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Old 10-29-2011, 07:39 PM   #1
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Default Nice retro garage sale find

Picked up this Duchess Cooker for $26 bucks, the guy wanted $25 but it was a race to see who gave him the money first! I uped it by a dollar to get it!!
I searched the net looks like they were made late 50's or early 60's.
If anyone knows more about this little grill please let me know!




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Old 10-29-2011, 07:44 PM   #2
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You found Sputnik
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:45 PM   #3
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Very cool! I've never seen one of those.
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:58 PM   #4
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Here is a very close resemblance of what you have,

http://www.ebay.ph/itm/dutchess-Cook...-/220817696065
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:53 PM   #5
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That's "Kitchy." Great score.
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:55 PM   #6
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great score. so jealous
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:19 PM   #7
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:30 PM   #8
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That thing looks awesome :) Got any shots of the inside?
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:30 PM   #9
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First thing I thought of was that reminds me of an Aluminum PK Grill.

http://www.pkgrills.com/history.php

In 1953, Lester E. Watson of Tyler, Texas, and Jasper L. Corley of Birmingham, Alabama, designed the world famous Portable Kitchen® outdoor cooker. For more than 10 years, the Portable Kitchen® cooker was made in Tyler, Texas. Later, Lewis Hamlin moved operations to Little Rock and Jacksonville, Arkansas. The cooker then gained international stature with thousands being exported worldwide to barbeque aficionados

Unfortunately, the advent of cheaper stamped metal charcoal grills and trendy gas grills of the eighties led to an early retirement of the heavy duty cast aluminum cooker, despite its superior design and manufacture.

Tired of rusted out, cheap charcoal grills, and convinced that a propane flame could never produce the flavor of charcoal-fed hickory smoke, Paul and Sarah James retrieved one of the original 1953 cookers at a garage sale.

The rest is history. Wholeheartedly believing that the Portable Kitchen® cast aluminum cooker is still the perfect charcoal cooker, the James family has set out to reintroduce it to the market.


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I have :The Dutchess Cooker” cast aluminum charcoal grill from the late 40’s, early 50’s. We affectionately call it Sputnik due to it’s funny shape. We love this grill, but need to find replacement grills for it. We have cooked on this grill for about 37 year ourselves, and his parents from the time it was new, to when we got it in the 70’s. It was mfgd by Hamlin Products, Inc in Little Rock AR, but all I can find on them is their portable kitchen. Anyone else got one of these?

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Nice Score!
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Old 10-29-2011, 09:34 PM   #11
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Doing a little more digging, these were / are sought after by people who have Airstream trailers.
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Old 10-29-2011, 10:04 PM   #12
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That thing looks awesome :) Got any shots of the inside?
The inside of the lid needs some cleaning, and the greats are not original, but this little thing is cool!

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It's definitely cool! Nice score... I bet it will cook very well.
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Old 10-29-2011, 11:03 PM   #14
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That's awesome. I love unique grills/smokers.
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Old 10-30-2011, 12:20 AM   #15
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Cool! The wheels are just like what I had on my bad ass tricycle.
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