Rescue-Restore-Respect: Saving This Puckerbutt 1995 @WeberGrills Outrider

Whoever bought this poor grill back in 1995 (it’s an EO vent code) installed it’s legs upside down making it look very strange and making it’s footprint incredibly narrow and dangerous as it would be pretty top-heavy loaded with lit coals and meat.

History of the Smokey Joe Platinum (AKA Jumbo Joe or Outrider) – Introduced in 1990 from the Weber Kettle Club

After unsticking the rusted on bolts with pb-blaster and replacing all of the hardware with stainless bolts, sanding down the wood handle and applying three coats of teak oil, adding side vents and cleaning her up she’s looking mighty spiffy.





Stained and Spar Varnished vs Tung Oil On Untreated Wood Grill Handles

Bare Untreated Handles

Here are some photos before and after with a couple of coats of Tung Oil over the course of two days.  It couldn’t be easier to apply



These Weber Handles that had never been treated got a two part process.  Two coats of Miniwax Golden Pecan stain and then three coats of Spar Varnish.  Light scuffing with some extra fine steel wool and wiping with damp rag between coats over a couple of days time.


Two coats of Miniwax Golden Pecan stain


Three coats of Miniwax Helmsman Spar varnish.


After a couple of coats of Spar varnish they really pop with that wet look.



Overall I like the look slightly of the Spar urethane but the ease of application on the untreated handles with Tung Oil is pretty tough to resist.

I have an old wooden work bench that I covered with spar varnish and it’s holding up really well on my deck outdoors but it’s only been four months in direct sunlight.  we will report back at the end of the season.



Another reason for going with the Tung oil being that the spar varnish in the sun outdoors over time will likely crack and need to be sanded to reapply whereas the Tung oil just need a rag to wipe them down with more Tung oil when they lose a little luster.

I think if I was going to have a show kettle or piece for indoors I’d go with the Spar Varnish going forward but for ease of application the Tung oil can’t be beat.


Scroll Through @bigbosbbq Insta To See How Beautifully @weberGrills Clean Up

Grey @WeberGrills One Touch Plus Is En Route From New York

My friend Al (@Azogas) from the Weber Kettle Club acted as an agent for me in procuring this rare Grey Weber One Touch Plus.  With some parts from Foster’s Grill Store I’m going all in on a full restore.  Stay tuned.

Photos from Al-


1989 (The Year I Graduated From College) Grey @WeberGrills One-Touch Plus Has Been Secured

Fellow Northeast Weber Kettle Club friend @Azogas agreed to agent this grill for me in Upstate NY.

I’m going all in on the restore and will make it my daily driver at the dock.

She’s gorgeous don’t you think?

Very rare True Grey Upside Down L Code 1989. Look on the lid vent to determine what year your Weber Kettle was produced.  Weber Kettle Club has a chart with all the codes that can be found here

There is a little surface rust that I’m confident will come off.  needs a new triangle, wheels, handles for sure.  This will be a labor of love restoration.

Take a good look at that bowl.  I’ll make it shine with some elbow grease, steel wool and a razor scraper.

It will be a couple of weeks before Al makes the trip to Gloucester from Upstate NY but I’ll keep you all posted on the restoration.