I went out this morning and went over the grill.Call Weber Customer Service with the numbers off the back of the grill. They can tell you exactly when it was made, and send you parts as needed.
Interesting I find this thread as I plan to refurbish my smoker this weekend!
Link to smoker:
At the time, I didn't consider it cheap at $200 but now that I know better, it is actually cheaply made with thin gauge steel and a low BTU rating. It lives outside all year round and I haven't been careful with it, so its developed rust in a few areas. The plan is to sand it down, grind the rusty bits to see if there's clean sheet metal below that, and then spray over the exterior with high temp Rustoleum.
From what everyone is saying, I probably shouldn't wash/degrease the interior of the smoker. Would it be sufficient to just scrape the interior and then maybe oil it and run a heat cycle through it to "cure" it?
Craig, my expectation is to budget around a grand for a good smoker in a few years like that. My vertical smoker can't do huge briskets, nor can it do "cold" smoke as would be nice for fish. I do, however, make a nice smoked fish dip with kingfish or almaco (whatever I can catch), but that fish is usually done at 200 degrees for an hour or less.
Amberjack and Almaco are so close that many newbie fishermen confuse them (been there done that), but both smoke well as the meat is a nice firm texture and stands up to grilling or smoking without flaking through the grates lol. I enjoy the occasional fishing trip out of Dania or Pompano Beach, so perhaps I'll post some fish recipes soon.I could do a beef shoulder clod in the Horizon (think brisket on steroids). However a 30 pound suckling pig won't fit. For that I'd need a Caja China. I have yet to try smoking fish in the Egg, but I do love smoked Amber Jack, which is a cousin of the almaco. I'm an avid underwater hunter and my wife and I used to do a bit of spearfishing. I couldn't begin to guess at the number of Caribbean lobster we've caught. Do you have access to Restaurant Depot?
Amberjack and Almaco are so close that many newbie fishermen confuse them (been there done that), but both smoke well as the meat is a nice firm texture and stands up to grilling or smoking without flaking through the grates lol. I enjoy the occasional fishing trip out of Dania or Pompano Beach, so perhaps I'll post some fish recipes soon.
I think I've driven by Restaurant Depot, but never stopped in. Is it open to the public or just for commercial purchases?
Just like our grocery stores, no tax on food items. Unlike our grocery stores, they don't charge tax on things like soft drinks. I don't know if your out of state equivalent to our resale cert is acceptable.
Love my Weber’s. Got two 2 22 inch grills and a Smokey Joe for camping / tailgating. I can’t tell you how old my first one is but I’ve replaced the grates several times.You can buy ten grills over the next ten years, or buy one Weber Kettle for the rest of your life. I bought my Kettle in 1995, and still use it. My Weber gas grill is a 2001 model. My grills are outside 24/7/365.
My story is not unusual.
As for cleaning, just brush out the coal dust, and scrape out any grease buildup. The grease can catch on fire and ruin your day.