Seasoning a brand new smoker?

Discussion in 'Charcoal Smokers' started by eritter452, May 5, 2016.

  1. eritter452

    eritter452 Newbie

    Just wondering what are some techniques people on here use to season there smokers for the first time. I heard peanut oil but that's about it.
  2. smokinal

    smokinal Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    I'd just spray down the inside with Pam.

    Fire it up with whatever wood you have & let it run for 3 or 4 hours at 250-275.

    That should do it.

  3. seenred

    seenred Smoking Guru Group Lead OTBS Member

    This sorta depends on what type of smoker we're talking about...most manufacturers will include some directions in the owner's manual about how they suggest seasoning/prepping before cooking in it.  If no instructions are included, the first thing I'd do is run it really hot - the hotter the better - for at least 2 hours completely empty.  This should burn off any manufacturing crud/oil/grease that's left in there from the factory.  After it cools, you may need to take some rags and some warm soapy water to wipe out the the ash/residue from the burnout.  Then you can put a light coat of cooking oil (cooking spray works, or any vegetable oil) on all chamber surfaces and start cooking.

    Last edited: May 5, 2016

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