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mike.stavlund

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My Gray Phase
« on: October 14, 2012, 11:27:52 AM »
So I left the house with the reconditioned gray 'N' in the back of the car to deliver to a friend, and I returned home with a gray 'G' (Freecycle, FTW!).  I guess I must be on some kind of roll or something. Or maybe I'm depressed. 

So I hear people talking about 'truing' a grill/smoker, or bringing it back into round, but I've not needed to do that before.  The lid is close to round, but the bowl is about 3/4" off (22 1/4" on the short diameter, and a strong 23" on the long diameter).  I gave the thing a squeeze and shifted it about 1/4", but I don't know the preferred procedure.  Do folks use bar clamps or something, or is it better to just gently muscle it?  I imagine that the stress will crack the finish at some point...

Another question:  the hanger hook for the lid is straightened out to the point that the lid barely hangs on it.  Any tips for bending it back, such that I don't just break the thing off altogether? 

This thing has been dropped an knocked over a few times, but it's in pretty good shape:



'G' stands for 'gray', and also for 1985:



Interesting mod on the ash catcher-- it appears that the former owner preferred the old twist-style ash tray and so made his own:





More signs of damage-- the handle is bent in two directions, and also shoved down into the bowl (and does anyone know where a guy can get some new wood handles? ;-):

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2012, 12:45:21 PM »
Personally I just muscle the bowl or lid into shape....I know some people are much more gentile with them but I am pretty rough with them.  I put those handles on the edge of a table and bend it back.  Or I just grab it and bend it back depending on which way it needs to go.  The welds are surprisingly strong.  You need to asses the situation but I just grab them and bend them.  As far as the handle I know a guy..... ;)

Brian

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2012, 05:24:43 PM »
I think thats an origianal ash pan. Someone else care to discusss?
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mike.stavlund

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2012, 06:32:54 PM »
I haven't seen a twist ash can for 20 years, so I'm all ears.  But I saw uneveness in the edges that looked like someone with a tin snips.  There are also those little spring clips on the legs, and I can't imagine anyone adding those if the grill came with a twist pan.

But hey, I hope I'm wrong.  I'll be happy to send this ash can to anyone looking for one, if that's the case. 

Thanks for the expertise, gentlemen!

Mike
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zavod44

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2012, 07:16:35 PM »
I was just thinking it might be factory.  I actually have a Ash pan that almost looks exactly like that.  It has the clips, so maybe.....


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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2012, 07:27:28 PM »
I would be very interested in that ash catcher for my old 26" redhead.  Does anyone know if it would fit?
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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2012, 07:32:32 PM »
No way it will fit.. That red 26 is useless without a pan, so just ship it to me and I will dispose of it for you.. Actually, the ash pan for a 26 is likely to be different.. But I have no idea for sure..
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zavod44

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2012, 07:52:13 PM »
What red head, who's got a 26 red head?

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #8 on: October 14, 2012, 08:04:03 PM »
Try reading posts other than mine.. Geez, are you stalking me? I know I am charismatic and irresistible, but cmon..
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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2012, 06:09:36 PM »
A legend in your own mind.....

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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2012, 08:10:01 PM »
I'm by biggest fan!
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Re: My Gray Phase
« Reply #11 on: October 16, 2012, 05:15:01 AM »
Interesting mod on the ash catcher-- it appears that the former owner preferred the old twist-style ash tray and so made his own:






That should be the original ash pan. Or at least a "period correct" one. Weber was still doing the twist pans in '85. This looks like the '79-'86 rolled edge style. They resemble the later full disc pans but with a twist- no pun intended  ;D. As for the clips, I have a pic of George Stephen posing with an early 80s redhead/twist pan kettle and when I zoomed in, I noticed there was a leg clip just above the twist ash pan, seems redundent, but perhaps Weber started adding clips for the later style twist pans in the early '80s? Maybe.

Craig