Jonathon mikedef5 @PK100 My .02¢. Are the sticks fatting out? How close are the sticks hanging together? In my vertical smokers I move my hanging sticks around to lessen the effects of hot spots in the box and I am thinking about adding a fan or two to move the air a bit. My horizontal smoker I do the same with the trays and rotate. It is a bit more putty and tempemental being stick fed and there is a noticable hot spot and no place for a worthwhile tray to add moisture, but it works well with larger cuts of meat and you have a reason to sit around and drink to watch it cook. No experience with the PK100, maybe later this fall when passing through and there is room in the truck.
cleaning your smoker
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How well and how often do you clean your smoker?
denny66 Ahhh a subject near, and far from dear, to my heart! One of the main reasons I LOVE our PK 100 is that you never clean the inside walls or bottom, just the racks! However, with our big commercial one I have to clean it after every.single.use! Not a fan of that honestly!
I use Smokehouse Cleaner to make it easy, just spray this on and let it sti for a few minutes, then scrub any really stubborn spots and then rinse and you are good to go.
As far as how often I’d recommend you clean a home smoker…after any time you do fish for sure. Other than that I would say every 20 or so hours of smoking, though that might be too often for a lot of people. It also depends on how much fat drips down and how good your water pan is at catching that fat.
I just clean the rack, and the temp probe, never the interior. when it starts to flake, I take the vacuum to it. I have a Traeger, so I clean the pellet ash out on every smoking session.