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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 19th, 2011, 5:38 pm 
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Ok, here is the fix I used.

Just some foil folded over and used to make a plug/baffle for the top of the charcoal chute. It catches any of the creosote type smoke that was causing my chute door gasket to get hard. I thought I would have it cleaned well, but after next cook it would be rock hard again. It got so bad it scorched the paint past the gasket on the top of the smoker. I ended up sanding off the blistered paint, and framing the area with high temp exhaust paint. (flat black) For the gasket the only way to get it REAL clean was to remove the chute door and soak overnight. I kept changing out the water, and running my fingers along the gasket material to squeeze and loosen any of the creosote stuff that was saturated in the gasket. Finally the next day, I would only get clear water out of the gasket. Since my foil plug I have had clean soft chute gasket.

The foil in the pictures has been the original pieces from several cooks. You can see the black gunk sticking to the plug. I need to use some vegetable oil to spray down the inside of the lid.

The foil plug, just sits below the top of the chute.
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I just lay an additional piece of folded up foil over chute, to have a secondary way to protect the gasket from creosote.
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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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Ok,,, I got it now,,, guess I need pics... Thanks Mark... Going to go make one now.. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D My mech. skills should allow that :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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Thanks for ther pics and the info Mark. I have the same problem of a hard gasket and burning the paint but not to the extent of burning the paint past the gasket. I am going to give this a try before it goes past the gasket.

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
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I went out and checked the gasket on my fuel chute. I've only had my Baby burning Stubbs Charcoal for about 23 hours and the gasket on the side nearest the hinge is already very stiff and inflexible. And I was putting paper towels in the top of the chute to help absorb moisture.

Any concern about burning that when it condenses on the foil and drops back onto the fire?

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 Post subject: Re: Best Practices: how to clean a Stumps Cooker
PostPosted: July 20th, 2011, 5:28 am 
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I went out and checked the gasket on my fuel chute. I've only had my Baby burning Stubbs Charcoal for about 23 hours and the gasket on the side nearest the hinge is already very stiff and inflexible. And I was putting paper towels in the top of the chute to help absorb moisture.

Any concern about burning that when it condenses on the foil and drops back onto the fire?



It is really no different than it collecting on my cute lid? I was getting a black build up on the inside of that.

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Mark,

Great idea and great fix :D :D :D Gonna use your trick from now on!!!!

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stlblues wrote:
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Great idea and great fix :D :D :D Gonna use your trick from now on!!!!


X2, Thanks Mark.

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x3 It done,,, thanks.

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PostPosted: July 21st, 2011, 3:02 pm 
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Well, I have never seen the need for something like this. BUT, if I am ever in a situation like that, now I know how to fix and/or prevent the build-uo.

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Mark, thanks for the idea. I am having the problem when I started using Stubbs. Primo and RO do not do that to my Baby or Prince.

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