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Cellar2ful

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A Legacy Kettle
« on: July 18, 2017, 09:26:38 PM »

Found an add on my neighborhood social networking site Nextdoor. The add was written by a woman asking if anyone had a Weber kettle they would be willing to loan to her husband for use at a upcoming family BBQ. Funny thing was, I recognized the posting author's husband as a former coworker of mine.  I contacted him and offered him one of my Weber OTG's.  Found out he was cooking for a large family reunion and actually needed several Webers.  He borrowed two of mine and after using and returning them, brought me two other kettles he had also used and brought back from the family cabin.  He said they were not being used and I could have them and do whatever I wanted with them. One was a black OTS and the other was a blue N code OTS.  In talking with him further, I found out the blue kettle was his Father's who had recently passed away.  I told him I was happy to accept the kettles but on the condition he would take it back and use it after it was restored. He said he has a gas grill he preferred using because with the charcoal kettle, the ashes would blow all over from the little ash pan.  I explained to him I could retrofit a ash bucket onto his Dad's kettle and alleviate that issue. Hearing that, he agreed to my proposition.




  



It appeared the kettle had been dropped at some time because one of the leg sockets was pushed in to the bowl. This prevented the ash sweeps from moving.  I was able to pop the socket back out with a couple of whacks by a rubber mallet to the dent inside of the bowl.  Installed new ash sweeps, wheels, charcoal grate, cooking grate, wood handles and retrofitted a new style ash bucket.  Sanded and polished the legs, wire wheeled the triangle then primed and painted it.

My coworker is coming Thursday to pick up the kettle. Should be fun to see his reaction. 



                                                                                                                         
« Last Edit: July 19, 2017, 06:28:42 AM by Cellar2ful »
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RSHU

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2017, 09:46:20 PM »
That is awesome! I have a feeling he is gonna like that a lot! Good kettle karma coming your way...

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2017, 10:01:52 PM »
Kudos to you, Jim!
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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #3 on: July 18, 2017, 10:20:55 PM »
Awesome

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mattlillis73

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #4 on: July 18, 2017, 10:47:50 PM »
Sweet before and after. I am sure he is going to be happy.

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Travis

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #5 on: July 19, 2017, 12:28:43 AM »
Very nice gesture. You're a class act, Jim. [emoji106]


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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #6 on: July 19, 2017, 02:52:16 AM »
Awesome job Jim, I believe that he will be pleased
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Madpap

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #7 on: July 19, 2017, 03:57:25 AM »
What a great guy! Very nice gesture.


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mhiszem

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #8 on: July 19, 2017, 04:05:25 AM »
That is an amazing story and that blue looks brand new! I am sure he will be ecstatic.
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Neil_VT00

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #9 on: July 19, 2017, 05:09:57 AM »
Great story and restore.  You're certainly a class act Jim.

Hopefully your neighbor signs up and we see more of that kettle around here.

WNC

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #10 on: July 19, 2017, 05:22:18 AM »
Solid move!
The restore looks great, I'm sure he'll love it!


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Darko

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #11 on: July 19, 2017, 06:21:54 AM »
That looks fantastic. I'm sure he'll treasure that kettle for many years.  Great job Jim.

james1787

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #12 on: July 19, 2017, 06:49:50 AM »
He's gonna love it! What a nice thing to do. The kettle looks great
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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #13 on: July 19, 2017, 07:42:35 AM »
That's a great thing you did, well done!!

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Re: A Legacy Kettle
« Reply #14 on: July 19, 2017, 07:45:26 AM »
Nice!

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