Water in UDS all winter

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Water in UDS all winter

Postby jmans84 » Mon Apr 23, 2018 11:16 am

Hello all, I'm new to the forum and i have a questions about standing water in a UDS. I had my UDS outside all winter long with a cover on it, however this last Saturday i went to go and check my smoker to get ready for spring smoking and i found tons of water in the bottom of my UDS!! I was freaking out because i had read that having water in your smoker along with ash makes Lye, which is poisonous. I would like to use my smoker soon, but i definitely don't want to serve tainted food and hurt someone. I also noticed mold build up on the grilling racks, which i was just planning on giving a thorough cleaning to sanitize. What should be done with my drum and firebox? Thanks for any help!
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Re: Water in UDS all winter

Postby castironchris » Mon Apr 30, 2018 7:49 am

Not sure about the Lye but I would just do a good hot burnout for the mold.
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Re: Water in UDS all winter

Postby limey » Fri May 04, 2018 6:58 am

Clean out your UDS really good with a wire brush, rinse off, and reseason and you will be good to go. Happened to my WSM , it happens.
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