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Unread 06-09-2011, 09:43 PM   #1
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Default Ranch Kettle Restoration.

Ok looks like I have some work to do. Overall the grill is in pretty decent shape, but there was a pretty rusty area on one side that I have already cut out.

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Any suggestions on patching this?
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... weld in a patch.
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holy crap
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It really won't take too much doing. Just need to get a piece of steel the right thickness.
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You know how to TIG? Stick welding will blow right through that.
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I dont. My Brother in law can, but I may end up brazing it.
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Is it still under warranty...give Weber a call...
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Is it still under warranty...give Weber a call...


I certainly wish!
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Jeez, that all looks pretty thin. Good luck welding or brazing that.
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I had to go the route of 600* rated JB weld to re-inforce areas of a Red Kettle I just restored. I have ran it hard for a few hours and all the areas seem to be holding. So you may consider using it or similar to affix the patch panel in place if the metal proves to thin to weld.
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I think Tig is the way to go vs JB weld if you have the choice. Stitch welding it with a tig will keep the metal from tweaking while you weld. Maybe your Brother in law would be up for some q in exchange. Kettle metal is pretty thin, but I think it will be an easy fix for you if you can tig it. I definitely will be following this one
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Hope you get it fixed up with out any problems!
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Just dropped it off the the BIL. As it turns out he does not have a TIG setup like I thought. It's all good though he's got a flux core that he says he can do it with. He's been building cranes for 20 years welding every thickness of steel imaginable so if he says he can do it then I believe him.

He's gonna cut out a piece of 1/8" plate the size of the hole and weld it in. Then I just have to cut in the new vent holes and make some aluminum daisy wheels and I'm in bidness!
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Call Weber CS and inquire on the cost of a "damper kit" for it. I bought one a kit for the Red Kettle I restored. $5.60 for all 3 dampers and hardware with free shipping this month. I was going to make one for mine as well until I called them! Only thing is, those new dampers have a AA date code on them....and the kettle of mine is pre 79 with no date code! That will confuse the crap out of someone someday when they look at it!
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Call Weber CS and inquire on the cost of a "damper kit" for it. I bought one a kit for the Red Kettle I restored. $5.60 for all 3 dampers and hardware with free shipping this month. I was going to make one for mine as well until I called them! Only thing is, those new dampers have a AA date code on them....and the kettle of mine is pre 79 with no date code! That will confuse the crap out of someone someday when they look at it!
Haha it probably will, but the heavy steel plate on the bottom should explain things.
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