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I’ve been using my Akorn Jr for going on a year, now. I empty the ash pan after each use, but today I noticed a fairly significant grease accumulation in there (photo attached). I’m worried this may cause ash to stick and potentially cause rust problems. Should I clean/degrease it? If so, what’s the best way to do that? Soap and dish detergent? Or is there some kind of spray degreaser I should use? Any tips appreciated. 

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You should be concerned about the rust visible in your vent area. 

 

Fix that by drilling out the rivets, separating the halves, converting the rust to blue by boiling, and then spray coating both with high-temp paint. Then, glue the two halves together with high-temp epoxy (and filling the rivet holes with same).

 

Grease buildup may be a fire hazard, but it is not a rust hazard. 

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Spray heavily with oven cleaner. Let it sit for a while and then awhile and then dump a bucket full of hot soapy water in it and brush the heck out of it. Dump it and do it again and probably again until it is clean.

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