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  1. #1
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    Default BITTER SMELL from Weber Smokey Mountain...

    Hey guys,

    I am getting ready to relocate and move outta town and my last smoke was about a week ago on the WSM. I had some leftover unburned charcoal still in the bowl and needed to cook off the rest of the gunk on the grates, so I lit a chimney and dumped it in. I opened up all the vents and let it go as high as it could.

    I'm not sure if water seeped in there or what but the smell is very strong and bitter. Is this gonna ruin my food the next time I cook? I was trying to burn off any food residue to keep that from happening?

    What could be smelling so awful? I usually keep it very clean.

    Thanks!

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    What did you cook on the old charcoal ,That u used ? Sounds like a moldy situation .Just burn it off with high flame and heat.
    LOve to grill and eat .
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    Steve

    4% of something that tastes like nothing is probably not needed.

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    Just cooked a couple turkey breasts. It's rolling at 375. That good enough to burn it off? I don't want it to taint the flavor of my food next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tackdriver View Post
    Just cooked a couple turkey breasts. It's rolling at 375. That good enough to burn it off? I don't want it to taint the flavor of my food next time.
    I would get it as hot as you can get it .let it rip .You wont have any problems with tainted meats that way .It will burn all the foul away.
    LOve to grill and eat .
    The balck oval primos x tr lrg
    Steve

    4% of something that tastes like nothing is probably not needed.

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    I agree .. sounds like a mold issue. If I suspect anything on my charcoal I'll dump it and start fresh. Hope all turned out well for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buzzwinder View Post
    You should probably try to get in the habit of coming back after the fire burns down and rinsing the water bowl and dumping the old charcoal. It also is not a bad idea to leave vents open when not in use so as to allow air to circulate through the cooker.

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    You guys nailed it. Been burning at 350 degrees and higher for hours and the stench is gone. I left the water pan with grease in it for a week in hot enclosed environment and it was probably mold. Will completely empty and clean after it cools.

    Thanks!

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