Stupid Question

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by gonavy, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. gonavy

    gonavy Smoke Blower

    Ok I think I already know the answer to this question, but you just never know...has anyone ever run a creosote log thru their smoker to clean it out.  You know the logs you use on your fireplace to get rid of creosote...seem like they would work, maybe not, just curious becuase my smoker seems to have a great deal of buildup 
  2. pineywoods

    pineywoods Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead SMF Premier Member

    I have not. I have taken a pressure washer to mine then re-seasoned it
  3. garyhibbert

    garyhibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Not just real sure what flavor you might end up with for your next cook.

  4. gofish

    gofish Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    If you want to clean it - take a scraper blade to any thick build up. Then just start and run the HOTTEST  fire you can in your cooker you can.  Run it until it burns out and see what that does for you before you jump to a 'log' that I would be scared cook a hot dog over.  Either way, take pix and show us how it turns out.
  5. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lots of ways to clean out a pit, usually to get rid of any cresote.

    I don't think I ever cleaned one just for the sake of cleaning. I have had to burn out or steam out creosote from when Brother-in-law borrowed it. But normally myself, about ever ten/twenty years or so I might run across a constuction job with a sand blaster. get my pit blasted and then reseason and complain every use there after about ruining my pits flavor my cleaning it. LOL

    To clean up the pit after Brother in law, I sprayed it with some industrial strength oil grease and grime remover, like EZ Off on steroids then I used the truck power steam jet/brush cleaner wand at the truck-wash. Then took a rose bud torch to heat and dry. And reseason. I would have just given it to him but he would have told everyone thats what I cooked my meats in.... LOL, besides it was a challenge.

    When he bought their first house, I gave them a big pit. Hmmm.... I wonder where it went, Baby sis didn't get it.....LOL
  6. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Below is a bit of info. You have to have A LOT (Stage 3 Hard Creosote Glaze), not likely in a home smoker, for the chemicals in the logs to even work. Then it is subsequent fires that activate those chemicals. Unless you have a Stick Burner that you can build a crazy hot fire in, there will likely not be enough heat to get the cleaning done. Don't waste the money...JJ
  7. mummel

    mummel Master of the Pit

    Yeah I dont know enough about this but I would be weary of the chemicals in that log. 
  8. My indoor fireplace inspector gave me only 1 instruction.  Never use those logs.   They do more harm than good.   And they are super full of chemicals, which is how they 'work'.     I would never ever use that in a smoker.     
  9. floridasteve

    floridasteve Smoking Fanatic

    We used to throw rock salt into our fireplace to keep it clean. A handful once a week or so.

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