BBQ – General Questions
I received an email the other day that read as follows:
“I love using my offset smoker, but hate cleaning out the fire box. Seems like the job is becoming one that I look forward to less and less. One of my problems is that I lose the smoker fire box clean out tool that came with my smoker. Getting a new one of those might be a good idea to start! (LOL) Can you provide any information about the best way to clean out a big offset smoker fire box?”
Cleaning out your BBQ Smoker’s firebox can be a dirty job.
I did some searching on the web and found a few standard firebox clean out tools. Seems one of these and a shop vac might do the trick, providing your coals and ash are cool, of course.
The Smoker King blog also has some great suggestions on how to clean your BBQ smoker. Check it out, as no one likes a dirty smoker!
If you have a standard method of cleaning out your BBQ Smoker firebox, drop a comment and let us know here. Always happy to share best practices with our readers!
Somebody across the street threw out a gas barbecue grill, and I decided to take it since it’s in nice condition. However, I already have two gas grills so I was wondering if I could use charcoal in it. Is there any way to make it work safely, or would I just end up melting the thing? - Mike from Tennessee
Well Mike, I don’t know exactly how to go about it. However, you could use a few different options on that gas grill so that you can still create great smoked BBQ goodness. I’ve successfully used Sam’s Smoker Pro on our gas grill. It does the trick when you want a hint of smoked BBQ flavor.
UsingSam’s Smoker Pro
Here’s a video I found on Youtube showing how Sam’s Smoker Pro is used.
To the readers of this blog, I’ll put the conversion test to you! If you’ve successfully converted a gas BBQ to charcoal, drop a line here and let us know what you did and how things came out!