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Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 09:20 PM
My SJS has been on it's last leg for a while now, but last night that leg gave out right in the middle of a cook. The leg punched completely through the bowl. I was able to finish smoking my brats, even with the gimped leg.

This thing was a soldier. I used it about twice a week for 8 years before I got my OTG, and I still use it sometimes for smaller cooks like a 5 pack of brats or a single steak.

It was an amazingly efficient little cooker, and some of the best Q I've ever made came off that thing. You would be amazed what I got away with on that small grate. Two racks of baby backs one day (cut in half, stacked and rotated often). 5 chicken hind-quarters the next. 4 cornish game hens. A whole chicken. Four 1/3 pound burger patties at once. 3 Ribeyes etc.

A moment of silence please.

5string
03-12-2015, 09:22 PM
So sorry for your loss, RIP Joe.

sloandsteady
03-12-2015, 09:26 PM
Respect.

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 09:26 PM
oops, forgot pics.
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Bluebyyou
03-12-2015, 09:29 PM
Sorry for your loss bud. Remember the good times man, remember the good times. :rip:

Meatguyver
03-12-2015, 09:35 PM
Spilt some beer on the curb for your homie....

pjtexas1
03-12-2015, 09:38 PM
What??? My Smokey Joe won't last forever?!?!?!

Big George's BBQ
03-12-2015, 09:39 PM
Sorry for your loss I went happy

Happy Hapgood
03-12-2015, 09:43 PM
A good run indeed. Did it have any children that can carry on the tradition?

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 09:44 PM
What??? My Smokey Joe won't last forever?!?!?!

It might, if you don't leave it out in the rain. I took good care of it for many years, but got complacent. One year exposed to the lovely Seattle weather with no cover and that's what I get.

I also used to pick it up by the legs while it was hot, which put a lot of strain on the screw that held the leg to the bowl. Had I not done that it would probably still be fine.

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 09:49 PM
A good run indeed. Did it have any children that can carry on the tradition?

Yeah, talk about bang for your buck. I got it on clearance at a drug store for $25. Used it 3 or 4 times a week the first year. Probably got my moneys worth in the first 2 months.

It's "children" are my 1 year old 22.5" OTG and it's 34 year old WSM grandfather. That WSM sat neglected in my families yard for 30+ years before I rescued it, and it still cooks great.

DerHusker
03-12-2015, 09:55 PM
:sorry: :rip:

cowgirl
03-12-2015, 09:56 PM
I think I would have to try to fix it before throwing it away. :redface:

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 10:05 PM
I think I would have to try to fix it before throwing it away. :redface:

Believe me, I considered it. But it has so many other problems like rusted grates, and a warped lid that it probably wouldn't be worth it.

The only thing is, I never cleaned it. Not once. So it has an amazing level of crusty insulation built up in it. Every time I fire it up, it smells awesome, even before I add food. Kinda like a well seasoned black iron pan where you can smell it's entire history every time you use it.

That's irreplaceable.

mchar69
03-12-2015, 10:11 PM
I use my SJ more than any other grill.
I'd consider making some kind of Performer shelf thingy before I threw mine away, no need for the legs... at least offer it for free on CL....
I don't think I'll ever part w/ mine - it was $12 through CL.
10 years ago.

rcupp
03-12-2015, 10:15 PM
Couldn't you just lean the low end up against that nice gas meter right there and keep the dream alive? Maybe prop it up on some phone books?lol

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 10:23 PM
I'm keeping the lid as a rain/wind cover for my chimney, and I'm keeping the cooking grate as a screen for smaller bits of lump charcoal in the OTG.

If anyone in Seattle has a home for the bottom bowl, it's all theirs.

Gnarlbecue
03-12-2015, 10:31 PM
Couldn't you just lean the low end up against that nice gas meter right there and keep the dream alive? Maybe prop it up on some phone books?lol

LOL, That's how I finished my cook last night. Propped it up against an iron fence for the last 1/2 hour. Kind of a fire hazard though, that's why I decided to retire it.

I could drill out the leg hole and get a washer to seal it up, or just replace the legs entirely. Part of me is looking for an excuse to get a Jumbo Joe.

dadsr4
03-12-2015, 10:42 PM
oops, forgot pics.
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Two large washers, a bolt, and a lock nut will fix that. Unless you are looking for an excuse to modernize.

mchar69
03-12-2015, 11:10 PM
Don't you feel like you are dumping a girlfriend who broke her leg?
I mean.. sheesh....
No probs leaning against the gas line...
it's Family, man!

JDM46
03-13-2015, 07:43 AM
For the loss of a leg a cooker was lost. For the loss of a cooker---( I'm sorry, I just can't go on).:sad::sad:

Jughed
03-13-2015, 08:31 AM
RIP Smokey - all Joe's demand respect. # for # and $ for $ the best grill/oven/baby smoker ever invented.

Pour one out for Smokey:

http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Pour-one-for-the-homies.jpg

Bludawg
03-13-2015, 10:11 AM
Only 8 yrs of normal usage I'd complain to Weber:-P IF the lid is in good shape you have a top for a mini UDS they fit a 15 gal drum sometime called a 120 lb grease drum like a Trogan party hat. Was that taps I heard playing out next to the garage last night??

dano
03-13-2015, 10:55 AM
The good news is, a new one won't break the bank!

dadsr4
03-13-2015, 11:07 AM
RIP Smokey - all Joe's demand respect. # for # and $ for $ the best grill/oven/baby smoker ever invented.

Pour one out for Smokey:

http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Pour-one-for-the-homies.jpg
I hope that's lite beer you're wasting.

Jughed
03-13-2015, 11:25 AM
I hope that's lite beer you're wasting.

Malt Liqua is the proper beverage to "pour one out" with...

ajstrider
03-13-2015, 03:21 PM
Duct tape.

Bludawg
03-13-2015, 04:00 PM
Nah JB weld Popsicle sticks & duct tape nothing but the best for an old friend

Gnarlbecue
03-13-2015, 07:51 PM
You guys have almost convinced me to resurrect it....

Hoss
03-13-2015, 08:17 PM
REPAIR IT!!!!! :thumb:

1buckie
03-13-2015, 08:47 PM
Aw, heck....that's just a flesh wound....it'll buff right out....

Use some fender washers & bolt it back together for another 15~20 years of stellar service !!!

This is an ancient Wood Dale kettle with rusted out leg sockets, but the logic is about the same....washers inside & some metal, depending on need, on the outside, bolt, JB weld or steel rivet back together......

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/1buckie/Cookers%202012/Cooker%20Related/Specialized%20attachments/CIMG0104_zpsc69494bc.jpg

http://i1223.photobucket.com/albums/dd520/1buckie/Cookers%202012/Cooker%20Related/Specialized%20attachments/P1000773_zpsf5d8beb8.jpg

rookiedad
03-13-2015, 09:15 PM
You guys have almost convinced me to resurrect it....

Rob Schneider "you can do it" - YouTube

KC Transplant
03-14-2015, 12:30 AM
Via con Dios Joe.

martyleach
03-14-2015, 01:07 AM
Amazing what great and inexpensive those little cookers are. I've got the Joe, Jumbo Joe and the Goanywhere. I love them like my children.....sorta. :)

rcupp
03-14-2015, 03:16 AM
Find you a flower pot to put it in with some vent windows in it and boom a ceramic cooker.