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Title: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 16, 2017, 06:30:42 PM
Oh wow.  Not sure how to even start this one out, sorry if I ramble.  So I have had a LOT of luck finding rare kettles in the trash or just seeing them in the wild; found my D code MBH yellow in my neighborhood spray painted black on trash night, spotted a red ranger a few weeks later in my neighborhood that I unsuccessfully cold called, when I picked up my steal-of-a-deal N code dark green econokettle last week, I spotted a MBH of the same color two mobile homes down (still waiting to hear back on that).  My best friend Tom @tomtappel, and I often talk about kettles and he is always wondering how myself and my brother @Bob BQ, have all the luck in finding great deals or getting rare kettles as he is always the second or third one in line when something in St. Louis goes up on CL, OfferUp etc. 

When I spotted the red A code 26 bowl and lid in the trash on my way to work 2 weeks ago, I turned the car around and grabbed it with Tom in mind.  I didn't know it was 26 on the drive by but when I discovered that it was 26 and saw the condition (no straps, multiple holes where they should be) I thought maybe I could fix it up myself but wasn't sure.  After posting pics here, I was contacted by a number of members with very generous trade and cash offers for the bowl and lid.  I knew that Bob had the rare parts to restore the red 26 to its glory that I didn't have and he really wanted it (he let me know numerous times after I texted him the initial pictures) and that he may be able to help me get a grill for Tom, so a deal was struck.  I would be getting a blue 22" as a surprise for Tom, and a lime smokey joe for myself.  After returning home from the Chicago meetup, Bob had the blue and he even threw in a Weber Fireplace which will be a fun fall project to restore (the NIB lime SJ will be delivered tomorrow!).  I was so excited, couldn't wait to clean up the blue (didn't take too much work) and see the look on Tom's face when I gave it to him.  I was able to give the blue to Tom today, it was a great surprise and hopefully he will post pics of it and his first cook on it soon.  *Story continues after pictures*

Photo from the night @Bob BQ came over to make initial trade: L-R - My dark green econokettle, M code Blue for @tomtappel, my D code yellow and the A code red 26er in front
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M code Blue all cleaned up and ready to give to Tom.  She is wearing wood handles for my green that I borrowed from Bob until I can order a set from Brian.  I LOVE the reflection of the clouds in the lid.
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LET'S GO BLUES!!!
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Any Packers fans out there?
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All three cleaned up and one last shot before heading to Tom's
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Back to the story.  So I have been feeling VERY confident lately (especially after finding the red 26 and green econokettle within a week of each other) and I have felt like luck was on my side. Remember the red ranger mentioned earlier?  Well after turning me down, the man who owned her did let me take some pictures of her and not long after, the kettle disappeared.  My guess is that he put it away in a basement or garage after realizing he let a total stranger take pictures of his grill.  It hasn't been seen for more than 3 years.  Yesterday, riding the wave of confidence,  and knowing I was going to be giving Tom his kettle today and hoping that kettle karma is real, I typed the man a short letter, reminding him that I stopped by a few years back while taking my daughter on a walk and was hoping he had a change of heart, etc etc) and left it in his door.  I figured this was a better way to communicate than me ringing his bell and stumbling over words again.  Today, during dinner, my phone goes off and it is a number that I don't recognize.  I let it go to voicemail because it was a memorial dinner for a coworker who recently passed but as soon as I got into the car I listened to the message.  It was the guy (his name is Don King, which rules).  He said he was going to be home all day and call him back.  After psyching myself up and going over different scenarios (were there any cheap kettles on CL if he wanted to trade, how to explain to my wife an atm withdrawal should he want money, how to respond if he said "no") I called.  He picked up and I identified myself.  He said, "Well I put the pit in the backyard, you can come by whenever and get it."  Me: "Wait, what?  How much would you like for it?" -Don King: Nothing.  If it means that much to you that you try again after all this time.  You can just have it.  I don't BBQ anymore and it is just sitting there." Me: "Are you sure?  Are you serious?  Wow!  I can't thank you enough!"  Don King: "Don't worry about it, just come and get it when you get a chance."  I was able to find out that he purchased it from a long closed local hardware store called Central Hardware in the city (south St. Louis) at their going out of business sale.  He thought it was "around 50 years ago."  Needless to say when I got home, I immediately went for a walk, got my new kettle and wheeled it home. As I was wheeling it down my street my next door neighbors were driving by, slowed rolled the window and jokingly asked "How many of those do you need?!"  I just laughed and kept on going.  I can't wait to clean this bad boy up and restore it.  It is going to be a fun fall project and will definitely be on display at the St. Louis Meet Up!  It was such a great night!  This rescue only took 3 3/4s years, but MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!!!!

My new toy:
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My stoplight of grills:
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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: pbe gummi bear on July 16, 2017, 06:34:07 PM
Congrats, man. I enjoyed your story. Rangers are awesome.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: cwestsmokin on July 16, 2017, 06:36:35 PM
thats awesome, red rangers!!
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Mr.CPHo on July 16, 2017, 06:37:20 PM
Holy shit.  That is awesome, congrats.  Kettle Karma is real, y'all. 


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Kneab on July 16, 2017, 06:38:39 PM
That is awesome.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Bob BQ on July 16, 2017, 06:42:37 PM
Here's the text msg I got from @Lowbrass (no words, just the pic)... 

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I promptly shit myself. In a good way.

Unbelievable. Congrats, Tommy!


