So the kettle is home safe and sound. Just needs to be cleaned up.
Despite being only used twice, the grates are in rough shape. According to the seller, they were left in the kettle during a rain storm with the top vent open. My thinking is that the grates were not used enough to be seasoned and then when exposed to excessive moisture, rusted to high heaven. I'm not too concerned about the charcoal grate but the hinged cooking grate is pretty bad. I'll have to clean it and make a judgement on whether to buy a new grate or not.
My plan is to power wash the inside bottom of the kettle this weekend to remove the two cooks worth of ash that was never cleaned out. Other than the rusty grates and the gummed up ash, its in sharp shape. Can't wait to get her fired up!
18.5" OTS, 22.5" OTG, CB Silver(Rip), Vintage Coleman Bullet, Pit Barrel, UDS