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My Pro-Q smoker is seriously mouldy inside (haven't used it for a few months).

On Amazing Ribs, it says to fire it up to kill all the mould, which I did last night.

Is the only remaining step just plenty of hot soapy water? I'm leaving the cover off and keeping the vents open while it's sunny this week to make sure there's plenty of airflow.

Any tips much appreciated! 

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Washing up liquid and water and a scraper, I do mine weber every year, same thing

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Grime is decent stuff for cleaning BBQ & Smokers though messy! With enough use I find mine are almost self cleaning these days & just need a good brush to remove any loose smoke / soot deposits

Cheers n Gone Nick 

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5 hours ago, Justin said:

Washing up liquid and water and a scraper, I do mine weber every year, same thing

Thanks, Justin - what kind of scraper? The ProQ is ceramic, so don't want to use a wire brush etc - you mean like something you'd de-ice your windscreen with?

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Something in my kitchen. Hard plastic one from pampered chef years ago. Real tough thing works on loads of materials. 

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You can scrape and wash it out however it does not matter about mould on the inside walls of the smoker - it will be killed the first time you fire it up. You should just bring the smoker up to a high smoke-roast temperature for about 30 minutes to ensure that any odours from the mold go away. The cooking grates are best cleaned thoroughly though and this can be done with a stiff brush and warm soapy water.

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Yes, I do like to scrape a lot of the grease build up too  as when it goes hard it inhibits the air input leaves on the bottom of the weber.  I do it once a year before the season starts in February, and then baptise again with kebabs. I am rather being on bbq at the moment but have been busy brewing

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4 hours ago, Wade said:

You can scrape and wash it out however it does not matter about mould on the inside walls of the smoker - it will be killed the first time you fire it up. You should just bring the smoker up to a high smoke-roast temperature for about 30 minutes to ensure that any odours from the mold go away. The cooking grates are best cleaned thoroughly though and this can be done with a stiff brush and warm soapy water.

Thanks, Wade, good to know. Just concerned about spores etc lurking inside the smoker, but I put a full load of charcoal in and cranked up the heat for several hours, so am sure will be fine. The grates are not on the smoker - kept them in the kitchen over the winter. 

I still have a load of sand in the water pan - is there any need to replace that with a fresh lot after a long break? (or just skim off top layer?)

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On 3/24/2020 at 3:23 PM, Justin said:

I got it slightly wrong. Britemax Grime Out

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Britemax-Grime-Out-Powerful-Cleaner-Degreaser-US-Gallon-FREE-SAMPLE/262167011860?hash=item3d0a5f2214:g:YeEAAOSwxN5WW09j

Great stuff use it for all sorts.

Cheers n Gone Nick

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