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Old 05-12-2019, 10:10 PM   #31
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Yes, the drums are very thin metal and anywhere the paint gets scratched, it can rust pretty easy if you leave it outdoors. I keep mine in a shed, so no worries. If you can keep it in a garage or covered should be fine. Otherwise just touch up any scratches with high heat bbq or engine spray paint.
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Old 05-13-2019, 12:01 AM   #32
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Mine would stay outside but with a cover. Is that good enough? I really don’t want to get one if if it’s that fragile. Would be great to know before purchasing one.
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Old 05-13-2019, 06:10 AM   #33
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Not "fragile"- but it is mild steel. If your car gets scratched, it will rust too. A cover will be fine.

Every year or so, you might want to wipe it down, scuff it up some and lay down a new coat of spray paint- just to keep it looking good.
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Old 05-14-2019, 12:42 AM   #34
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So it’s only the exterior of the smoker or is it also the inside?
The humidity can be high here in the North.

If I would get rust in the smoker, is it easy to fix? It is just surface rust and no damage to the smoker itself?
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Old 05-15-2019, 05:57 PM   #35
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Hunsaker offers a stainless steel drum which should not rust. They are pricey though.
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Old 05-16-2019, 05:43 AM   #36
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I went with gateway and bought one today online.
Looking forward to try it out next week:)
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:12 PM   #38
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So it’s only the exterior of the smoker or is it also the inside?
The humidity can be high here in the North.

If I would get rust in the smoker, is it easy to fix? It is just surface rust and no damage to the smoker itself?
Before your initial cook, season it by wiping down the interior with any high heat cooking oil (vegetable, avocado, canola, etc.) and burn coals in it at 350 to 400 degrees F. This will give you an initial protective coating to prevent rust. As you cook on it, the grease and oils from the meats will continue to layer on a seasoning that will give you further protection.

Also, if you store it outside covered, you still want to keep the base of it raised off the ground. Place a couple of 2X4’s underneath it. The bottom is closest to the heat source, and over time the heat will take its toll on the metal. If the bottom gets rusted, it will disintegrate quickly.

But for the most part, keep the exterior covered, touch up any scratches, store it raised off the ground and you should be fine.

Have fun with it!
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Old 05-16-2019, 02:20 PM   #39
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Before your initial cook, season it by wiping down the interior with any high heat cooking oil (vegetable, avocado, canola, etc.) and burn coals in it at 350 to 400 degrees F. This will give you an initial protective coating to prevent rust. As you cook on it, the grease and oils from the meats will continue to layer on a seasoning that will give you further protection.

Also, if you store it outside covered, you still want to keep the base of it raised off the ground. Place a couple of 2X4’s underneath it. The bottom is closest to the heat source, and over time the heat will take its toll on the metal. If the bottom gets rusted, it will disintegrate quickly.

But for the most part, keep the exterior covered, touch up any scratches, store it raised off the ground and you should be fine.

Have fun with it!

The gateway has wheels so the base will be raised from the ground.
I did not understand why I need to have the wood underneath the bottom.
It will be kept in a shed in the winter but spring,summer and fall it will stay on the deck.
Was that what you meant with rust coming up from underneath?

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The gateway has wheels so the base will be raised from the ground.
I did not understand why I need to have the wood underneath the bottom.
It will be kept in a shed in the winter but spring,summer and fall it will stay on the deck.
Was that what you meant with rust coming up from underneath?
He's saying if the bottom of the drum sits directly on the ground or a solid surface for long periods of time, then it is prone to rust.
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Old 05-17-2019, 11:37 AM   #41
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He's saying if the bottom of the drum sits directly on the ground or a solid surface for long periods of time, then it is prone to rust.
Yes, this is what I meant. But since the Gateway comes with wheels, you don’t have to worry about the drum sitting directly on the ground. When I initially suggested to put the 2X4’s underneath it, that was before I realized it had wheels. Basically the wheels are doing the same thing the 2X4’s would’ve done...keep the bottom of the drum from sitting directly on the ground.
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