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GMDGeek
10-23-2012, 12:30 PM
I plan on keeping my Pit covered as much as possible but I am curious as to what everyone does to treat their PITs and protect them from the elements and from rust?

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hamiltont
10-23-2012, 12:55 PM
Cooking Oil or Lard works pretty good....

Bludawg
10-23-2012, 12:59 PM
Pam on the stick burner! UDS and Weber OTS 55 gal contractor grade Trash bags, Mini WSM. upside down 30 gal plastic chit can

Daggs
10-23-2012, 01:06 PM
I have a few coats of clear on the UDS other than that nothing. I'll repaint it a different color when it gets to bad.

aawa
10-23-2012, 01:10 PM
the mini has a grill cover for the 18in weber grill over it. my otg has the 22in grill cover over it. Both are under the covered part of my deck. I cook on them enough where I dont have to worry about keeping them oiled up.

GMDGeek
10-23-2012, 01:10 PM
I'm getting an 84" cooker ... inside I understand how to treat, season, and clean. Hinges I'm OK with. Will be getting a Powder Coat done. What I'm more focuses on is making sure I do all I can to keep it in best shape. Hefty investment and my wife knows how to shoot!

slow-smoker
10-23-2012, 01:53 PM
Frequent use is good for it :mrgreen: That, and a coating of PAM on the exterior paint.


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42BBQ
10-23-2012, 02:16 PM
Cooking oil on firebox, once a month or after cooking, whichever comes first.

GMDGeek
10-23-2012, 02:21 PM
I'll remember that ... haven't ever thought to oil my Firebox.

Gnaws on Pigs
10-23-2012, 03:07 PM
Most of mine are on a covered porch. No water, no problems.

Pitmaster T
10-23-2012, 06:21 PM
yall would kill me if you saw how the Meat Mama looks now in mothballs.

42BBQ
10-23-2012, 11:13 PM
Meat Momma in mothballs?!?! Say it ain't so....

42BBQ
10-23-2012, 11:15 PM
I'll remember that ... haven't ever thought to oil my Firebox.

It seasons, almost like a cast iron skillet. Paint will never hold up because of the steel expanding and contracting during use. Also lives in the garage :)

Foxfire
10-23-2012, 11:30 PM
I just discovered the el cheapo Lowe's round grill cover that fits up to a 30" kettle or UDS. It's pretty cheap vinyl but has an elastic bottom and costs eight bucks. I have one on the kettle part of my 22.5 one touch platinum (allowing me to use the side tables) and one on the 25.75 Weber. Will probably get a third for the UDS once I'm done fabricating.

marvda1
10-24-2012, 12:40 AM
if you have the enamaled black can you use car wax?

Bluebird
10-24-2012, 05:11 AM
I just discovered the el cheapo Lowe's round grill cover that fits up to a 30" kettle or UDS. It's pretty cheap vinyl but has an elastic bottom and costs eight bucks. I have one on the kettle part of my 22.5 one touch platinum (allowing me to use the side tables) and one on the 25.75 Weber. Will probably get a third for the UDS once I'm done fabricating.
When my Weber cover tore on my OTS I picked one of these up and it works pretty well.

nmayeux
10-24-2012, 07:24 AM
First, I keep mine covered or in the garage at all times. Second, I clean the ashes out every cook, as moisture and ashes=rust. Lastly, for the cooler parts I keep a wire brush and a can of paint, so if I see rust, I address it immediately before it starts to pit (hard to stop then). On the hotter parts, I use a light coat of Crisco several times during a cook. I used to use Pam, but it leaves a sticky residue, and Crisco gives it a nice cast iron skillet look. I like the results of peanut oil too.

swinn
10-24-2012, 08:12 AM
I always use vegetable oil or cooking oil on my firebox on the bandera. I coat it good once I am through cooking so it cools on the box and seasons as it cools. works wonders and the box is always a nice rich black color.

foppa78
10-24-2012, 10:28 AM
Frequent use is good for it :mrgreen: That, and a coating of PAM on the exterior paint.


http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8452/8067155663_1581393d32_n.jpg

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This is a great looking smoker. Can you tell me who makes these or was this homemade?

Arlin_MacRae
10-24-2012, 01:27 PM
Looks like one of Dave Close's Backyard Chefs.

zacman
10-24-2012, 08:32 PM
I spray my offset with Pam every year or so. Holding up pretty well. forgot to oil her up for a few years and got a little rust now. I have never used a cover. Does get sticky and covered with bugs right after a good coat but all burns off sooner or later..