need help to finish modifying my cbss

Discussion in 'Side Fire Box' started by offset grillin, Mar 28, 2012.

  1. I have finally gotten all my parts together for my mods and I'm about ready for final reassembly. I noticed that the plates of steel(new) I had for a deflector and baffles would not really rust on the outside but where I drilled holes the holes would rust when they got wet. I asked my uncle who is a metal fabricator and who made the plates for me about it and he said the outside is covered with scale. Do you take a wire brush on a drill and clean them up or use them like they are. I was trying to find out about it with a web search. I came up with a chromium oxide coating but not sure if that is what this is. I know zinc and galvanizing are not good in a smoker and I don't want to have anything bad on my food that I'm feeding to others.

    Please help!!!! I'm about to run out of smoked meat and go into withdrawels![​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2012
  2. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    i would sand them with a wire brush or sand doesn't really matter as long as you get to bare metal. as for rust, as long as they are greasy they won't rust.
  3. That was kinda what I was thinking also. Thanks for the confirmation. Hopefully I'll have it back together and reseasoned by Saturday.
  4. oldschoolbbq

    oldschoolbbq Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Offset, here's a little hint to keep the Smoker from rusting. I found a "SOP-MOP" (looks like a little floor mop, everytime I heat my Smoker, I wipe the outside down with a light oil. Soon you will see a gunmetal like finish starting and no rust anywhere.[​IMG]

    To clean the inside , I use my new Grassburner and open everything up let her burn and brush off with a little broom and some rags(it all don't char).

    Have fun and...
  5. It took me over an hour just to sand one plate. I borrowed my uncles grinder and things went much quicker I got it back together, seasoned it on Saturday, and smoked some ribs on Sunday(that's a story in itself). Hope to have some pics up soon.
  6. Nice rig.

    I will have to start spraying the outside of mine it with vegetable oil, it sounds like you're getting good results.
    Last edited: Apr 2, 2012

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