View Full Version : My new score with food and rebuild pron!

Smokin Turkey
09-07-2009, 08:37 PM
I scored a weber 22.5 performer on craigs last week just before the start of the Labor Day weekend. I drove over the mountain about 30 mins to go pic it up. It was all sun bleached and dirty sitting behind a new suburban house about 10 mins from PSU. I quickly gave the guy the money and loaded the grill to get it back to camp and start cooking when the guy offers me 2 full cans of lighter fluid and some kingsford that smelled like gas.

I took the stuff for starting a camp fire and ripped it back to camp!

The view on the ride back to camp. Don't worry, noone will ever come near you with lighter fluid again!

The destination for the weekend...You've got some work to do! the plan is burgers, pizza, chicken, steaks, ribs, and whatever else we can come up with!

I did some checking on friday with weber. The SN on the frame and the date on the lid vent says this is a 2001 performer. I was origionaly thinking this was a platinum. The replacement table would be $75. the missing lower rack is $19 and out of stock, and a missing coal bin for the table was $39. no thanks.. I have my own plans for it!

The first day burgers and chicken went well and really wasnt picture worthy. I needed to figure out the top vent wasnt sealing really well so things got a little hot till i figured it out both times. Call it "beer-hymers"

This is my first Kettle Pizza. It went well. I got the coals good and hot. I spaced the pizza stone off the grate a few inches, preheated the stone, sprayed it with oil, when I layed the pizza on the stone the thermal shock broke it. DAMN! Ok so I pushed the pieces all back together and cooked the pizza. It came out great but the bottom was slightly on the black side. everyone loved it!

Sunday around 1 after I had the ribs demembraned and soaking in Worcestershire, I threw them on the kettle setup for slowcooking and settled in for a nice long cook at 240ish..

A few beers and about an hour in..

a few more beers, after foiling about an hour wrapped in a towel and cooler'd. I raked the coals and let them come up for grilling the steaks.

This is the steak for the wife and I. Med-rare sirloin.

The ribs are getting the sauce set, and the WELL DONE sirloin is finished. Sorry guys. The inlaws wont eat it unless they need to chew for an hour on it.

I got back to the house and decided I needed to give the new Performer some TLC. I had a new OTS lid laying around waiting for the UDS project. I decided to take the handle off the performer lid and the plastic handle from the vent disc and put them on the OTS lid. I then trimmed down the broken table, removed the tool rack from the wrong side (it was even turned backwards) and put it right. I brushed up any rusty spots, cleaned the inside of the kettle. I touched up the rusty spots with some new gloss black and found myself with a new custom performer!
The ash pan handle was really rusted so I took it off, sanded it to bare metal, primed it with an epoxy based stuff and gloss blacked it. I finally got it all reinstalled for the last picture in the dark.

Thanks for looking!

09-07-2009, 08:48 PM
nice score Brian and great job on the refurb !!

food all looks great too ..

09-07-2009, 08:50 PM
dont forget when the mtn are blu its cold as the rockys:cool::cool:nice

09-07-2009, 09:05 PM
nice. what i havn't seen is someone making a wood table to replace the plastic one.u

Smokin Turkey
09-07-2009, 09:19 PM
nice. what i havn't seen is someone making a wood table to replace the plastic one.u

Im actually thinking of making a Stainless steel one eventually. I cant decide if i need any more table space though. If I were to do another table, it would be so I could put a smokey joe on the same frame.

Smokin Turkey
09-08-2009, 03:09 PM
Has anyone put a smokey joe in a table? I'm looking at it thinking I still will need to get access to the vent and the ashes.

09-08-2009, 10:34 PM
At least you got the beer in focus! :lol:

Smokin Turkey
09-09-2009, 08:33 AM
yeah, I realized after i took most of the pics that my new camera phone was on macro mode. Damn! I couldn't not post the pics. lol.

big brother smoke
09-09-2009, 08:47 AM
Nice project and grub, Brian!

Old Hippie
09-09-2009, 10:53 AM
I scored a weber 22.5 performer on craigs last week just before the start of the Labor Day weekend.

That be's a One-Touch Platinum, not a Performer.

09-09-2009, 07:38 PM
Like the refurb, looks like a relaxing weekend too..

Smokin Turkey
09-09-2009, 09:42 PM
That be's a One-Touch Platinum, not a Performer.
That's what i told the girl at weber but she told me to find the serial on the frame (which I tore the sticker off like a jerk doing so) and then she dated the lid, she said the lid was an 01 and the rest was mid 90's. She kept saying it's not a platinum its a performer. IDK. It's my stubby kettle with a table is what it is!

09-09-2009, 10:50 PM
Nice looking grub there and a Great score,,

09-09-2009, 11:17 PM
That is definately a Platinum. The frame and table and lower bowl anyways. Maybe they traded lids at one point. What is the date code on the lid.

Nice looking grub, cant beat a kettle.