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 Post subject: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 18th, 2011, 6:36 pm 
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Now that I got my Baby dirty, i was wondering about the best way to clean her up.

Should I wash the racks and scrape the diffuser down between each cook?

I lined the grease pan with foil so that cleaned up right away...

Then annually I would do a complete scrub-down and re-season?

Thanks in advance.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 18th, 2011, 6:54 pm 
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PacificQ wrote:
Now that I got my Baby dirty, i was wondering about the best way to clean her up.

Should I wash the racks and scrape the diffuser down between each cook?

I lined the grease pan with foil so that cleaned up right away...

Then annually I would do a complete scrub-down and re-season?

Thanks in advance.

No, Never wash the racks. Just wire brush the chunks off and you're good to go. Let the racks build up a seasoning on them, just like a cast iron skillet and they will become a "natural non-stick". You can take a small hoe and scrap off the defletor plate when it gets a buildup. I washed my racks once and will never do it again. ( I learned this from an old guy living down in Florida that has a whole bunch of babies that was kind enough to pass on his knowledge about this, I'm sure he will be along shortly to add to this for you)

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 18th, 2011, 7:25 pm 
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PacificQ wrote:
Now that I got my Baby dirty, i was wondering about the best way to clean her up.

Should I wash the racks and scrape the diffuser down between each cook?

I lined the grease pan with foil so that cleaned up right away...

Then annually I would do a complete scrub-down and re-season?

Thanks in advance.

No, Never wash the racks. Just wire brush the chunks off and you're good to go. Let the racks build up a seasoning on them, just like a cast iron skillet and they will become a "natural non-stick". You can take a small hoe and scrap off the defletor plate when it gets a buildup. I washed my racks once and will never do it again. ( I learned this from an old guy living down in Florida that has a whole bunch of babies that was kind enough to pass on his knowledge about this, I'm sure he will be along shortly to add to this for you)



What Darrell says, but take it up to 350 for a bit to dry and loosen up the crusties... It helps...

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 18th, 2011, 7:35 pm 
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Clean? :o Why would you want to clean off all of that seasoning? :? Your GrandMama woulda busted your knuckles if you even thought of treating her cast iron cook ware that way! :shock:

Oh! You're talking about the outside! It's automobile paint. It's new! Treat that new paint with care!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 18th, 2011, 9:09 pm 
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X2 what they have said.

I will add though, keep an eye on the condition of all your door gaskets. My coal chute gasket was getting saturated with a black creosote type coating. It was getting absorbed into the gasket making it hard. I removed the door and soaked it in Simple green overnight to clean it up and make it supple once again. Now I run an aluminum foil blocker inside the coal chute to catch the black vapors rising, and a flat piece of foil under my chute gasket. Been working out great.

I have been burning Royal Oak Red Bag charcoal.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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mark, can you elaborate a little on your technique there. Sounds interesting. maybe take a photo as well.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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mark, can you elaborate a little on your technique there. Sounds interesting. maybe take a photo as well.

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It sounded more technical than it is. I just double folded a piece of heavy foil to fit just inside the diameter of the chute. Kind of like a foil plug. I run this just above the charcoal. This foil now catches 90% of the rising black vapors that used to get up into the gasket material. So now instead of sticking to my chute lid, the foil catches it. To add more protection, just a double folded flat piece of aluminum foil is placed over the very top of the chute, where the door gasket seals.

What happened is my inside the gasket was so saturated, when under heat, the gasket would get rock hard and not seal. I was getting some paint scorching around the outside my charcoal chute door gasket, on the finish paint. Normal cleaning wouldn't get the inside of the gasket clean and supple. Overnight soaking the entire lid, released the build up inside the gasket material, after some repeated scrubbing.

Let me know if you still want pictures, headed to work now.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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Getting some of the chute gasket hardening myself now but gave it a thorough cleaning. Loosened up a lot but still tough. Maybe try the barrier idea.

Thanks Mark!

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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k,,,, Mark I to have problem... Does the first Plug go down as the fuel falls to the end of the grate where we light? If I got it right just fold and sit on top of char and the 2nd stay under gasket. Thanks I'm slow... :D :D :D

I also have problem with the fire door gasket getting hard... Anything you tried on it :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?: :?:

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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Mark you always have good ideas and solutions. I have been having the same problem with my gasket on the chute door. Will give it a try. Thanks!

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