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Author Topic: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening  (Read 3779 times)

SixZeroFour

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A week or so ago I came across this little beauty on eBay for a whopping $75! Originally I was happy to pay that just for the internal ash pan, but after finally receiving and opening it up this thing is actually pretty cool! I love the vintage literature and guide book.

If anyone else is interested I can post photos of the pages of the guide as its got some cool illustrations, accessories and details about the HC. Only date I could find anywhere was copyright 1981 on the cooking grate packaging...

For now here is the box opening and exploration of contents:













































I was surprised that the lid was quite heavy but that the bowl seemed on the lighter side in comparison to a Weber kettle. The leg sockets are a little rough with a decent amount of weld spatter but overall the finish is quite nice with a good amount of peel. Fun bit of BBQ history anyways!

After doing a bit of research prior to purchase I had trouble finding any info about Happy Cooker Model Numbers so here is a clip from the instruction sheet for future reference:



And typed so its searchable...

Standard Models:
HCS-1831 Black 18.5"
HCS-2231 Black 22.5"

Deluxe Models:
HC-1801 Black 18.5"
HC-2201 Black 22.5"

Deluxe Hinged Models:
HC-1881 Black 18.5"
HC-2281 Black 22.5"
HC-2284 FT Red 22.5"
HC-2285 Brown 22.5"


Hope you all had a great weekend,

Matt
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OkieGirl

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2023, 03:12:18 AM »
That's pretty cool! I had no idea the HC had so many similarities to Weber.
And I knew nothing about the internal ashpan. I have picked up a couple of old Webers, thinking there was no ashpan - only to find it buried under caked-on ash.
Maybe this is why people thought it belonged inside.
Thanks for the write-up.

ASpitzer

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2023, 05:42:10 AM »
What a great find! A real time capsule. Thanks for the photos.
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1spacemanspiff

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2023, 05:42:37 AM »
That wheel design is pretty cool
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bamakettles

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2023, 06:40:28 AM »
Wow, that's quite a piece of history right there.  Great write up and detailed pics of the unit and supporting contents. 

dazzo

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #5 on: April 17, 2023, 07:59:14 AM »
“no need to turn grill upside down”

That’s why I love my red 18” HC
Dude, relax your chicken.

SixZeroFour

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2023, 02:36:43 PM »
And I knew nothing about the internal ashpan. I have picked up a couple of old Webers, thinking there was no ashpan - only to find it buried under caked-on ash.

The HC internal ash pans are amazing! I wish Weber had picked up on the idea way back when. Now I use one every time I cook on a special kettle as it helps to keep all the mess and grease out of the lower vents. It doesn't catch 100% of the mess but reduces the amount of cleaning required significantly if you like to keep them looking nice. A nice little prize if you can snag a cheap-o HC off CL or Marketplace.

That wheel design is pretty cool



Almost looks like a little 4-spoke mag wheel! 

“no need to turn grill upside down”

That’s why I love my red 18” HC


The pan is such a smart idea, I just love using it! And that's cool you have an 18.5" - esp in red!
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1spacemanspiff

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2023, 09:33:14 PM »
Just need a thin red striped wheel insert.  (Hot Wheel Happy Cooker)
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bigjeffb

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #8 on: April 18, 2023, 04:19:41 AM »
I wish those internal ash pans were more widely available. I've  been looking for a Happy Cooker just for the opportunity to try it!
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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2023, 04:53:39 AM »
Great score and the internal ash pans are a must for daisy wheel bowl kettles.

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dazzo

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #10 on: April 18, 2023, 07:14:55 AM »

Just need a thin red striped wheel insert.  (Hot Wheel Happy Cooker)

Red Lines, wouldn’t that be cool!
Dude, relax your chicken.

1spacemanspiff

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #11 on: April 18, 2023, 08:24:49 PM »

Just need a thin red striped wheel insert.  (Hot Wheel Happy Cooker)

Red Lines, wouldn’t that be cool!

Would look awesome on your 18 HC!!!
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Mr.CPHo

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #12 on: April 19, 2023, 06:18:20 AM »
Love those Happy Cooker internal ash pans any time I’m using a vintage 18/22 three-wheeler.  I also use that heavy duty 22” HC cooking grate as a charcoal grate in my 26’er.  The bars are closer together and the handles are convenient for shaking ashes from the SNSXL.

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Re: The Happy Cooker NOS HCS-2231 Standard 22.5" Black Box Opening
« Reply #13 on: November 14, 2023, 08:00:34 PM »
Beautiful find!


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