Owning a smoker can be one of the best investments you will make in your life. Sure, it is just a smoker, but the value that it brings to you and your household can be very priceless. Think about how many years you will be able to enjoy smoked food with your family and friends. That Sunday barbeque that has already become a tradition is only possible if you own a smoker. But just like any equipment, a smoker needs tender loving care in order to last long. Sure your smoker is made by Masterbuilt. You can argue that these babies will last a lifetime. But there is value to making sure that your Masterbuilt smoker will not rust. That’s because cooking at low temperatures will require a bit of preparation for the metal. Also, it is a good way of protecting your investment. But how do you stop our Masterbuilt smoker from rusting? Read on to find out.
Before we go about preventing the rust from building up in your smoker, it is important that you understand what rusting is in order to get a good grip on how to prevent it from happening. All metal will undergo rusting. But the time it takes for these metals to rust will vary. When a metal rusts, it will corrode the metal, thereby thinning it. And as you know, that won’t simply do with smokers. Rust will form when there is an oxidation of iron. That means it is unstoppable, since your smoker will be bound to come in contact with oxygen (unless you place your smoker in a vacuum, which is basically impossible). But there are ways to prevent or slow down the process. That’s what we will discuss.
Season Your Smoker
Among the maintenance procedures you need to do with your Masterbuilt smoker is to season it. Normally, smokers can be used with little to no preparation but it is a good idea anyway to season it before cooking. Seasoning your smoker will help burn any residue that was previously left on it. To season a smoker follow these steps:
- First thing you need to do is to coat the entire inner surface of your smoker with oil. Any oil will do (cooking oil, peanut oil or even bacon grease will do).
- Once you’ve coated the entire inner wall of your smoker, you can then proceed with heating it to a temperature (we recommend around 250 to 275 degrees Fahrenheit) that will allow the oil to seep into every nook and cranny of your smoker. Seasoning is important because it will create a barrier block the water from seeping in to the metal in your smoker. Make sure to watch the temperature because if you go above 300 degrees Fahrenheit, it will tend to cause the paint to peel off from the metal, which will then cause rusting if left unchecked.
- Open the chimney to ensure proper air flow. This is also very important when you are seasoning your smoker.
- After you’ve done the first three steps, you need to let it season for two to three hours, then let the temperature drop down to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. After two to three hours, you can now place the meat inside the smoker.
That’s the proper way to season your smoker.
Cleaning Your Smoker
Seasoning your smoker before use is what mainly prevents it from rusting quickly. But aside from that, you’ve got to also clean it up every after use. That’s to ensure no residue is left and the protective coating of your Masterbuilt smoker won’t be damaged or get peeled off. The common reason why paint or the protective coating of the smoker is removed is mainly due to residue drying off. It will stick to the paint or coating and once it dries, it can be hard to get rid of. When you scrape it, the coating gets peeled off too. That’s why you need to clean your smoker every after use to prevent residue from drying.
Keep in mind that when you clean your smoker, you have to season it again. That’s because you need to maintain the oily coating inside. When cleaning your smoker, you need to make sure you remove the ash and grease completely. Ash will accumulate moisture and absorb oil which will then cause the firebox to rust.
Repairing Your Smoker
Another part of the maintenance procedure to prevent rusting of your Masterbuilt smoker is the repair. Repairing your smoker will eventually happen. When you clean your smoker, you have to keep an eye on rust that are forming. You have to scrape that off and then repaint it with barbecue paint. Make sure the paint you use is heat resistant too. Remember that when you paint over the metal, you need to make sure you are painting over the bare metal. Otherwise, the paint won’t properly stick to the metal.
So there you go. These procedures will ensure that your Masterbuilt smoker will last for a long time. They are pretty much the basic maintenance procedure to preventing rust from building in your smoker.