A barbeque smoker is like a conventional grill with a lid that can be closed to trap the smoke. Basically, there are two types of smokers available in barbeque stores. Barbeque smokers are very versatile devices that you can use in smoking food items. But just like any other device that you have in your home, it also needs maintenance and barbeque hygiene. Maybe maintaining your barbeque smoker is not really on your top priority list, but if you want to enjoy your smoker for years to come, then you need to take the proper measures in maintaining it all year round. Here are tips on how to maintain barbeque smokers.
Tip 1: Clean it.
Always make it a routine to clean your barbeque smoker in and out every after use while sticky food particles, grease and debris left could still be easily removed. Never store your barbeque smoker unclean. Cleaning should be done as a matter of maintenance practice. Be especially cautious to look out for any grease, drippings and food particles left inside. You should clean them out as soon as possible.
Tip 2: Remove stray of ashes from it.
Once your barbeque smoker has cooled down, immediately remove ashes that were left behind. Don’t let ashes stay for so long in the smoker. This should be another routine that should happen every time the smoker is used. Ashes, especially if it gets wet will cause the formation of an alkaline solution to take effect and will act in response with the metal, that will further damage the barbeque smoker. You can use vacuum cleaner to remove ashes from the smoker before storing them out.
Tip 3: Check your smoker for any rust, dings, gouges, scrapes and scratches.
If the materials of the smoker in which it was made of permits you to sand it, then do this and just repaint using high temperature paint to repair the sanded part. Sand the rusted part and repaint when necessary. Hinges, doors and wheels are never exempted from getting rusty. Lubricate these parts with a little WD40 lubricant. Check also the bolts and screw that have loosen over the years. Tighten these bolts and screws to avoid falling out from the smoker.
Tip 4: Wipe the inside and out of the smoker with a clean damp cloth.
Open the lid to allow it to dry before storing. If you are planning to store it outside, be sure to cover it with thick, sturdy materials like tarp. If tarp is not available, look for an old card box big enough to hold the whole smoker and tie it down to secure. But remember, card box absorbs water and you cannot protect your smoker from rain if you will use this material. Cover the smoker thoroughly because the wind could get blustery especially during winter months.
Maintaining barbeque smokers will prevent rust and corrosion to take place too soon. It’s just a matter of taking extra effort on how you can maintain it because there will be bigger problems that could arise aside from rust and corrosion. There is a tendency that flies and even maggots could occupy the device which will be so unhygienic to look at.