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swamprb

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**Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« on: April 25, 2016, 07:05:21 PM »
I didn't intend to get attached to it, but it kinda grew on me!



This was an $8 craigslist find, I only got it for the ash pan, but was convinced to give it a good RRR.





I scrapped the rusted legs and axel rack and replaced them with a set off a 22" Weber. They are @ 1" shorter in length and the originals. Salvaged the original wheels.





Bowl and lid interiors cleaned up and in good shape



Lid bail, bracket and holder cloesup



Ash pan



Heavy duty porcelain coated cook grate



Stainless Steel daisy wheel vents top and bottom





Thanks for looking!
I cook on: Backwoods Gater, Lang 36, Hunsaker Smokers, Pellet Pro 22" WSM, BGE's, WSM's, Cajun Bandits, PK Grills, Drum Smokers, Genesis Silver C, Weber Q's, Cookshack 008, Little Chief, La Caja China #2, Lodge Sportsman...oh yeah! Weber Kettles! Kamado restoration and pit modification hack!

brewtownbeatdown

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2016, 07:20:33 PM »
Glad you've become attached.  She cleaned up grate.  Man, I'm gonna need to get one now[emoji6]
Obviously looking for a Glen Blue (who isnít?😂).

Looking for anything Happy Cooker, including any re-branded as Montgomery Ward.  Iíve amassed a nice collection, but Iím missing a few still.  Let me know if you can help a fella out🤞

addicted-to-smoke

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2016, 07:21:02 PM »
Such good ideas on that model. Wish Weber had copied a few.
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glrasmussen

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2016, 07:36:41 PM »
Nicely done! Now polish the legs! 8)

swamprb

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2016, 07:55:56 PM »
Nicely done! Now polish the legs! 8)

The one thing I don't care for is how wobbly the legs are with the open sockets and nuts and bolts to secure them. I put some thin steel spacers to tighten them up, but they need more.

I'm even considering putting Cajun Bandit legs on it...... ;)
I cook on: Backwoods Gater, Lang 36, Hunsaker Smokers, Pellet Pro 22" WSM, BGE's, WSM's, Cajun Bandits, PK Grills, Drum Smokers, Genesis Silver C, Weber Q's, Cookshack 008, Little Chief, La Caja China #2, Lodge Sportsman...oh yeah! Weber Kettles! Kamado restoration and pit modification hack!

SmokenJoe

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2016, 10:04:34 PM »
@swampb,  It's great to see that you did go pick up that HC brownie after all.   The cleanUP looks really great  ...  much better than my HC blackie.   They do seem to grow on you, don't they :)                       SJ
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firedude5015

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #6 on: April 26, 2016, 04:13:31 AM »
Very Nice

Craig

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #7 on: April 26, 2016, 04:34:47 AM »
Super nice cleanup! I forgot that the inside of the bowl and lid is the same color as the outside. I love the color. It reminds me of the self cleaning one from this 80s HC ad..


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Shoestringshop

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #8 on: April 26, 2016, 04:35:43 AM »
Glad you've become attached.  She cleaned up grate.  Man, I'm gonna need to get one now[emoji6]

What he said and... Me too ;D now I want one
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Idahawk

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2016, 06:42:51 AM »
 I'm glad to see you kept it and cleaned it up !  It's interesting that these brown hinged lid models are also brown on the inside ? Just another HC mystery


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MikeRocksTheRed

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #10 on: April 26, 2016, 12:26:40 PM »
Just as cool as webers in my opinion.  That sucker cleaned up nice!!!!!
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zavod44

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #11 on: May 03, 2016, 09:53:44 AM »
They have some slick features

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Idahawk

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Re: **Brown Happy Cooker Restoration**
« Reply #12 on: May 03, 2016, 05:25:57 PM »
I want one of those gas kettles from the ad !  Great job again Swamp !


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