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Midnight Smoke 11-05-2010 06:54 PM

Kamado Restoration Project
 
Found this at a yard sale. Not sure if it is an Imperial Kamado or what. Cannot find any markings on it. The Firebox and grate are in pieces and I have started the restoration. It has Rotisserie rod slots that look original as they have metal sleeves embedded into the material.

There was a glass window that is broken out, I will replace it with something metal and put the Temp Gauge through it.

Not sure what the original color was, under the intake slider there is actual some blue. It only has one hinge, a cast iron griddle that I assume is for Indirect. The Fire Ring has grooves in it that have bailing wire wrapped around, it does not appear to be cracked.

There is a crack in the base on the bottom, I could not see it when I 1st looked at from all the ash. It looks like someone used mortar around the top of the Firebox, it just crumbled.

Then there was the RAT

I just wanted to post some Pic's and have a few questions of someone that is an expert in restoration.

I am using JB weld for the cracks, Okay?

Any ideas how old it is?

Any advice?

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...Picture032.jpg


http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...Picture068.jpg
http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture042-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture075-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture002-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture012-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture016-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture018-2.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...Picture029.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...Picture023.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...cture074-1.jpg

http://i85.photobucket.com/albums/k6...Picture037.jpg

$10.00

BRBBQ 11-05-2010 06:57 PM

$10 seems like a good buy, they threw the rat in for free:smash:

milehigh 11-05-2010 06:59 PM

SUPERSCORE!!!!
I really like the rotis feature!
Swamp should know what model you have there.
Never seen one with a window either

Paul

sitnfat 11-05-2010 07:00 PM

Native American Bubba Keg maybe ?????

smokindorf 11-05-2010 07:08 PM

Great score for a sawbuck!

bluetang 11-05-2010 07:08 PM

I'm a bit green with envy here!. Nice score and cool project. I do not have any of those types of smokers but I do have a heat treating furnace that runs 2000* tops and 1875* dang regular. I use an Axner patch for any cracking. EZ to work with.
http://www.axner.com/search.aspx?find=axner+patch

5-0 BBQ 11-05-2010 07:15 PM

Good Score.

landarc 11-05-2010 09:40 PM

Nice score, but, that rat looks a little past it's pull date, I suggest you pass on it.

Crazy Harry 11-05-2010 09:52 PM

looks good $10 score

Bacon_99 11-05-2010 10:08 PM

Wow - $10 - best score I've seen. Wish I could find this stuff up here - best score I could get would be a gasser..lol After seeing some sweet threads of people rebuilding and refinishing these you'll be all set - it'll look like new and you'll be cooking on a cooker worth much more than $10 in the end...

swamprb 11-05-2010 10:50 PM

Keep it out of the rain!

The ones I usually find come with spiders, the RAT is a score!

Midnight Smoke 11-05-2010 11:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by swamprb (Post 1450574)
Keep it out of the rain!

The ones I usually find come with spiders, the RAT is a score!

Thanks Brian,

I know you are the resident expert so I appreciate your help.

Out of the rain? Does the material absorb moisture? Good thing I live in the Desert.

Is it an Imperial Kamado and how old do you think it may be?

What about painting the exterior, good idea? If so I was planning on cleaning it well and using a good primer, is Hi-Temp paint necessary?

It does not appear to have a gasket, I have an extra one for my Egg that I plan on installing, it is the felt type. I think it will be fine as I have read not to do Hi Temp cooking with it.

Thanks for any advice!

Gowan 11-06-2010 12:28 AM

That's an odd one. By profile it looks like an IK but I've never seen a viewing window on any ceramic before. It will be interesting to see if anyone can positively ID this old clay pot.

Midnight Smoke 11-06-2010 11:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by CivilWarBBQ (Post 1450628)
That's an odd one. By profile it looks like an IK but I've never seen a viewing window on any ceramic before. It will be interesting to see if anyone can positively ID this old clay pot.

Me too. I am thinking it may be an older design that was rethought after someone realized that you could not view anything after the first smoke or two. :doh:

swamprb 11-06-2010 12:10 PM

Terry-

Go to the Naked Whiz site and download the Pachinko Palace Kamado Manual/Cookbook.

I have seen some with viewing windows and rectangular thermometers in the dome. I think Woodmonkey has one like yours with a rotisserie. He is in Florida, and I've met people at Eggfests here tell me of ones their dads brought back from Japan that had rotisseries too.

PM me and I can give you some tips.


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