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Offline Bertwright

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Yuck, what have I done???
« on: September 26, 2013, 03:53:10 pm »
I smoked on the Bradley probably 3 weeks ago. Must have had too much fun as I forgot to take out water pan and grates. I go to put on 2 butts tonight and not only small flies but little worms or maggots all over the drip pan and mold on the grates.... Sorry if I caused some to not want to eat tonite!!! Do I throw the thing away and get new one? Not sure if I can overcome the view ever again!!!!

Offline Tiny Tim

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #1 on: September 26, 2013, 03:58:33 pm »
Just a good cleaning will make it safe to use...if you want to make sure everything is dead before cleaning, just fire it up for a little while.  Surprising what an hour or 2 of 200+ degrees can take care of.  Can't help you to cleanse your memory from that though...good luck.
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Offline tskeeter

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2013, 04:27:19 pm »
Tim's right, when I worked for a company that did pest control, a few hours above 180F was a pretty effective way of killing insects.  The only problem is that it will also cook them on to the racks, tray, and bowls.

Me, I'd take the pieces out to an unused corner of the yard and hose them off good.  Then run them through the dish washer to clean and sanitize them.  (This is basically the same way I do my routine clean up.  Soak parts that have cooked on debris.  Once the cooked on gunk has softened, brush it off.  Then into the dish washer for sanitizing.)  All of the parts you are talking about are stainless steel or chrome plated, so they don't rust and they tend to clean reasonably easily.

Once you've got everything pulled out of the smoker, you might want to consider wiping down the inside of the cabinet with some water and bleach to clean up any mold that might have started to form on the walls.  And then wipe down a second time with clear water to clean up any bleach residue. 

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2013, 05:53:27 pm »
agrees  with Tim, A Good soaking in  hot water with good soap... and a lil  bit  of elbow grease.. to  be  sure wash it   twice by   hand,.. and  once  in the  dishwasher

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #4 on: September 26, 2013, 09:10:36 pm »
Totally agree with the boys here. The only thing in the world that grosses me out is leeches. A good scrub and wipe down with bleach and a couple of hours of the antiseptic propertys of smoke, Robs your fathers brother.
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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #5 on: September 27, 2013, 12:41:12 am »
Agrees with all of the above, after you get the inside of the cabinet clean and wiped down, fire that bad boy up at 250 for an hour or so that ought to finish drying it out and make double sure everything is dead and gone mold wise.

Offline pondee

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2013, 04:34:10 am »
Should the cabinet be re-seasoned after the scrubbing down?  Or is this unnecessary?

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2013, 05:21:10 am »
Next time after your smoke just throw the racks, v-tray, water bowl in the dishwasher. Gently wipe the inside with a ball of aluminum foil and use a small broom or vac at the bottom. No need to re season

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2013, 06:42:25 am »
I would re-season at the stage I suggested running it for an hour or two if it was me

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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #9 on: September 27, 2013, 06:57:39 am »
I smoked on the Bradley probably 3 weeks ago. Must have had too much fun as I forgot to take out water pan and grates. I go to put on 2 butts tonight and not only small flies but little worms or maggots all over the drip pan and mold on the grates.... Sorry if I caused some to not want to eat tonite!!! Do I throw the thing away and get new one? Not sure if I can overcome the view ever again!!!!
This is one time I'm glad you DIDN'T post pics.  ;)  I agree with the other guys. Give it a real good wipe down and fire it up at 250 for at least an hour.
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Re: Yuck, what have I done???
« Reply #10 on: September 27, 2013, 12:18:00 pm »
As far as wiping the memory, I recently saw a neuralizer on ebay- you might check into this  ::)
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