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Reply to "Ummmm, brand new Smokette II from Cabela's and it's dirty inside?"

Typically, sheet metals have a light coating of oil on it that is part of the rolling/forming process. I'd suggest using a wet cloth that has diluted dish soap on it.. such as.. dip the cloth in your sink "before" doing the dishes.. about that dilution.. clean off the oils and rinse with a clean wet cloth a couple of times. Then you are ready to go. Three or four chunks of the wood you received in that box for four to six hours NO MEAT YET) Don't be upset of you see smoke escaping around door edges.. that'll pretty much seal up after a number of smokes.. but maybe not entirely.. no big deal. After breaking in the unit you should be ready to go for your first smoke with a nice fatty piece of meat like a pork butt or two. Be sure to line the bottom of the smoker and the top of the smoke box with heavy duty aluminum foil to make cleanup easier.

Clean the racks after a meat smoke but don't try to remove the "blackening" from the sides and top.

Good luck to you.......
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