Cleaning your pellet grill seems to be like a tough task but is worth it! Keeping it clear will lead to your food being free from any germs that can cause food poising. It is always a good idea to clean your pellet before and after every use. It not only helps in keeping your food clean but also maintains a healthy environment. It helps in the long run maintenance of your pellet itself and doesn’t let you spend a huge amount on servicing/replacement.
Things you will require to clean your grill:
- Dry vacuum
- REC TEC Wood Pellet Grill/Smoker
- Wet vacuum
- Cleaning spray
- Dry and clean cloth
- Putty knife (plastic)
- Small and big wired brushes
Cleaning the pellet smoker:
Cleaning this can be a huge mess as we have opted for a complete cleaning process. Before starting, wheel your smoker. Dump all the pellets using a bucket on the back of a hopper.
Next, remove the grill grates, drip tray, heat baffle and any other part of the machine. Spray cleaning sprays on the grill grates and lets it be there for about 10-15 minutes. This will make it easier for you to remove all of the dirt in one go. Then, wash the grates with soapy water and clean it with clean water and a washcloth.
Vacuum all the ash and soot out from the bottom of the smoker but this is only the beginning as we have decided to clean our griller like a brand new one today!
Scrape out the walls neat and clean:
Using the knife, scrape the interior walls of your smoker thoroughly. This will require Effort but make sure everything is scraped out 100% and evenly. Use the big wire brushes for large walls and smaller ones for the more complicated areas like the cap of your smoker.
Let us vacuum!!:
Now, this is not as fun as it sounds but we cannot skip it because this is one of the most important parts of the whole process. Vacuum out all the dust and the leftover scraps from the smoker. Reassemble it once vacuuming is fully completed.
First, put the heat baffle and then the drip pan. It is the best if you cover your drip pan with disposable covers to secure them for a longer time. They are also an easier version of a quick clean.
Now it is time for the grill grates to go back in and the lids to be closed.
When all of this is done, it is now time to clean the outer area of your smoker with a washcloth and soapy water. Do this and make sure the water does not get into the controller area.
I recommend this deep clean about 4 times a year while a quick clean can be as stated above.
If you notice any paint peeling off, treat it as soon as possible as leaving it without the paint would cause rusting.
Good maintenance of the griller is very important for hygienic as well as health reasons. If you cannot find the time to clean it yourself, we would recommend you to call out to a service person for the same. But never ignore these things as small mistakes can turn into big paybacks!