Black Goo inside Smoker

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by tdwrigh, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. tdwrigh

    tdwrigh Newbie

    I'm new to the forum and relatively new to smoking. I just purchased a used offset smoker. It has a shiney black "goo" coating the inside of the smoking chamber. Is this good, meaning that it is well seasoned? or is this gooey black stuff dangerous?
  2. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    It the smoker has been used a lot, the inside will be black. Usually a good sign. The inside of my smokers are all like that.
  3. chadjackson01

    chadjackson01 Newbie

    I just did the same and picked it up yesterday. Good or Bad it's not my goo so it is gone. I took the power washer to it for about 2 hrs wash scrub and scrap to a like new finish inside and re seasoned it. First try at smokin is tomorrow
  4. bman62526

    bman62526 Smoking Fanatic

    Depends...if you are talking about the liquid goo in the bottom of the smoker, that could be a lot of grease and fat - which I will WIPE out with wadded up newspapers...

    However, in general - the black stuff sticking to the inside of the smoker is the seasoning - so you can leave it.

    That said - it also depends on the previous owner. If the person didn't know what they were doing, that black stuff could have a lot of creosote in it, or it could be seasoning from bad wood.

    Therefore, when I bought a used smoker last spring, I cleaned it out and re-seasoned it - because you never know what the last guy did to it!

    Have fun!
  5. tdwrigh

    tdwrigh Newbie

    Thanks. Its definately not fat or grease in the bottom. It is dark black sticky "goo" that coats the entire inside of the chamber. Unless there is a way to tell whether it is creosote or from bad wood, I guess I will need to clean it out and re-season.
  6. danbury

    danbury Smoking Fanatic

    I'd just do a rinse with the garden hose, let it dry and do a good smoke once or twice with out meat.. you'll be fine.
  7. richoso1

    richoso1 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I would think that would be the best/safest way to start out with a new/other smoker.
  8. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I would definitely clean out anything that is in it and completely re-season it, who knows what the old owner had in it...
  9. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

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  10. billbo

    billbo Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Welcome aboard! If it were me I would clean it and season it myself.
  11. tdwrigh

    tdwrigh Newbie

    Thanks everyone. I'll be cleanin er out this weekend and reseasoning it. Then if I get new goo, then it'll be my goo and I'll know what it is. I did sign up for the e courses and look forward to learnin from all of you about my new addiction.
  12. tasunkawitko

    tasunkawitko Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    that goo is creosote - it's tough to get off, but your smoker will lvoe you for it and the food smoked in it will taste much better.
  13. zopi

    zopi Smoke Blower

    the guy that owned it before you was likely smoking squid and nobody told him you have to clean them or they explode all over your smoker...
  14. bigsteve

    bigsteve Master of the Pit

    No Ron. Creosote isn't goo, creosote is "glop." The goo is just plain crud.
  15. stmartin84

    stmartin84 Newbie

    what's the best way to clean this goo off of my smoker.  I made the mistake of smoking without good airflow and unseasoned wood.  Lesson learned, but I would appreciate the help getting this goo off of the cooking chamber and the vent pipe.  Please help!

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