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Fo Sizzle My Nizzle 10-09-2012 11:13 PM

Stuck Weber Vents
 
Rescued an older OTS 22 from my pops a while back and trying to get her back to her former glory. Cooked on it for the first time tonight after getting an inital power wash and scrub down. Two of the three lower vents are stuck shut with one stuck open. Anyone have some tips on how to get these operational again without destroying them?

Boshizzle 10-09-2012 11:20 PM

Spray veggy oil?

landarc 10-09-2012 11:20 PM

Did you hit it with penetrating oil already? Sometimes a light hit with a torch will break em loose.

Midnight Smoke 10-09-2012 11:36 PM

Spray well with WD-40 inside and out, let it sit overnight then start sliding each vent back and forth until they move freely.

Fo Sizzle My Nizzle 10-10-2012 12:34 AM

Thanks for the ideas. I'll have to give them a shot this weekend. If the veggie oil doesn't work I'll go with wd40 or another type of penetrating oil/degunker spray.

MS2SB 10-10-2012 12:39 AM

PB Blaster will probably be more effective than WD-40

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Ringburner 10-10-2012 06:17 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Midnight Smoke (Post 2239469)
Spray well with WD-40 inside and out, let it sit overnight then start sliding each vent back and forth until they move freely.

+1
Worked great for me

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dadsr4 10-10-2012 08:12 AM

I have one grill that has been in use since 1979. Whatever you do, do not bend the vents. They will never be the same. If the vents are bolted on, remove the bolts and soak the daisy wheels to clean. Drill out the rivets, if they are used, and replace them. Stainless steel nuts and bolts are cheap.

charrederhead 10-10-2012 08:46 AM

I've had good luck spraying them with Kroil.

Big Bears BBQ 10-10-2012 08:50 AM

What they said then give it a good cleaning with hot water and should be good to go ....

qnbiker 10-10-2012 10:23 AM

If these methods don't free the vent cover, just drill out the rivet and replace it with a bolt and lock nut. That's what Weber will send you if you order replacement vent covers.

rg02 10-10-2012 10:59 AM

the redhead i just picked up had tight daisy wheels. sprayed a little wd40 last night and broke em loose. there is one that wont close all the way shut though. thinking i may leave it that way. worst case---drill out the rivets and remove the wheels and thoroughly clean everything and reinstall with SS hardware :)

Fo Sizzle My Nizzle 10-10-2012 11:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rg02 (Post 2239777)
the redhead i just picked up had tight daisy wheels. sprayed a little wd40 last night and broke em loose. there is one that wont close all the way shut though. thinking i may leave it that way. worst case---drill out the rivets and remove the wheels and thoroughly clean everything and reinstall with SS hardware :)

Yeah after seeing your redhead thread it reminded me I had work to do on my last rescue mission. Not sure if any of the target stores still have random bbq items in the clearance section but my last trip through the ones here in the Springs had hinged 18.5 grates at all of them.

Yellowhair42 10-10-2012 11:12 AM

A little known but effective trick is wax.Yes ordinary candle wax.I didn't believe it until I tried it.Heat the area then apply wax on the fastener.It should be hot enough to liquify the wax.

realspaazz 10-10-2012 11:19 AM

If you use the penetrating blaster, be sure to do a good hot burn to get rid of the smell. It works well, but boy, oh boy, what a smell.


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