How to Effectively Clean an Electric Smoker


Are you looking for the best way to clean an electric smoker without all the back-breaking scrubbing? Then make sure you check out the tips mentioned in this article!

This is how to clean an electric smoker:

  1. Empty the wood chip tray
  2. Remove the shelves, water pan, and drip pan
  3. Clean the inside of the smoker
  4. Clean the outside of the smoker
  5. Clean the thermostat and temperature probe
Meat in electric Smoker

These steps can be applied to any brand of electric smokers. Whether it may be a Masterbuilt, Char-Broil or Dyna-Glo one.

What You Will Need to Clean Your Electric Smoker

Before we can get stuck in with the cleaning, we should start by gathering our supplies. The following is a list of what you will need to complete the job.

  • A sponge or a plastic bristle brush
  • Washing detergent or oven cleaner
  • Warm water
  • A damp cloth
  • A drying cloth or paper towels
  • A scouring pad

Once you have all of these, then we are ready to get started. Let’s get rid of those mold and residue in your electric smoker!

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1. Empty the Wood Chip Tray

Before you begin cleaning, ensure that you have plugged the smoker out!

To clean your electric smoker, you must first tend to your wood chip tray. Remove the tray from the smoker and empty the ash into the garbage.

If the wood chip tray still contains wood chips, save them for your next cookout. Then wipe the tray over with a damp cloth.

2. Remove the Shelves, Water Pan, and Drip Pan

Next, remove the shelves, water pan, drip pan, and any other smoking accessories.

Scrub the shelves clean with a scouring pad, soap, and water. Then rinse them and dry them. Rinse the water pan then dry it.

Clean the drip pan with a sponge and soapy water then dry it.

3. Clean the Inside of an Electric Smoker


Cleaning the inside of the smoker is the most challenging part. If you haven’t used your smoker in a while, you may find it helpful to turn it on for an hour on high heat then allow it to cool completely. A recently used smoker is a lot easier to clean as dried-on food will wipe away more seamlessly.

Use a damp cloth to brush any residue out of the smoker. Then use a soapy sponge to clean the inside walls and floor. Then dry the inside chamber and shut the smoker’s door.

4. Clean the Outside of the Smoker

Wipe the outside of the smoker with a damp, soapy cloth. Wipe between the door seal to remove the buildup of grease and ash in the crevices.

5. Clean the Thermostat and Temperature Probe

Do not immerse the thermostat or temperature probe in water. Instead, wipe them over with a damp, soapy cloth. Then dry them thoroughly.

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Can You Power Wash an Electric Smoker?

Power washing may seem like an efficient way of cleaning your electric smoker, but it is not a good idea. The volume and force of the water in a power washer may cause it to penetrate the electrical wiring of the appliance. This could cause the smoker to stop working. It could also be very dangerous.

It is best to clean the smoker in stages with a damp cloth. After you have cleaned your smoker, make sure you dry it well.


Cleaning an electric smoker after a long day of cooking may seem like an arduous task. But as I’m sure you’ve seen in the tips mentioned in this article, there are a couple of surefire ways you can make the job easier!

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Tyler Lachance is a cookout professional. His expertise on cooking grilled food, creating marinades, formulating sauces and matching his food with the perfect drink is unrivaled.

Born and raised in a family that has a long history of cookout, he has treated this activity as a part of his culture and who he is.