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Seasoning a new smoker

Martyn Catanach

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Seasoning the smoker is more important for bare metal, previously painted self builds or uncoated steel smokers as it helps to seal the porous internal metal surfaces as well as burning off any manufacturing residue. With purchased ceramic or powder coated smokers you do not need to "season" the smokers in the same way but it is always a good idea to run the smoker empty for a few hours before using it in case there are any manufacturing residues on the inner surfaces.

Most commercially bought smokers do not need "seasoning" but they they should be "cleaned" by being fired up empty for a couple of hours the first time they are used.

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