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Scott Zee on July 16, 2017, 06:43:04 PM
OMG, the ranger...  :o       AWESOME!!!!    congrats     8)
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: crumbsnatcher on July 16, 2017, 06:53:15 PM
Nice story on that ranger!  That's a lot of kettle karma.


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: tomtappel on July 16, 2017, 07:15:47 PM
Thanks again Tom. I just put the blue away to keep her away from the storm lol


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Mike in Roseville on July 16, 2017, 07:36:22 PM
Wow! Simply wow!

Congrats my friend.
Title: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Travis on July 16, 2017, 07:50:09 PM
Very nicely done. Congrats!!


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (lengthy-pic heavy)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 16, 2017, 07:53:41 PM
Thanks everyone.  It was very surreal wheeling that thing home tonight!  Pretty cool to know that I won't have to slow down anymore when passing his house to see if it is there.  Also, I bought a Powerball ticket tonight.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: inkaddictedchef1 on July 16, 2017, 08:21:01 PM
Awesome

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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Troy on July 16, 2017, 08:47:40 PM
OMG

What a great fricken story!!!
You are my hero man.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: crowderjd on July 16, 2017, 08:50:54 PM
What a great story!  Congrats, it looks to be in very good shape!
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: mhiszem on July 17, 2017, 04:48:05 AM
Wow! That is an amazing story! Luck is definitely on your side. Can't wait to see it cleaned up.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: cumminfourya on July 17, 2017, 08:23:23 AM
Awesome story, congrats on the ranger!!!


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: jeffrackmo on July 17, 2017, 09:00:19 AM
@lowbrass. OMFG!!!  Cold call n the follow up!!!  Amazing score my friend!! You will bring it to the meet up yes!?!?
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: charred on July 17, 2017, 09:04:43 AM
Great story and congrats on grabbing a grail!
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 17, 2017, 09:59:04 AM
@Lowbrass. OMFG!!!  Cold call n the follow up!!!  Amazing score my friend!! You will bring it to the meet up yes!?!?

Absolutely!
Title: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Bertman on July 17, 2017, 10:32:20 AM
That's the best combination of stories woven together I have ever heard. I think it time to create a weber karma story book to document these cosmic events! Seriously. These stories are epic and quite moving. With the pics of these amazing piece of history...it's the WKC bible.


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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 17, 2017, 10:43:19 AM
That's the best combination of stories woven together I have ever heard. I think it time to create a weber karma story book to document these cosmic events! Seriously. These stories are epic and quite moving. With the pics of these amazing piece of history...it's the WKC bible.


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Wow!  Thanks Bertman!  Very kind words!
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: mattlillis73 on July 17, 2017, 12:09:33 PM
Kettle karma is real!!! Nice score...👍

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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Hell Fire Grill on July 17, 2017, 01:25:55 PM
Thats the ultimate grill hunt right there.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Neil_VT00 on July 18, 2017, 07:52:00 AM
Congrats and great story on the Ranger!  I can't wait to see that one all cleaned up.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Cellar2ful on July 18, 2017, 08:03:39 AM

Seems like your polite and civil persistence and the respect shown to the owner was the key here. Congratulations!
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 18, 2017, 08:30:26 AM
Congrats and great story on the Ranger!  I can't wait to see that one all cleaned up.

You have no idea how much I can't wait to clean it up!  I have already started doing research into other members' restores so that I can be ready to go when I actually have time to get into this thing!  I just wish I could see the pictures on the threads!  Most have a weird photobucket message.  ???


Seems like your polite and civil persistence and the respect shown to the owner was the key here. Congratulations!

Thank you very much.  I think that the key was my letter.  It was typed and I signed the bottom. Writing the letter really let me take my time and think about what I wanted to say and how I wanted to word things.  The first time I talked to the man almost 4 years ago, I was really nervous and kind of stumbled over my words (even though I had practiced in my head about a hundred times during the walk to his house).  I don't think I presented myself in the best, most confident manner and that didn't help the initial outcome.  The letter helped me overcome those things and didn't give him a chance to dismiss me right away or make a knee-jerk decision just to get me off his porch.  I wasn't wasting his time and he had time to think about his answer.  I can share the letter if anyone wants to use it as a template.

Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Darko on July 19, 2017, 08:48:22 AM
Holy Shit!!!! That's got to be the score of the year.  Congrats, that's awesome.
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: MaxBobcat on July 19, 2017, 12:17:40 PM
very nice!  good one man
Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Darko on July 19, 2017, 04:33:38 PM
Holy Shit!!!! That's got to be the score of the year.  Congrats, that's awesome.
Ok, I've  thought  about this quite  seriously.  If you want to sell it I  can offer 1000x what you paid for the ranger. Think about it...you won't get an offer like that ever day. If you refuse, well then you might be stuck with that grill for years.

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Title: Re: Your feel good story of the day - kettle karma at its best (Red Ranger)
Post by: Lowbrass on July 19, 2017, 07:49:52 PM
Holy Shit!!!! That's got to be the score of the year.  Congrats, that's awesome.
Ok, I've  thought  about this quite  seriously.  If you want to sell it I  can offer 1000x what you paid for the ranger. Think about it...you won't get an offer like that ever day. If you refuse, well then you might be stuck with that grill for years.

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HA!  I'll be sure to keep that in mind!  I mean, it is after all, pretty awkward to store and find a cover for.  My chiropractor would want me to keep it since it is lower to the ground - I'll probably be able to put his kids through college.  Maybe I should give it up...


or not!