Hi all, Spring has sprung... well almost. I decided I need to give my smoker a good cleaning, Ive never really cleaned it out before since it has always drained well. But I noticed that on the last few smokes that the drain plugged up. So I broke out a couple different sizes of putty knives and got to it. There was quite a bit of sludge in the bottom, ended up filling a 2.5 gallon pail. Took a good hour to get it all scraped out. When it was all said and done, I looked like a chimney sweep, should have worn gloves for sure. Now I have black stains on my hands that wont wash off. Ive got 80# of brisket and 10 racks of spares just waiting to be smoked, Before I smoke them Im going to run a hot fire for about an hour to help any remaining grease liquefy and drain out. Now Im good to go!!!