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Smokin Stevie

How U Clean Ur Pit ?

What's the EASIEST way to keep pit clean ? Here's what I'm doing. After cooking I load the box n heat her up to about 300 degrees and then hose it down inside cleaning n steaming. Then scrape the nasty stuff off the plate n discard it. Please explain how y'all are cleaning ur pits.
Thanks.
workoutchamp

You are doing it perfectly.

I wished I had the energy to do it immediately after a cook.  that is the best way to do it.

I usually throw an extra stick on the fire and choke it down - just for show and smell while serving.

then I will light a fire at home and do like you --- or take it to the car wash and pull the racks out and do the scrape and wash.  Be careful to rinse well if you do the car wash.  what I don't like about the car wash is the racks get their seasoning blown off.  not good - then they rust a little tiny bit.

I prefer to do the way you do that night --- or the next day.

Also, I have seasoned the outside to freshen it up - it looks great, but if you haul it, it can attract bugs and dust, but not bad.

Keep up the good work - you are doing perfectly.
workoutchamp

FYI - I keep a pump up sprayer with my rig at all times.  just a garden sprayer with plain water in it --- just for this reason.  Steam and Clean.
red1691

Sounds like you have got it under control!
That is basically how I do it, unless I get lazy, than you have to start over to clean it out! If you want to keep up that Quality taste factor going for you...
randywallace

Re: How U Clean Ur Pit ?

Smokin Stevie wrote:
What's the EASIEST way to keep pit clean ? Here's what I'm doing. After cooking I load the box n heat her up to about 300 degrees and then hose it down inside cleaning n steaming. Then scrape the nasty stuff off the plate n discard it. Please explain how y'all are cleaning ur pits.
Thanks.


I do that after the cooking and bring it up to 350 for a steam bath prior to cooking.  A clean grill goes a long way toward having food that is worth eating.  Definately not an area to try to save time on.
BackDraft BBQ

You guys are talkin' about just scraping the plate, correct? Not the walls and stuff?
Smokin Stevie

Cleaning Pit

Last time I cleaned the pit I scraped all the nasty stuff off the drum inside also. If needed I will spray it down again with a non-stick spray and let it season itself again. Clean Pit = Great BBQ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Razz
dmtky

Pretty much the same way here but after a really big cook I take an electric pressure washer to it and really clean it. Then oil it down and reseason it while I sit back and have a beverage of choice.
FullDrawBBQ

I do the steam clean before each cook.......but also use a weed burner/torch to help clean after the cook is done.   You have to be careful, as I've warped a rack because us of the heat.   But it makes for an easy cleanup, and scrape down.    I also have a rectangular/flat shovel, that I use after scraping and torching, to slide across the plate, and pick up all the black/burnt crud.
Catfish

I have started lining my pan with aluminum foil to ease in the cleaning process.  I still get a little grease under it but not all of the solids.  After I cook, I pull the racks and pressure wash them, remove the foil and toss it and wash down the pan.  If I'm going to clean the inside, I do it while the racks are out.  By that I mean, brushing the tops and doors.  

I did make the big mistake of putting my cooking spray on the racks once after cleaning.  It was a couple of weeks before I used my cooker and the spray molded and I had to pull the racks and clean them before I could use the smoker.
Cmathis

We will run our 84 in open latch to get her up to about 350, then steam it and scrap the solids off the RF plate, then heat it back up to 350 steam again and brush the racks down. After the inside is clean we spray the fire box with a "Pam" type spray to take the dullness off the paint. Then when we want our cooker to really shine we spray a towel down with "Pam" and put a light coat all over the outside of the cooker. Sure makes it look nice and protects it too![/img]

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