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Old 01-31-2007, 12:06 PM   #1
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Grease trap for WSM

No matter what I do it appears to me that there is going to be grease run down the insides of the wsm and accumulate under the fire in a puddle.

I have done two cooks and had two grease fires at some point in the cook.

What do ya'll think of drilling a hole right in the middle and fashioning a grease trap ?

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Old 01-31-2007, 12:17 PM   #2
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Re: Grease trap for WSM

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No matter what I do it appears to me that there is going to be grease run down the insides of the wsm and accumulate under the fire in a puddle.

I have done two cooks and had two grease fires at some point in the cook.
A couple years of cooks in a WSM, I've never seen that. Ash sometimes sticks to the sides of the bottom in a few places, which I reckon is from grease, but never any flare-ups that I'm aware of. :scratch What were you cooking?

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Old 01-31-2007, 12:21 PM   #3
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Cliff, this is very interesting...........I've never had any problems with a grease fire or even grease at all in the bottom of the WSM. I've had a grease fire in the sand pan before, but never in the bottom. I don't even know where to go with the questions on how to help with this. The sand pan should catch 99.9% of the grease that drips.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:45 PM   #4
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Cliff are you cooking without the pan? If you have a pan with sand in it,
don't fill the pan so full of sand...leave an inch or two of room for the fat to collect. That pan should hold dang near all the grease that a fat butt can put out.
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:50 PM   #5
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Cliff are you cooking without the pan? If you have a pan with sand in it,
don't fill the pan so full of sand...leave an inch or two of room for the fat to collect. That pan should hold dang near all the grease that a fat butt can put out.
Good point Jim! I was assuming he had the pan half full!!
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Old 01-31-2007, 12:58 PM   #6
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I have never had a grease fire in a WSM , what are you doing with the waterpan?

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Old 01-31-2007, 01:03 PM   #7
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Maybe this is where I have err'd. The pan is about 3/4 full even after Scotty told me to fill it to 1/2, it just didn't look full enough.

I was more concerned with insulation than capturing grease.

I will remove some sand and see if this corrects the problem. I still have butts and chuck to cook so I need to put this issue to bed.
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:04 PM   #8
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Yes I am in the same boat. never ever have I had a grease fire.

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Old 01-31-2007, 01:10 PM   #9
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Can't say I've ever encountered a grease fire either!
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Old 01-31-2007, 01:14 PM   #10
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there you go! just take some sand out, foil the top for easy clean up, but
leave a bowl shape in the foil to collect the fat.
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