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Old 03-20-2016, 11:36 AM   #1
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I have had a Good One Marshall for a little over a year and I'm scared to death the I've screwed it up good. I typically clean/removal the grease after every cook very thoroughly. However, I've started to notice a build up of a tar like substance on my smoker door and ceiling. After some research it sounds like I have third degree creosote. When cool, it's hard shiny black (almost looks like paint) but as the smoker gets hotter it turns into a tar-like substance and can sometimes drip on my food. Yuck!

What would be the best way to remove this? Also is there a way to avoid this altogether? I use charcoal (sometime lump and sometimes briquettes)/wood chunks as fuel.

Thanks for the help/suggestions in advance.
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:47 AM   #2
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Paint scrapper and or weed burner. It's normal. Then re-season with vegetable oil. I don't have a weed burner so I'll just scrap it off, hit it with water hose and if real bad hit it with oven cleaner then rinse really well- then spray it all real well with Pam Spray or equivalent and fire it up for a couple hours.
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a metal paint scrapper works for me
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Old 03-20-2016, 11:53 AM   #4
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Good afternoon/morning!

I have had a Good One Marshall for a little over a year and I'm scared to death the I've screwed it up good. I typically clean/removal the grease after every cook very thoroughly. However, I've started to notice a build up of a tar like substance on my smoker door and ceiling. After some research it sounds like I have third degree creosote. When cool, it's hard shiny black (almost looks like paint) but as the smoker gets hotter it turns into a tar-like substance and can sometimes drip on my food. Yuck!

What would be the best way to remove this? Also is there a way to avoid this altogether? I use charcoal (sometime lump and sometimes briquettes)/wood chunks as fuel.

Thanks for the help/suggestions in advance.
it's not much different than my Over Under burn wood. Creosote build up is minimal because the fire is cleaner
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Choking down exhaust will create more but it's normal to get some buildup.
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Get a Foaming Spray Bottle - you can buy the spray bottles at Sam's and one has a foaming attachment. Mix up some ZEP FS Formula 10184 Heavy-duty, high foaming, non-chlorinated cleaner/degreaser with water. Spray it down and let sit, then go to scraping... It will make it a lot easier to get off.
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Old 03-20-2016, 08:18 PM   #7
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Thanks for the advice! I'm creosote free now.
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Thanks for the advice! I'm creosote free now.
What method did you use ?
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