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Re: Just bought a used brickmann smoker
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I prefer cast iron. Cast iron heats more evenly and retains temperature better. If they are falling apart from rust, junk them. If they just have surface rust and no holes, all you have to do is brush them with a steel brush at high heat. Wipe them off with a wet rag and then rub it with an onion to provide a teflon layer. if it is really heavy rust, spray oven cleaner on them and hose off. After use or for storage, clean them and then wipe them down with a cooking oil soaked rag. The oil will reduce rust build up.
Usually if you're have hot and cold spots, it's the burners that need to be removed and thoroughly cleaned. In addition, cleaning the venturi valves while the burners are out, is equally important. The Venturi valves are part of each burner. You will see them near the open end of the burner (looks like 2 slots cut into each side of the burner) where it fits over the burner orifice. While the burners are out, closely inspect each one for corrosion or rust thru. If you find severe corrosion or rust thru, the burner(s) should be replaced.
Hope this helped you troubleshoot and solve the problem. Happy Grilling!!
When you say oil I assume you mean cooking oil. Cooking oil will do nothing to remove rust. If cast iron grate try to re season them. If steel grate use some S.O.S or a soap pad then spray with Pam. Hank
I just bought a new Masterbuilt Smoker by default two weeks ago I borrowed a friend’s to smoke about 30lb. of Salmon to then can. Ran the smoker every day for three day. ON my last batch the heating element would not work. Talk about Frustrated! The Smoker was only 2 yrs. old. Knowing I borrowed I felt I had to replace. So online to Cabelas and I ordered my buddy a new smoker and had it shipped. I then found this website... GOT TO LOVE the internet. I saw many other people had the same problem. Found an Answer... The Problem was one of the connector to the heating element was poor quality and if you don't clean your smoker on a regular basis. The heat and moister caused the small copper connector to corrode and the wire to come loose. I took a wood chisel and cut off all the rivets on the back. I was then able to pull the back off with no damage and access the small box in the lower back. I found the connector. Went to the hardware store and bought a replacement for .75 cents. A pair of wire crimpers and the problem was fixed. I also bought ½ inch Sheet metal screws to secure the back it was good as new. So I returned the smoker to my buddy and kept the new one. When it arrived I saw Masterbuilt has since fixed the problem and provided an access panel to the element and connectors. Mike in Alaska PSU313@yahoo.com
grill wok replaces charcoal bin Confirming that it works well. Super idea and
very effective tool for keeping the fire consistently hot. Roughly $12
for one at local depot. This takes the frustration factor out.
Temp will stay nicely for an extended period
of time. You will use less charcoal, but you do need to check on it
every 1 1/2 to 2 hours to keep the temp constant.
Additional information: Source: http://www.smoker-cooking.com/cant-get-the-temp-up.html Going online and reading the reviews on
my smoker from Home Depot I found out that everyone has this problem
with this smoker. Without making any adjustments it doesn't get enough
air to the coals to make the temp go up. Most people drilled holes into
the coal pan and that works fine.