I got an old 18 inch ash catcher ring that I guess had been hanging in the back warehouse at Fosters Grill Store for a decade or so. Weber stopped selling 18 inch kettles with the pot style enclosed ash catchers a long while ago and now ships them with the dish style ash catchers.
Next I pilfered the ash catcher pot off the beat up green One touch Premium that I found on a walk with the lovely Katelyn which will fit the ash catcher that I bought in the warehouse at Fosters.
Put them together and snapped it into place on the Sam Adams One-Touch Silver to turn it into a One-Touch Gold.
Here she is when I got started cleaning her up. structurally perfect but covered in dust and a dirty bowl with some caked on charcoal remnants.
She also came with a highly sought after laser cut Sam Adams logo grill grate which I stored away to keep pristine. it had never been cooked on.
So I soaked the ash catcher pot and went to work on the bowl and lid which both came out spotless.
Next added the wood handles that master woodworker David Calvo made for me-
One of each of the following that can be found at any self respecting Hardware Store. This one was Ace Hardware at Gloucester Crossing.
1-1/4 Diameter 1/4-20 Female thread general purpose ball knob.
1/4-20 1 inch hex bolt.stainless
1/4 lock washer stainless
1/4-20 nut stainless
1/4 inch drill bit. Go slow. Once drilled feed the bolt through the drilled lid vent tab, then slide the lock washer and next the nut. Tighten and then screw the ball knob on. Done.
The ash catcher assembly had a bit of a droop in the back so one of my fishermen had some shark fishing stainless steel 175lb leader wire so we snugged it up tight.
I may invest in a dremel tool with a buffer attachment and hit the ash catcher with some polish. Anyone have a recommendation for a certain type brand? Sears had some sets for sale.
She’s pretty secure now.
What a nice surprise when I got to the dock this morning.
4:30AM and Joey Ciolino dropped off the frame, put together.
He used brackets and I think these are called sheet metal screws to firm it up and then he spray painted over them with black. I had to really look to even notice because it blended in. To A Weber Grillfella it would be obvious if you were focusing your attention at the base of the grill but I don’t think 99% of the population would think it was anything but standard. Its really solid with the threaded rod and the brackets.
Next to get cleaning, a combination of scotchbrite pads, steel wool, water, dishwashing detergent and elbow grease.
Lots of surface dirt and stains. Most came out.
I think I’ll pick up a bristled brush to scrub the grey plastic handles. The little grooves are tough to get into to clean.
Last night it was brussel sprouts, mushroom and onion skewers and ribeyes on the 2009 Weber Performer Deluxe.
Decided to swap out the standard Weber grates for the cast iron ones on the STOK. Worked out well using the STOK veggie basket insert to grill the brussell sprouts which were lightly coated in evoo , Atlantic Saltworks Salt and crushed black pepper.
First to scrape ‘er down with the razor blade
She was in pretty decent shape to begin with but the blacks were faded, there was cobwebs and the bowl, lid and ash pan were all encrusted in crud.
After a good scrape with the razor and scrub with the extra fine steel wool-
Next to clean all the black trim including legs, wire grate shelf on the bottom and charcoal basket and then apply Back To Black to restore the original deep black luster.
All the aluminum was scrubbed with the extra fine steel wool as well. I didn’t spend any time on the thermostatic table as it will be replaced with a newer metal style Performer table when it arrives.
Fired up the gas assist to light a chimney of charcoal. It was nice to not have to use paper or lighter cubes to get the chimney going. Just placed it on top of the gas assist tube filled up the chimney and let it light the coals. After about three minutes the gas assist was turned off and the chimney dud the rest of the work. Dumped the chimney into the Weber charcoal baskets and put them in the center.
The grates that came with the Performer were already in decent shape but I gave them a quick scrub and oiled them down with Peanut oil before placing the rubbed chicken tenderloins offset the coal baskets around the perimeter of the bowl. Placed a small chunk of mesquite in the center for smoke.
When they hit 165 internal they got pulled off to eat.
Waiting for the new style metal table to be delivered tomorrow and handle from Brian😀
Between this 2008 Weber One Touch Gold and the Smokey Joe Silver I cooked at least 6 times a week all spring/summer/fall of 2015. They were both long overdue for a thorough cleaning and restoration. The good thing about Weber kettles is that their finish is so durable, even the worst crud build up and nastiest looking grills can be restored with a little elbow grease and a few inexpensive supplies.
Following the guides from The Weber Kettle Club I picked up a cheap razor scraper that came with 10 extra razor blades and some extra fine #0000 steel wool. A small flathead screwdriver helped get bits of gunk out of some tiny tough spots.