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Old 02-08-2018, 07:58 PM   #1
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Hi everyone i just got a deal on craiglist $300 on a heavy duty 20X30 smoker 1/4 steel . it has a lot of surface rust on the fire box but not in the main chamber. wondering whats the best way to restore back. This is my first offset smoker and i think i got a deal coming from barrel pit.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:13 PM   #2
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If you know someone with a sandblaster that would be the quickest way. Other than that a wire wheel on a hand grinder and lots of time. Then a couple good coats of high temp paint.
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:21 PM   #3
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I agree and if you want to do it right sand blast it but I have bought the sponge sanding disc that work pretty well to getter done .
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Old 02-08-2018, 08:26 PM   #4
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Heavy duty wire wheel on an angle grinder then wipe off with Acetone and use Ospho metal treatment on outside and then paint.

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Old 02-08-2018, 09:01 PM   #5
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That’s an absolute steel at that price! Nice work. I would have the whole thing sandblasted (probably $100 or so) then prime and paint with Rust-Oleum high heat paint. Good luck! I’ve cleaned coolers that size by hand but it’s A LOT of work. Sandblaster would be money well spent, plus it gets the steel ready to accept the primer.
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:07 PM   #6
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it looks like a old Klose smoker by the firebox vent cut .
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Old 02-08-2018, 09:11 PM   #7
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Great buy! Please share restoration updates along the way. I vote sand blast.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:03 PM   #8
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great buy! Please share restoration updates along the way. I vote sand blast.
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Old 02-08-2018, 10:20 PM   #9
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That smoker has the John Holmes of fireboxes.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:10 PM   #10
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Flap disk or wire brush would take care of it. Looks like everything but the firebox is in pretty good shape.
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Old 02-08-2018, 11:51 PM   #11
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I think its a Klose as well, if it is the cooking grates should slide into the firebox. Great buy! Looking forward to the restoration.
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Old 02-09-2018, 12:11 AM   #12
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If sandblasting is not an option a disk like this or similar would be what I'd use.
https://www.nortonabrasives.com/en-g...ze-rapid-strip
I've used these and they make quick work out of stripping paint and rust removal while minimizing metal gouging.
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Old 02-09-2018, 08:05 AM   #13
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Thanks guys I will see what the cost to sand blast, there’s no name of company maker on it I will research klose to see
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Old 02-09-2018, 11:05 AM   #14
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If sand/media blasing isn't an option, wire brush & then sanding disks will make short work of that. Looks like a fairly easy restore. As big as that firebox is, you should be able to easily slip a good few fire bricks in there...making it super efficient. Awesome buy.
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What a steal! That's why I look about every day.
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