also wonder if you just stuffed the thing with newspaper from time to time and burned a hot fire if that wouldn't crack some of it loose?
Tried this the other day. Sounded like it wouldnt hurt. Well it did.
I think I ruined my smoker. Still works for now though. Got that sucker blazing hot. The nice stainless shine is now gun-blued steel in the middle, the tar drips that came from around the dome on the outside is now permamently baked on, and the plastic bellows started to melt (I'm using the cheapo from Mann Lake).
Now I do have an excuse to buy a new smoker. Is it the glue in the pellet stove pellets that creates all that darn cresote tar? Just having the smoker in the house (extinguished of course) makes everything smell like a campfire. I'm hoping the cedar shavings or burlap will leave less tar. Nasty stuff.