#Bacon wrapped stuffed chicken breasts, Atomic Buffalo Turds and Corn On The Cob on the @webergrills Performer . #bbq 

Done! 

@WeberGrills EI Code Restoration Update 7/2/16

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.

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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.

@WeberGrills EI Code Performer Restoration Project Update 7/1/16

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.

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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.

Before-
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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.

After-

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Joey Ciolino Comes Through In A Big Way

It normally sucks getting to work  at 4:30AM30AM.  People tell me that I must be used to it but you know what? 99.99999999% of the time it sucks in a big way.  You never get used to a lack of sleep. 

But then you get to work and you see the beautiful silhouette of the classic @WeberGrills EI Code Stainless Steel Performer that your buddy who is a master welder dropped off after working his magic and all seems right in the world… 


Thanks Joey! 

EI Code @WeberGrills Performer Restore Update 6/29/16

While Joey Ciolino  Works his welding magic to make the frame on this classic Performer rock solid I’ve been cleaning the lid,  gas assist cover and bottom rack.

First hit the lid with some dawn and 000 steel wool.

Before and After-

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The Lid Vent Is Pretty Sweet Now-

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The Gas Assist Cover Shined Up Nice With A Scotch Brite Pad

And Lastly The Bottom Grill Rack Buffed and Cleaned

Live Smoke- Tuna Steaks On The @WeberGrills Smokey Mountain Smoker 

5:29AM 6/28/16

One of my fishermen was kind enough to donate some tuna to the cause. -A simple soy/sesame/red pepper flake marinade overnight and now they are placed on the grates to dry for an hour or two.


7:00AM

Light eight briquettes in the chimney and set up the charcoal basket in the smoker using the snake method with cherry chips and mesquite chunks.  The charcoal will slowly work its way around not having the entire basket of charcoal going at once will help keep the temps down.  We are looking to smoke around 250 degrees.

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The tuna is placed with small gaps in between so the smoke can come on up through hitting each piece of tuna.  The Maverick 732 grate probe is placed and another probe for the internal temp of the tuna.  We will look to bring the internal temp on the tuna to about 135 F.

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8:35AM

130 degrees internal temp,  Pulled the steaks off.

Done!

@WeberGrills Green EI Code Performer Restore Update 6/27/16

Got that last nut and the base is secure. Can’t figure out what this wire rod goes to but it did come in handy this morning. I placed the top part of the frame on top of the base to see how it lined up and hooked up the 5lb propane tank to try it out. First ten clicks nothing but I did smell propane. So I stuck the wire rod into the burner tube thinking maybe there was an obstruction, twirling it around a bit. After that, success!

My buddy Joey Ciolino who is a master welder picked her up to secure the top of the frame to the base.  I’m excited to see his work!

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Last night Super K and I chowed down on some Atomic Buffalo Turds made on the 2010 AD Code Performer-

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@WeberGrills Green EI Code Performer Restore Update 6/26

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Setting up to be able to work upright

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The plan-

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First need to remove the rusted off bolts that secured the Performer’s horizontal cross brace square tubes.  Sprayed them with WD-40, put a vice grip on the rusted bolt and another on the nut and with a little pressure they snapped right off, all four of them.

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A photo to remember exactly where the Gas assist tank holder goes before I disassemble it.

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For anyone that wold rather replace the bolts with more original starnuts and a bolt, the one that came on the Performer originally is 2 inches.

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As I decided to run a threaded rod all the way through the square cross-brace tube and the holes where the bolts I removed was located and then cap the rod off with an acorn nut.  Here was the hardware from Ace Hometown Hardware store, Gloucester MA.

4 acorn nuts, 8 nuts to secure the washers inside the square tube and 4 washers which were the diameter of the inside of the tube to hold it in place.

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So I get to the last nut, 8th out of 8, 7 went on flawlessly and were all adjusted to right where I wanted them on the threaded rod.  Wouldn’t you know that last nut wouldn’t go on.  So I put the vice grips to it and it wasn’t til I got about an inch on that I realized that I stripped the thread and there would be no way the acorn nut would screw on.  So back to the hardware store for a new rod and a three extra nuts (for insurance).  the rod was only $2.39 at the Building Center Gloucester MA. I needed two nuts to finish securing the bottom of the frame.  I could only get two of them on and I wasn’t about to strip another rod so I’ll have to wait til i get out of work to get a nut that fits.  The nuts must be mixed with different threads.  Driving me nuts.

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So here it is, installed.  I used one of the original washers from the Performer just before the acorn nut.  On the other side I had to cut off about an inch from the rod but now the frame is much more stable.  Hopefully I get out of work in time to grab another nut to finish off this part of the project.   Next up having my buddy Joe Ciolino tack weld the top part of the frame to the vertical supports on the bottom of the frame.

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So here she sits, uncleaned but with reattached horizontal cross tubes on the bottom of the frame (minus that one damn nut).

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