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smokeandbeer 05-04-2008 04:10 PM

It's Alive! I present to you...FRANKENWEBER!
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I got tired of waiting for a decent Weber Performer to pop up on Craig's list, and didn't want to pay for a new one, so I got creative. Last week a Performer popped up on CL and the guy agreed to sell it to me, then he sold it to someone else out from under me :icon_pissed. So the same day there was a listing for a free gasser about 5 miles from my house. Long story short, the gasser was a POS Char Broil that was not only not cared for, but they had burned charcoal in it and the burner was full of ash :eek:.

I salvaged the side burner from it and mounted it on the Char Griller to light my chimney's with, and junked the rest. Then I got to thinking, why not build my own custom Weber. So I cleaned up the former Char Broil cart and repainted with High Temp. I had an old cast iron double burner camp stove that I mounted with 6 inch bolts, and added a 12 inch aluminum baking pan under as a catch pan. I used the old side shelf wood from the Char Griller on the right side, and mounted a second shelf underneath it for the chimney. Last I made a shelf out of 2x4's for the Weber and covered the top with aluminum flashing sheet (hot coal on wood mod), and cut the legs on the Weber down. I also stabilized the Weber with some stainless 3 inch hooks that are mounted in the sides of the kettle, and hooked onto the cart.

Total cost was $12.69 for some hardware to mount the Weber and the camp stove/side burner. Even adding in the cost of everything I already had (grill, camp stove, etc.) it was about $100 for the whole project.

It looks a little hillbilly, and needs a good coat of paint, but I am very pleased with the result. Everything is very solid, and I plan to put it on the porch with pride :biggrin:

A full shot of the (almost) finished project
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Second full shot...
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Side Burner ready to fry some bacon...
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Shot of Side Burner with pan mounted underneath...
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The Weber with legs cut and SS hooks in side holding it in place...
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The support shelf with aluminum flashing on the top to avoid hot coal burn
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The side shelf with the reused Char Griller wood painted...
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The under shelf made from the original side shelf wood and a couple of brackets
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Rear view, shelf side...
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Rear view, burner side...
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FrankenWeber LIVES!
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mm_0_mm 05-04-2008 04:14 PM

Nice work! gotta love creativity.

are you gonna mount the tank?

fnnm358 05-04-2008 04:15 PM

Looks like a good idea

Now were is the pron of the food cooked on it

smokeandbeer 05-04-2008 04:19 PM


Originally Posted by mm_0_mm (Post 628710)
Nice work! gotta love creativity.

are you gonna mount the tank?

Thanks for the props. I don't think I am going to mount the tank. I was going to try and work a solution, but I think I am just going to elevate it with some paver bricks after I move the grill to the patio.

jdub 05-04-2008 04:38 PM


You've never heard of the Millennium Falcon?

Should I have?

It's the ship that made the Kessel Run in less than twelve parsecs. I've outrun Imperial starships. Not the local bulk cruisers mind you, I'm talking about the big Corellian ships now. She's fast enough for you old man.
Love it!

JediDog 05-04-2008 05:22 PM

It's ALIVE .. ALIVE..... Nice score. You get the best of both worlds hehe.

OSD 05-04-2008 05:28 PM

Great job!! Nothing wrong with the way it looks and if someone doesn't like the way it looks, when all great the food is ready just tell you didn't fix any for them because you didn't think they would eat anything fixed on it. That'll fix them!!

Solidkick 05-04-2008 05:59 PM

Looks like a competition chicken cooker If I ever saw one.....:mrgreen:

Looks good to me! Congrats on your creativity!

ipls3355 05-04-2008 06:23 PM

Dude, that rocks!! I want one!!

Brian in Maine 05-04-2008 06:26 PM

Looks great!! I want one! Brian

Irrad8 05-04-2008 06:36 PM

That is awesome!

BBQ Grail 05-04-2008 07:00 PM

Now that's a working art. Great job. Love the side burners.

swamprb 05-04-2008 08:32 PM

Thats pretty cool Jeff! Looks like my old Kenmore gasser frame. I had kind of a similar situation, I had a rustbucket Performer and couldn't justify dumping $100 into it! Used the lid for a UDS, frame for the WSM's and put legs on the bowl and now have an extra charcoal lighter.

Is that a Weber thermometer in the kettle lid?

If you want it and the gas assist PM me!

JD McGee 05-04-2008 08:38 PM

That is too farkin' cool...great mod bro!!!:-P:-P:-P

Bevo 05-04-2008 08:45 PM

Dude, I love it....It feels great to create something with your own hands....You should be very proud!!

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