18
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Once a year I scrap off the big stuff and then heat it up and spray water in it....pretty much steam cleans it
I do the same thing but twice a year. The water helps clean it up.
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i burn out my eggs every once in a blue moon. probably twice a year.
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I use a wire brush and clean the top and sides so I don't get "flaking black dust" on my yummies.

As for the grease buildup, I clean it out after each cook.
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Once a year I scrap off the big stuff and then heat it up and spray water in it....pretty much steam cleans it

Ditto plus I scrape the reverse flow plate after every cook.

If it attracts flies it most likely will attract critters and needs to be cleaned.
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I never bothered much with mine. Figured it wasn't gonna hurt anything. Then about a month ago I had a pretty scary pit fire in the UDS while doing a HOT cook of 30 chicken quarters.

The next day, I used a 6" drywall knife to scrape the heavy stuff off into the ash at the bottom before I dumped the ash. I'll be doing this every so often now. I still don't think I'll "CLEAN", but at least scrape the big stuff off.
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The grates on my WSM are definitely cleaned after every use. I usually rinse out the charcoal bowl with plain water and a scrub pad after every use too. I don't want the ash to eat through the metal.

I knock off any loose debris before starting a cook and I do a more thorough cleaning once or twice a year with oven cleaner.
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Just took the weed burner to the beast yesterday. hit the grates just hard enough to carbonize anything that would even consider turning into something nasty then brushed away. Most of the drippings hit the coals or barrels and burn away during the cook.
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Unread 06-15-2011, 05:44 PM   #26
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If it touches food, clean it...leave the inside of the smoker unless it's dropping crap on your meat.
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