Clean the heat deflector after every cook (yes/no)?

jf831024

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Ok, I have searched the forum and thumbed through several pages to see if this has been addressed (I'm sure it has), just could not find it.
The question I have is, do you pull & clean all the gook that builds up on the heat deflector after every cook or just do a burn off and wipe up as much as you can after?
When I say clean, I mean I pressure wash mine until its completely clear of all burnt on debris.
*NOTE* I have seasoned the deflector with avocado oil, so I know if I pull and clean it will lose this coating.

Appreciate any and all opinions/suggestions.

Jerry
 

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NO. I do a high temp burn after a long cook to get most of the grease to flow to the bucket.
The plate/deflector then has charred debris on it.
On my next cook, I use a 6" drywall knife to scrape the debris off and over the edges to the bottom of the smoker.
Have not had a problem with losing paint.

Then as always, I use my shop vac to vacuum the burn pot and the ash and debris from inside the bottom of the cabinet.
No greasy smell to linger.
I store mine in my garage and roll it out when using.
 

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Same, seasoning is flavor. Many use foil to make things easier. I've tried both and I think it all comes down to whether you spend your time foiling or making a couple of swipes with a scraper. I just try to make sure that my food isn't too close to the front or back so most makes it's way to the trap.
 

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been seeing folks put aluminum foil over it...then throw it out with minimal cleaning...not sure yet...still getting my Lockhart dialed in...
 

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