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Post Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:26 pm
scorched_porch User avatar
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Steven - After a WSM session the water pan is invariably full of a soup of water, grease and drippings. How do you dispose of this disgusting stuff? I'm sure there are about 30 answers. I've heard that you can use cat litter or sand - which would make it easier to clean up, but wouldn't that defeat the purpose of the water? I like to run a clean rig, and this one has baffled me from day one.
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Post Mon Jul 28, 2014 8:14 pm
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I guess I shouldn't say that I dump it down the sewer drain in front of the neighbor's house. If my wife were reading this, I guess I shouldn't say that I use it for watering her plants. So what I'll tell you is that, using a funnel, I place it in empty milk cartons and throw it away. You with me? BTW, I LOVE when you say you like to run a clean rig!

Post Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:50 am
Donald1800 rare
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Location: Fontana, CA
How about adding enough laundry soap to just get a little foam when whisked, then dump it down the drain. Added to all of the other water usage dumped into the drain, it can't be any worse than your wife washing a mechanics coveralls.

Post Tue Jul 29, 2014 2:10 pm
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Got it. Thanks - Don't want to clog up the drains with all of that grease. I like the milk carton idea - And I have not done either of those things that you have not done... :wink: ...Except I do tend to dump it in a pile of leaves in the gutter before I throw them out.
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Post Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:07 pm
Donald1800 rare
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"...Don't want to clog up the drains with all of that grease..."

That is why you use the laundry soap - it emulsifies the grease so that it can not clog the drain.


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