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Old 07-06-2011, 09:58 PM   #1
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Default My Weber Kettle Restoration

Hi everyone, this is Joe, Harbormaster's oldest son. I'm talking, he's typing, and this is my kettle that my dad got me on Craig's List for my thirteenth birthday. It's an 18.5" Weber Bar-B-Q-Kettle with an 'N' date stamp which makes it a 19 year old grill.
This past weekend, we found time to work on it.

We sanded off all of the gunk on the handles and brushed them with Teak Oil. We managed to save the original Weber logo too.

I took the bottom vents off and scrubbed them with steel wool. Then my dad bent the vents back to the original shape and straightened out the tabs. We reattached the vents with some bolts that were laying in his junk drawer and some homemade jam nuts.

Here's a pic of the inside of the grill all clean and shiny.

Here's how it looks all scrubbed clean. Dad used some pieces of conduit to make the legs so they don't wobble. He reshaped the ash catcher and straightened the lip of the lid too. I think it had been dropped a few times.

Tonight we cooked potatoes on my grill and brats on dad's OTG.

My potatoes

And the brats

Here's supper ready to be served

It was hot and sweaty work, but worth it because I got to spend the day with my dad.

Thanks for looking.

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Old 07-06-2011, 10:00 PM   #2
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Very nice work, on the kettle and the food!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:04 PM   #3
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Kettle looks great considering the age! Food does too!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:05 PM   #4
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Way to Go!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:08 PM   #5
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Good job Joe and Dad. Kettle looks great!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:12 PM   #6
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Nice work Joe. Both on the restoration and the food.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:24 PM   #7
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Nice work!
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:28 PM   #8
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The Kettle looks like brand new, great job! The food looks excellent too.

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Old 07-06-2011, 10:34 PM   #9
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Fantastic job on the restoration and the food...Brats are a weakness of mine I admit ....and what a great way to spend time together.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:43 PM   #10
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Very nice indeed! Great job bringing that baby back to life.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:49 PM   #11
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My son is 35 and we are cooking a comp. together next weekend. Nice job on the kettle and the food. Hope you enjoyed the rehab job and the cook, I know you're Dad did.
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Old 07-06-2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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Very nice looking Weber
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:04 PM   #13
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Wow, fantastic job. That 19 year old grill looks brand new. Great looking food too.
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Old 07-06-2011, 11:12 PM   #14
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Sweet little grill!! Nice work gentlemen!! What are you gonna cook next Joe!?
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Awesome score Joe!
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