SMOKER CABINET CARE AND CLEANING GUIDE
The Kalamazoo Smoker Cabinet is crafted from high-quality stainless steel and built to provide a lifetime of use and enjoyment. Read on for care and cleaning tips to keep your smoker performing at its optimal level.
CLEANING THE EXTERIOR OF YOUR SMOKER CABINET
Your Smoker Cabinet is made from 304 or 316 marine-grade stainless steel that are incredibly resistant to corrosion. However, while the stainless steel may discolor from the intense heat, this condition is normal.
We recommend the following process for cleaning your smoker:
- Always allow the smoker to cool completely before cleaning.
- Use a degreaser such as Simple Green™ BBQ Cleaner, followed by a stainless steel polish.
- Scrub with the grain, never across. Remove all cleaner residue before using the smoker in order to avoid a build-up of film from the cleaner.
- For stubborn stains, or to fix scratches, we recommend using a Scratch-B-Gone kit. You may also use a product called Bar Keepers Friend®. This will remove stains, but it is likely to alter the appearance of the brushed stainless steel finish.
RECOMMENDATIONS FOR OCEANFRONT ENVIRONMENTS
Oceanfront environments with salt air and sea spray will require regular maintenance and cleaning to prevent rust. For maximum corrosion and stain resistance of your products, we highly recommend cleaning the stainless steel at least twice a month.
CARING FOR THE SMOKER’S PIT COMPUTER AND BLOWER
We recommend removing the pit computer and blower after each use and storing it indoors. The AC power adapter can remain inside the smoker cabinet between uses, but if you anticipate long periods of inactivity for your smoker, it is best to bring the AC adapter indoors as well.
Make sure to use caution to avoid stressing the wire connection on the blower when operating the smoker.
CARING FOR THE SMOKER’S GASKETS
After every few uses, gently wipe down the gaskets on the charcoal chute door and pit door. With proper care the gaskets will last a long time. For specific instructions on replacing the gaskets if they are damaged or no longer seal properly, read the Smoker Cabinet Use and Care Guide.
SEASONAL CARE FOR SMOKER CABINETS
Our smoker cabinets can easily withstand the elements and do not need winterization. However, we do recommend a thorough cleaning every season to keep your products in prime condition.
To learn more about winterizing your full outdoor kitchen, visit our complete guide here.