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Unread 06-17-2008, 09:18 PM   #31
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The Weber Kettle Appreciation Thread is off to a good start. Great stuff..

Only 1,223 posts to go and we catch up with the Ugly Drum Smoker thread....
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Unread 06-17-2008, 10:49 PM   #32
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I have 3 - 22 1/2ers now. The first is a bar b kettle which I paid $20 on CL for (EZ 1998 ). That is the one that has been used the most. The second is a OTS I got for free (DA 2001). It is a piece though. Don't know what I am going to do with it. I might donate or trade it to someone in St. Louis looking to build an UDS (I only have the lid and kettle, got rid of everything else, like I said this thing is a POS). The third one I rescued out of the trash tonight. It is a yellow bar b kettle (D 1982). Someone tried to spraypaint it black so I will need to get that off (any suggestions???). Once cleaned up, this will be my keeper. I will then use the original mentioned above to make my UDS with as I only need 1 kettle.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 04:07 AM   #33
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swamprb, how do you prep yer kettles and what paint and how does it work with high heat ?? winemaster, you sure don't look 40 !
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I mask the rust spots off and just paint the chipped ceramic areas and try to blend it in, it won't be perfect, but from a distance you can't tell. I don't know why, but it seems the Red ones get beat up more than any Black kettle I've had. The Reds shine up pretty good with fine steel wool and if you really want it to shine I buff them with Meguiars Sealer/Glaze.
Dupli-Color Engine Red is a pretty good match.
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Unread 06-18-2008, 09:59 AM   #34
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I learned on a Webber Kettle more years ago than I would like to admit

I have two 22 1/2" er's now... One dated "B" (was going to be a UDS) and the other dated "DI" (a Gold series). I bought them both new but about 25 or 30 years apart. I also had a spare lid given to me with no date code... "UDS" mod. Saved the "B" from becoming a "UDS" for now anyway.

Rescued two Smokie Joes from "Freecycle" One dated "DH" and the other is dated "DD"... "DD" is going to be used for a mini UDS. The "DH" was "NEW", well it was used 2 times... New enough for me. I use it for grilling a couple of times a week, just my wife and I, no need to fire up the 22 1/2er's after work just for a burger or steak


Not sure why I need two of each I just need more time to used them maybe
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His is a Good Solid Design and Build, unlike my Mods, which required a lot of Hacksawing, Hammering, BlackSmithing, and Swearing...
Thanks for the props. The Bride design was pretty simplistic, but the results were so good that I only use those to smoke on now. They ain't pretty but they were easy to build and work great.
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Thanks for the props. The Bride design was pretty simplistic, but the results were so good that I only use those to smoke on now. They ain't pretty but they were easy to build and work great.
I just call 'em like I see 'em..
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Unread 06-20-2008, 03:33 PM   #37
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WEBER RESCUE ALERT!

I am going tomorrow to rescue a 22.5 OTS and Smokey Joe Gold. $25 for the pair on CL. Will report back after I get them home.
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No mods on any of mine other than adding a stoker to 2 of my wsms
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I have had a 22 1/2 inch Weber Kettle non stop since 1979 when I was 19. I think I have bought a total of three during that time. I have rescued a bunch and given them to friends and family.

My favorite mod is to raise the fire grate so that it is about 3 inches under the cooking grate for steaks.

I am also really excited about my SJP with the JD McGee mod. It is a little cooking machine!!!
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Made a Smoker out of my 18 incher



No way man, That is super cool!!!
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I was never really into Weber kettles until i saw a Yellow Homer Simpson 22.5" on craigslist for $20. I thought it was one fugly grill! I posted it on the WSM board and people started responding about how rare they were, it was gone by the time I replied, but someone off the site got it. Then someone was lamenting the fact that Weber should not have discontinued the Red Kettles-sometimes these are a dime a dozen around here. So I started picking them up. I'm partial to the Reds and I've flipped a few, had a Green for about an hour and sold it and I'm rebuilding a Genesis gasser with a Blue lid to match a Master-Touch to take to my Moms house. Free to cheep is how I roll with them.



Sometimes they need a little attention and paint





Blue Master-Touch w/rotis ring



Rescued during the Winter months.
Yellow Bar-B-Kettle with no date stamp.



What to do with the stray kettle that you used the lid for a UDS???
Weber Redneck firepit!








It all tastes better on a RED Weber!
Brian I need to come visit you some day and see your BBQ stash!!!
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Unread 06-20-2008, 08:38 PM   #42
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You have a nice collection. Very impressive
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Growing up we had a kettle. Many a great meal was made on that old kettle. My dad, who passed this last month, would man that grill with an enthusiasm I had never seen as a child. I learned my chops on that old grill. He would cook BBQ chicken that was out of this world. He would oil the chicken and put them on the grill. Then he would constantly butter them and duck as the smoke would engulf the deck. As he got older he gave up on the kettle and gave it to my brother in law.

My Brother in law had to let go of my fathers weber just this last month, as rust took its toll. it was beyond saving. It served us for well over 30 years. It was replaced with, you guessed it, a weber kettle.

My Blue 22.5 was rescued about 6 years ago. I saw it sitting on the side of the road, with a missing bolt on the leg. The sign said free to good home, so in the back of my delivery truck it went. It was in perfect condition, but did fall over and dent the lid slightly. It sits in the backyard and does its duty with no muss, no fuss. Every one knows I mean business when I get out the weber.

I also have my weber genesis for those quick grills. But lets not talk about that.
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Bought my first kettle about 10 years ago after several propane(aaauuuuggghh!!!) grills burnt out(the last one was a webber that I have re-built twice). Bought a back up webber kettle( both are 22.5") last year. Also bought a smokey joe 18"(dont like it much). Cussed out my best friend for trashing a 22.5 cause the grates were shot(what a dumb a$$)
LOVE MY KETTLES!!

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Cooked a few sausages, couple a spatchcock chicks and some artichokes tonite for one of my opposing little league coaches tonite, using nothing but soaked staters hickory chips and two week old recycled charcoal out of my uds.
The Weber 22.5 is king!
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