Ok. As I wrote in the Cattle call thread I received my Imperial Kamado from my folks a few years ago. They bought it from a relative of ours in the mid/late 80’s who was importing goods from Japan at the time. The pot was in heavy use for the first 15 years, but after my parents moved to a ground level flat/apartment it was hardly used at all.
It’s been subject to harsh weather conditions here in Finland. Big changes in temperature, cold winters, warm summers, lots of rain etc. Most of the time it’s been covered by some sort of BBQ cover, but that hasn’t protected the metal parts from rust. Nor the colors from fading from the bright green/black to a blueish gray.
Made by the good folk at Kinuurayaki Pottery
The first thing I did with it was replace the support wires around the firebox and ring to hold them intact. The old wires had rusted away. Firebox was in five pieces and the ring in two and I didn’t know what to use to repair them. So I just used wire for the time being.
The wagon was in terrible shape too. I scraped the rust off with a steel brush and spray painted it a black.
The original grate had shattered a long time ago. My old man replaced it with a stainless steel disc with holes drilled to it. That’s worked fine and I even have a spare.
Some time later I decided to properly fix the cracked firebox and ring. Found a fireplace sealant from Bison from my local hardware store. Stands temperatures up to 1250 degrees Celsius (2282 degrees Fahrenheit).
After that it was time to restore some of the metal accessories and parts. I used a rust remover product from CRC.
Worked ok. It didn't get the most stubborn rust out but the rest I tried scrubbing off with a steel brush.
Here's some before and after shots:
Ye olde damper toppe
After rust removal
Right now I'm in the process of painting the dome and base (and the ceramic damper top). Gonna make it red with black surface texture.
Here's a sample of the original color found under the draft door.
And here's what it looks like now. Before the black surface texture.
Will add pics and text as the job progresses. It's slow due to child-caring-responsibilities. We had twins last December
Then there's the 4 year old too... Sigh..