Custom Stainless Steel Performer – Project “Bisbee”
Custom Mod: Using a SS performer as a starting point, the concept was to create a Copper SS performer with enhanced abilities to monitor cooking temperatures.
Story: This project began with a black SS performer which was completely disassembled. The frame was then sandblasted and powder coated in gloss black. A 2014 Weber Copper bowl and lid was ordered from Weber and installed in place of the black kettle. The stainless steel surface was extended, and a wooden cutting board was installed to increase usable work area. Other mods include new black lid bale rollers, relocation of the propane starter tank to the back of the frame, installation of a powder coated wire basket for storage, painting of the Weber logo in Copper, new 8 inch steel wheels with painted copper rims and black tires, new Koa wood handles for the lid and table, and replacement of all hardware with stainless steel. The temperature in the kettle is monitored with a 700-degree thermometer installed in the lid, and via a Thermoworks TW8060 dual channel thermocouple mounted to the frame. The thermocouple has a 2,200 degree ceramic fiber probe routed into the kettle to monitor kettle temp at the cooking grate using a custom mount. A second probe can be attached to the unit with an internal probe to monitor food temperature.
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Winz, I want to install a newer kettle into a Performer frame like Bisbee’s. How did you manage to get flanges on the kettle in order to bolt down to the frame to hold the kettle?