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June 10th, 2016, 7:58 am
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* Cheyenne ** Cheyenne *
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a little confused...is the initial burn a a step to be taken on its own, followed up with a completely separate seasoning process?
something like this....

1. wash and clean the grates and diffuser 1st, reinstall and run the unit at 350 for an hour or so.

OR

2. wash and clean the grates and diffuser and THEN coat them with oil, reinstall and run the unit at 350 for an hour or so

OR

3. wash and clean the grates and diffuser, no oil, burn at 350 for an hour or so,rewash and clean the grates and diffuser, reinstall, followed by a cook of something fatty like chicken, or bacon to complete the seasoning part of the equation

AND

4. also should the inside of the body be coated with oil, or will the seasoning take care of that?

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June 10th, 2016, 9:09 am
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* Durnago ** Durnago *
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Step one is what you need to do. Wash the grates then reinstall and run and empty cooker to burn off the unit and let cool. Then you can oil the grates and inside if you want to but it's not needed. After the burn off you can just cook and it will season itself as you cook.

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June 10th, 2016, 9:30 am
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* Cheyenne ** Cheyenne *
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thanx for responding kirby...i appreciate it.

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"Pissing off muslims one rack at a time"
June 10th, 2016, 10:05 am
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The easy way:

- Get the smoker off the pallet
- Put everything in place in the cooker
- Load the hopper with pellets
- Plug it in and start it up at the default 350 degrees
- Let it run for a minimum of 1 hour
- Once completely cooled, wipe down the top and bottom of all the grates (make sure that they are completely dry when done)
- clean out all the ash in the burn grate, firebox and bottom of the cooker
- Using a spray can of canola oil, spray the top of the diffuser plate, and everything above it with a thick coat of oil (I do the chamber walls and the lid, but be careful to not create a mess, this is optional and does not need to be done, IF, food is immediately and continually cooked to achieve the same results)
- Unplug the power cord
- Wait 30 seconds
- Plug the power cord back in and start the cooker at the default 350 degrees
- Let it run for a minimum of 1 hour
- Start your new life with your new obsession

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July 28th, 2016, 12:20 pm
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* Cheyenne ** Cheyenne *
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thanx herb, you could not have explained it any easier if you tried.

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"Pissing off muslims one rack at a time"
November 16th, 2020, 4:34 pm
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* Abilene ** Abilene *
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Yoder_Herb wrote:The easy way:

- Get the smoker off the pallet
- Put everything in place in the cooker
- Load the hopper with pellets
- Plug it in and start it up at the default 350 degrees
- Let it run for a minimum of 1 hour
- Once completely cooled, wipe down the top and bottom of all the grates (make sure that they are completely dry when done)
- clean out all the ash in the burn grate, firebox and bottom of the cooker
- Using a spray can of canola oil, spray the top of the diffuser plate, and everything above it with a thick coat of oil (I do the chamber walls and the lid, but be careful to not create a mess, this is optional and does not need to be done, IF, food is immediately and continually cooked to achieve the same results)
- Unplug the power cord
- Wait 30 seconds
- Plug the power cord back in and start the cooker at the default 350 degrees
- Let it run for a minimum of 1 hour
- Start your new life with your new obsession



Is this still the correct and easy method. I am getting my YS640s tomorrow

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