Frequently Asked Questions
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We recommend you do! All that is needed is a quick rub down of the inside of the drum and cooking grates with a little vegetable oil, we just use a piece of kitchen roll to do this. Once rubbed, fire up your smoker as if you were going to cook, add some wood and let it run for an hour or 2 before adding any food. This will give the inside a nice coating and turn it a light bronze colour. Use this opportunity to have a play around with the temperature control. Try and maintain a temperature of 250F/120c as this will give the paint a 2nd cure and maximise the durability of the finish.
If you are collecting your drum we can fully assemble it for you. If it is being shipped we will assemble everything apart from attaching the thermometer and the front plate as it will not fit in the box. We provide the allen key to fit these and takes around 2 minutes to do.
We aim to get the smokers built and ready to ship within 3-5 days of ordering. This does depend on paint stock and obviously how busy we are. For up to date time scales just send us a message.
You can indeed! Just send us a message and we can discuss your needs.
Yes it can. If you require extra cooking racks or different placement on any fittings just add your items in the shop page. If you require something that isn't listed just let us know. You can get in touch with us here.
The paint we use is rated up to 650F/345c so well in the safe zone for regular cooking. You do need to take care not to leave the lid off your smoker for a long period of time when in use, as this can cause the temperature to raise dramatically and could end up overheating. Also be cautious when using as a grill, we don't recommend you FILL the basket with raging hot charcoal as this will a) burn your food and b) possibly damage the paint. Half full is plenty adequate for grilling. Bristol Drum Smokers does not accept any responsibly for misuse. NEVER LEAVE THE DRUM UNATTENDED WITH THE LID OFF.
We like to keep ours on a couple of paving slabs just to keep it out of any water - one of the joys of cooking outdoors in the UK. It will be fine direct on a paved garden area, but definitely raise it on some slabs if using on a wooden decking area, in case of scorching.
We recommend you use a sheet of tin foil on the bottom of the drum that will collect any ash for easy cleaning. After many many uses you may wish to clean the inside of your drum. You can do this by heating it up, using a gentle degreaser and then washing off with a pressure washer. If you choose to do this you will need to re-season the drum.
We send our drums next day delivery via Fedex. Smaller items are sent via courier and will arrive within 2-3 days.
We are unable to send the large smokers to Scotland or NI via Fedex so please get in touch for a shipping quote of these areas.