View Full Version : Cleaning your SmokinTex Smoker

04-05-2010, 04:30 PM
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You can put corks in the top and bottom hole to keep debris and critters out.

But to keep your smoker in tip-top shape roll your smoker into your garage or shed.

Cleaning your SmokinTex smoker is pretty straight forward.

You can place the grills and the side rails in the dishwasher, or soak them in a pail with hot water and spic and span mix.

Clean the inside of the oven with any soft type cleanser and hot water.

But it really is not necessary.

Just wipe down the interior with a rag and hot water.

The seasoning needs to remain for that great smoky flavor we all love and strive for.

The only area to be cautious is where the back meets the sides and top. This is not sealed and you do not wish to force any chemicals into that seam.

There is a thermo-coupler (temperature sensor/regulator) in the middle rear of the oven. You can spray this with a little Simple Green and then again rinse well with hot water and a rag.

Everybody enjoy your SmokinTex smoker!


04-07-2010, 08:04 AM
As you said its a breeze. Love my 1400, and appreciate your support....Thanks

04-22-2010, 10:37 AM
I have been lazy and not put aluminum foil down on the bottom of my smoker, so I'm wondering if you would recommend using an oven cleaner on the bottom to get it clean? Any help is appreciated. Thanks

04-22-2010, 10:45 AM
A oven cleaner is very abrasive and will also remove all that good seasoning. Use a flat plastic paint scraper to remove any loose grease and stuff. Then a very hot rag to wipe up all grease that you can, use this method on the sides and top also. Be careful around the thermostat sending probe on the back wall. If you feel like a lot of moisture is still in the smoker. Then turn it back on for awhile with the wood box installed and no wood and let the temperature dry out the inside of your smoker. Keep that seasoning inside the cabinet, It helps alot with the flavor enhancement when cooking. Good Luck, and Great Smoking Adventures.....Steve

04-22-2010, 03:06 PM
Thanks Steve. I now have my weekend project. I am going to try the foil again, I just haven't been able to get it to fit correctly and there always seemed to be grease below it anyway.

04-23-2010, 08:14 AM
There will always be grease. Gravity never fails. I found a plastic paint scraper at Home Depot and bought several and just keep them in my smokin tool kit, Just scrape all the grease and grim I can get and then I actuall boil a pot of water and dip a rag and wipe down the rest. And if I have time I usually turn my smoker back on for a hour or so to dry it out. And this doesn't result in any of that seasoning being removed. Give it a try you will find what works best for you....Steve

04-23-2010, 10:07 AM
Personally, the only thing I clean on a regular basis is the racks. I've had my unit since 2002 an "might" wipe it down a couple times a year. Scraping with a plastic scraper as noted above seems to be sufficient. Whatever you do, don't scrub. If you take it down to the bare metal you'll need to re-season it.

Mine sits outside under a porch overhang, with a cover, of course. I've never had problems with mold, mildew or critters. It's a smoker and meant to get greasy. Don't over-think it. It doesn't need to be spic-n-span! ;)

05-08-2010, 11:34 PM
What WHEELZ said. The inside of mine is solid black. SOLID BLACK. Like you painted it.

04-11-2011, 11:12 PM
I clean my smoker very sparingly. Like so: I use a little liquid dish soap, warm water and a stiff bristled toothbrush to clean the rails that the racks slide into. I also like to clean the door edges and the part of the box where the door closes against but that's more to satisfy my quirky nature than for any practical reason. I also like to remove any big buildup of drips that accumulate on the bottom. Of course, I also keep my wood box looking spiffy.
That's about it. My smoker is well-seasoned and it's like a religious experience to open the door and take a whiff. :o