Does anyone clean their UDS? and how?

Discussion in 'UDS Builds' started by pandemonium, May 27, 2010.

  1. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    I am just wondering if anyone does because i have never and maybe i should? The only thing i do is when i use it i let it heat up to clean the cooking grate like you would a grill, I just scrub it with a grill brush and let the heat kill the germs. It doesnt seem dirty inside just a little grease on the bottom and i figure that keeps it from rusting out maybe?
  2. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Just my water pan. I heat the grills like you do and brush them.
  3. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    Meateater i have seen your uds pics a million times before but just noticed the door and is that three air stacks on top? never seen that many vents.
  4. ddave

    ddave Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I just take a plastic scraper and get as much of the accumulated grease out of the bottom as I can.  And I wipe out the condensation if it gets to be too much as well.  I don't get too carried away with it but I try to get as much as I can but leave a little grease coating for rust protection. [​IMG]

    I try to keep ash off the bottom as well because as I understand it the ash and moisture are EXTREMELY corrosive.

  5. tom37

    tom37 Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sorry I can't help but to laugh.

    Since I made mine so that the barrel comes off the bottom to access the ashes, all i have to do is heat it up and any grease that is deeper then the 1/2 tall ash pan, just runs out the cracks. :(

    I'm working on a fix, until then its gonna have to sit near the gravel. I actually don't mind this, I think there is less chance of a grease fire if most of the grease is not sitting there in the bottom.
  6. stubborn

    stubborn Fire Starter

    When I can't get the lid off unless it's hot, when I get it off, I wipe around the inside of the lip...  Other than that, I dump it out of the ashes get too deep.
  7. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Ok I just ran a steel brush along the inside and knocked some loose stuff off today. Thats as far as I go.
  8. pandemonium

    pandemonium Master of the Pit

    lol well good cause i thought i was the only one not cleaning mine haha i dont think any more than what you guys said is needed, with the ash pan there isnt much mess in mine.
  9. pit 4 brains

    pit 4 brains Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

     Smoker weed control, this is a first..

    I have found that placing an old cookie sheet on my lower rack helps catch most of the drippings and leaves the bottom fairly clean. It's handy to take out and clean also. I brush my grates before cooking and have no problem getting the grates clear of food stuffs.. 

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