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Posted: 3/15/2011 8:13:43 AM EST
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:18:46 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 8:20:23 AM EST by Normal_Guy]
Damn, that's funny.

They have a disclaimer:
We understand that some people are concerned about possible health risks when smoking food in our galvanized smoker. After much research into this matter prior to product development and testing, TRASHY SMOKERS is confident that there is absolutley no risk of zinc poisoning or over exposure with using their smoker. Also note that as you use your TRASHY SMOKER the inside will quickly season with a dark, smokey (boy that smells good) coating that forms a barrier between the zinc plated metal and the food being smoked.

I personally have been using a TRASHY SMOKER for over a year now and haven't developed so much as an eye twitch. BON APPETITE !


So I suppose it kills over time.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:20:00 AM EST
He's been using it for a whole year with no problem.

Must be good then right?
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:26:17 AM EST
I heard if you "burn off" the metal before you cook with it you are safe.

Don't know how true it is.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:28:07 AM EST
Zinc fume disease IS a problem for welders, zinc boils at 1670 F or so. But it isn't toxic (zinc is a necessary mineral in your diet). You are not going to get zinc fume disease from a smoker unless you like your food carbonized.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:30:36 AM EST
Don't worry about those cadmium plated refrigerator racks though......
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 8:45:48 AM EST
I love barbecue. But I hate cheap smokers.

I bought a Char-Griller (Chinese) horizontal box unit for about $150, and it's a POS. It works, no doubt, but the steel is very thin and it has virtually no heat retention and bad temperature gradation. If it rains, it simply can't stay hot enough. I've finally "learned it" so that's a help, but some things even a deft hand can't overcome.

But it was $150, so I'll use it until it's completely unservicable. And what the heck, as long as I baby it, the food still turns out awesome.

If money weren't an issue, I'd get a Gator Pit and call it done.
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 10:36:36 AM EST
[Last Edit: 3/15/2011 11:13:40 AM EST by lipton]
Originally Posted By TrojanMan:
I love barbecue. But I hate cheap smokers.

I bought a Char-Griller (Chinese) horizontal box unit for about $150, and it's a POS. It works, no doubt, but the steel is very thin and it has virtually no heat retention and bad temperature gradation. If it rains, it simply can't stay hot enough. I've finally "learned it" so that's a help, but some things even a deft hand can't overcome.

But it was $150, so I'll use it until it's completely unservicable. And what the heck, as long as I baby it, the food still turns out awesome.

If money weren't an issue, I'd get a Gator Pit and call it done.


I also have a Box smoker and it is very finicky, however it does smoke very well. Temp control is the only thing shitty about it.

I have started construction on my own so will not be a problem in the future....
Link Posted: 3/15/2011 10:38:18 AM EST
I know people who use galvanized garbage cans for outdoor deep frying/steaming.
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