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Schrec

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OK. I know I’m not the only one that’s experienced this. I am a newer user to Traeger. I have an Ironwood 650 and I absolutely LOVE IT! Here’s the issue. After smoking salmon and chicken I want to give it a thorough cleaning. The Traeger spray is OK for the outside but let’s face it. NOT for the inside. What products have you found that are OK for the smoker and do a good job. and let me add. I hate clean up so the easier the better. Thank you all!
 

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I've yet to use any spray on the inside. I vacuum every few cooks and I use a putty night to clean the drip line. Same goes for my Century 22 which is going on 2 years old.

Personally I would wonder what spraying anything on the inside would do to the flavor of what is being cooked afterwards.
 

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If it's not too bad I use a wadded up piece of aluminum foil on the wire rack followed by a wipe with an oiled piece of paper towel. I generally wipe the grease trough with a piece of paper towel.

If it's a major, I strip the racks and grease drip pan and was in the laundry tub.if necessary.. Vacuum the bottom and the flame pot, scrape the grease trough and pull some towel through the drain tube.. If the walls are bad, I use Krudcutter and wipe it with a rag or paper towels wetted with warm water and vinegar. There's more smell to the vinegar than the Krudcutter. The Krudcutter cleans up the thermocouple nicely as well as around the door and the exhaust. I replace the foil on the drip pan .
 

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I do what grillmeister does essentially. Vacuum about every 12 hours of a cook and use a leaf blower too after, then scrape with a putty knife the drip slot. I’ll also foil over a replaceable tray liner at each cook. Makes clean up much easier.
 

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OK Schrec, all of the above are excellent methods to clean your grill. You shouldn't have to do much else, just do it regularly and don't let grease and soot build up. I have a new 650 also and I love it. The only issue I have is the plug-in meat thermometer. It's low by about 20 -30 degrees and it's my second one. So I'm careful to check it regularly with a good quality Thermapen.
 

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Im not certain why you wouldn’t use the Traeger spray for cleaning the inside? I just did mine last weekend and it was AMAZING how well the product worked. My wife even said she was going to use it to clean the oven inside the house it cut grease and cleaned so well. Basically cleaned the grill and within the hour started cooking the brisket. In the below link Traeger even sprays the product inside a grill.

 
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