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LightningBoldtz

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Pimping my $40 WSM
« on: July 09, 2016, 02:24:36 PM »
So a few weeks back I posted this awesome deal
http://weberkettleclub.com/forums/weber-kettles-accessories/sunday-afternoon-100-miles-2-5-hours-and-80-bucks-later/



Ever since I have been slowly modifying it.

It didn't come with a charcoal grate so I decided to fab on with a charcoal grate from an 18 kettle that I had and some expanded steel.

Weber version of this is $32 shipped, I spent about $6 in hardware.





Also threw on these wheels, although I am going to mod this more and to put the wheels out further because this it is a little top heavy, more on that when I am finished.



I have smoked on this once and the door leaked like crazy so I added some nomex gasket, not a purdy job but is should seal a lot better.





Finally I completed it with a thermo.



This has been a fun project and the fact that I paid $40 makes it easy to justify the mods.

One other mod, I was thinking of adding these handles to the mid section but I bought some different ones.

« Last Edit: July 09, 2016, 02:28:41 PM by LightningBoldtz »
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Big Dawg

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2016, 03:18:22 PM »
Looks like the little Bullet found a great home.





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swamprb

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #2 on: July 09, 2016, 10:59:47 PM »
These should fit the grate bolts without any drilling.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-Garage-Door-Lift-Handle-5020A11/202088362

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LightningBoldtz

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2016, 03:08:54 AM »
These should fit the grate bolts without any drilling.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt-Garage-Door-Lift-Handle-5020A11/202088362



Cool I like that idea even better, thanks
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LightningBoldtz

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #4 on: July 10, 2016, 02:54:36 PM »
Thanks for the tip @swamprb I bought a set today, couldn't be happier.  now to the legs and building a slightly wider base so this is less top heavy.
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SmokenJoe

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #5 on: July 10, 2016, 10:07:14 PM »
@LightningBoldtz   As I recall, one of the members retro-fit his earlier WSM with a pair of current "wider" legs (incl the heat shield).  Lost my files in a PC Crash so you'll have to do a  search. :(
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crowderjd

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #6 on: July 11, 2016, 10:44:49 AM »
I love it...two questions that might help me with a project I need to finish...what gauge expanded steel is that, and what kind of washers etc did you use to attach the expanded steel to the grate?  Thanks!
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LightningBoldtz

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #7 on: July 11, 2016, 06:01:02 PM »
I believe it is 9 gauge 3/4 inch flat expanded steel from Grainger. About 16 bux for a 2 x 2 sheet.

Washers are zinc coated 1 1/2 inch with a 3/8 inch hole.

I am not sure if this is necessary but I soaked the bolts, washers, and nuts in vinegar and lemon juice to dissolve the zinc coating off them.  It worked great. 
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crowderjd

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Re: Pimping my $40 WSM
« Reply #8 on: July 12, 2016, 03:30:05 AM »
Thanks!!
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