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Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 06:29 PM
I almost thought I had one of those scores of legend. Someone selling a Meadow Creek SQ 36 (retail $1500, on sale for $1100 often) for $200, must be gone today moving sale.

Only one pic posted on Facebook, I see the firebox is rusted, but itís 1/4 inch steel so I figure a good wire brush and some paint and this is a steal.

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So I ask for more pics, of the grates and inside the smoke chamber, plus the firebox.

First wasnít too bad. Had only 1 grate but also the optional charcoal pan. So far so good.

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The second. Heartbreak. Said no thanks. So sad.

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redchaserron
09-09-2019, 06:52 PM
That should buff out...:grin:

pjtexas1
09-09-2019, 06:56 PM
What would a new fb cost? That's not fixable.

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Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 07:04 PM
If it was just surface rust I was considering getting a quote to sandblast and repaint.

Hard no.

Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 07:04 PM
And did you notice the wasps nest in the firebox too?

Victory
09-09-2019, 07:27 PM
I think it would clean up ok without too major of a repair. Price is certainly right

FrankZ
09-09-2019, 07:32 PM
And did you notice the wasps nest in the firebox too?

Are wasps nests corrosive too? :grin:

HuskerMan
09-09-2019, 07:56 PM
It would be at my house by now.

Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 08:00 PM
I’m just not sure those vents will close or if the door will latch. Also it’s supposed to have a slide out fire grate and a removable ash pan. Those look rusted into pieces.

Im betting there’s some welding work to get that operational.

HuskerMan
09-09-2019, 08:14 PM
Iím just not sure those vents will close or if the door will latch. Also itís supposed to have a slide out fire grate and a removable ash pan. Those look rusted into pieces.

Im betting thereís some welding work to get that operational.

I think it would definitely take a little time, tools and metal to get good and functional again. I already have the tools and 1/4Ē so would be good.

brandenpro
09-09-2019, 08:33 PM
I’d cut that firebox off and add a new one.

Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 08:37 PM
I think it would definitely take a little time, tools and metal to get good and functional again. I already have the tools and 1/4Ē so would be good.

Iíd cut that firebox off and add a new one.

Letís be clear. This is the result of my first welding event. Reattached the handle for the firebox on my Lang.

Next idea...

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Sickboy579
09-09-2019, 09:26 PM
That 36 has a removable grate, it’s some 1” angle and 1/2” round. Probably weld one up in an hour. Those are bulletproof. If it’s not too far away, I’d go kick the tires.

sudsandswine
09-09-2019, 10:31 PM
I would say whatever is in the firebox itself is definitely toast, but it might be making the rest of the firebox look worse than it is? The firebox and door looks like surface rust, though its obviously not an insignificant amount. My .02 based on the pics....an in person visit might give better perspective.

Stlsportster
09-09-2019, 10:45 PM
Here is a higher res pic of the firebox. Also concerned about the vent on the left. And the ash pan.


https://i.imgur.com/jkL9ZGXg.png

Nuco59
09-10-2019, 05:46 AM
I'd take a shot at it- might look like hell now- but it could be fixed. How easily depends on how resourceful you are- and how motivated.

If it showed up in my drive way, I'd not be pissed off.

If you are flush on cookers and don't want a fixer upper, I could see taking a pass.

Smokey Lonesome
09-10-2019, 06:51 AM
If the firebox itself can be cleaned and is otherwise intact, perhaps contact MC to see what a new fire grate and/or ash pan would cost.

LYU370
09-10-2019, 09:04 AM
I almost thought I had one of those scores of legend. Someone selling a Meadow Creek SQ 36 (retail $1500, on sale for $1100 often) for $200, must be gone today moving sale.


Moving sale... Drive by and see if it gets left out with the trash?

Pife
09-10-2019, 09:16 AM
I live near Meadow Creek and have some of their equipment. It's well made.

I would not let the pic's scare me off...go check it out. Good luck.

northof8
09-10-2019, 01:32 PM
Buy it, contact meadow creek and tell them this is what happened after one day in the rain and if they will replace the firebox. Tell them you don't want to have to start posting the pictures around. Or see if they will just fix it to get some good PR on this site.:bow:

Seriously for that price I would go take a look and see. Looks like the ash pan, maybe the vent to replace, and see how the door will seal. The bottom may be close to rusting out, but clean out the ash and see. Other than that, it looks like some flaking off the sides which is on the top of the ash but does not look major to me for the sides of the firebox.

Mikhail
09-10-2019, 01:46 PM
I'd be concerned that there was enough left of the box to weld to.

Bill Fuentes
09-10-2019, 01:56 PM
That's just wrong! The original box with that ash tray was purdy at one time
https://www.bbq-brethren.com/forum/picture.php?albumid=1213&pictureid=12937