Shotgun BBQ Smoker Safety Warnings

Modified on Tue, 07 Mar 2023 at 11:39 AM


WARNING: FIRE HAZARD, BURN HAZARD!! FLAMES, SPARKS, AND LIT EMBERS CAN EXIT ANY OPENING ON THE COOKER CAUSING FIRE!! Keep the cooker located a safe distance away from flammable objects including buildings, walls, solvents, cars, fuel, wood piles, furniture, etc. and use caution when opening the cooker. An ember that has fallen or is ejected from the pit can be blown by a light wind into a garage or other structure, debris field, woods, or grass field and cause fire. Have a fire extinguisher and water supply available near the cooker. If the cooker is used on a combustible surface such as a wooden deck, place the cooker on a nonflammable pad intended for this purpose.

WARNING: SMOKE CAN COMBUST WHEN OXYGEN IS INTRODUCED AND PRODUCE SEVERE BURNS!! ALWAYS USE CAUTION WHEN OPENING THE COOKER. WARNING: PIT FIRES CAN OCCUR WHEN LIQUIDS ARE SPILLED OR WHEN SURFACES INSIDE THE COOKER REACH THE IGNITION TEMPERATURE OF FATS!! Never pour or toss water directly into a fat fire. Reduce the temperature by cooling the fire in the firebox with a water spray. Close the cooking chamber door and the firebox while it is steaming to smother the fire. Repeat this procedure as necessary to get the pit fire under control.

NOTE: Pit fires can be largely avoided if the pit is kept clean and free from fat buildup during or between cooks. Changing drip trays during a cook cycle helps keep flammable fats in the pit to a minimum. Keep cooking temperatures low enough to avoid ignition.

WARNING: THERE ARE HOT SURFACES ON ALL PARTS OF THE COOKER BEFORE, DURING, AND AFTER COOKING!! Wear protective clothing when tending the pit, attempting to extinguish a fire, or dumping a firebox in a proper ash receptacle.

CAUTION: Fire danger is always present even in the best conditions. Continuously perform safety precaution procedures. Be ready to call your local fire company in the case of an emergency situation.

CAUTION: Never use the cooker inside a home. Deadly carbon monoxide gas may be produced as a byproduct of incomplete combustion of carbon. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, toxic gas. Because it is impossible to see, taste, or smell, it can be deadly before its presence is known. At lower levels of exposure, carbon monoxide causes mild effects that are often mistaken for the flu. It burns with a violet flame.

CAUTION: Under no circumstances should this cooker be used as a source of creature comfort or warmth, even in an emergency. It should never be used or installed near where people will be sleeping.

CAUTION: Never operate a charcoal or wood burning appliance inside a tent or a building without proper ventilation which will include a stove pipe connection from the cooker through a wall or roof to the outside of the structure. Fresh air must always be present and plentiful, from open windows and doors. Seek the help of a professional to ensure proper safety.

CAUTION: Children should not be left unattended near the area where the smoker is being used. Never allow children to sit, stand, climb, or crawl into the smoker at any time. Make sure the smoker is cool before storing in a well-ventilated area away from children.

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