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    Anyone need parts for an SS Performer?

    I'm doing a cleanout of my old shed and found some remains from an SS Performer. Specifically: the charcoal bin (no holes, solid but dusty), the plate that covers the tank/valve (with the lighting instructions), a couple of the utensil hooks, the regulator/hose and two NIB swivel casters. I also...
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    Smoke wood question

    Good to know. I do a lot of pork, not so much lamb. I know it also tends to burn pretty hot, so might be better for grilling than smoking.
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    Smoke wood question

    So, I have a couple of dogwood trees that need to come down (both were killed by pine trees that sprouted up nearby and strangled the roots). I'm wondering if it might make good smoke wood. I've never heard of anything being "dogwood smoked", but I suspect it might improve the bark on my pulled...
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    First cook with Thermoworks Smoke X and Billows

    I've got the alarms silenced, but just the beep that sounds when you power on the Smoke X or press any of the buttons is loud enough to wake the dead (or at least the neighbor's kid). I haven't found a way to disable that entirely.
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    First cook with Thermoworks Smoke X and Billows

    Well, as it turns out, the Billows was so quiet because it wasn't actually running. I cheaped out and didn't get the "bundle" that included the AC adapter (since I've got a half dozen other power adapters). Turns out it really needs 12V, and even the highest high-power adapter I have only puts...
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    First cook with Thermoworks Smoke X and Billows

    I've been using a Maverick ET-732 and PartyQ (2nd gen) for years and while they've worked OK, I couldn't resist a recent sale on the Smoke X. I'm doing my first cook with it today (I have not done a "dry run" although I know I should have): two 10.5# butts. So far, I've noticed two things: The...
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    Performer SS castors - NIB

    I bought these for a beat up redhead that I was going to restore. The frame was too far gone, so I have no use for them. They're $8 each new on Amazon. I'll take $10 via PayPal for the pair, US shipping included.
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Well, the one I ordered was the standard (17.5" diameter) grate for "modern" Jumbo Joes, so I shipped it on back and bit the bullet on the Killa Grilla one. It's not cheap, but it sounds like it'll hold up as well as the rest of the kettle. I'm kind of hoping it arrives in time to try some...
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    I was basing it on the fact that it's made for the Jumbo Joe Platinum, the bowl of which looks identical to this one. It makes sense that Weber would have reused the same part and just drilled different holes as needed for the particular model. Also, the language in the listing is a...
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Actually, I found this after just a little digging. For $35, I'll bite, although I'm sure that beefy stainless grate would last much longer. This will be an experiment/exercise for me on how to make the grate last longer. I'm just super lazy when it comes to cleaning up the grates on my kettles...
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Thanks for finding that. $70 isn't that bad a price given the custom nature, but $25 shipping kills the deal. I got the kettle for free, and put $30 of parts into it. The lady of the house would kill me for dropping another $100 on it. :(
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Well, they used it as an ashtray for who knows how long before kicking it to the curb. The dampers were rusted up pretty tight, but as you can see, despite the questionable life choices made on its behalf, it cleaned up pretty nice. The handles are white oak, ordered from Etsy...
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Actually, looking at the Age Guide (http://weberkettleclub.com/determine-age-of-old-grill/), this guy appears to have been made sometime between 1982 and 2000. I'll have to take a closer look at the lid damper to see if there's any kind of marking on it.
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    I'm not 100% sure it's a "collectible" vintage. There don't seem to be any markings to indicate the age/year of manufacture, but based on the design, I suspect it's late 90s-ish? However, I totally understand that drilling through it is probably not a great (or grate?) idea. I have a couple...
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    Proper grate for an 18" Bar-b-kettle?

    Thanks, Tim. I did try that, and I can see it would work, but the grate didn't seem too stable. I think I'm going to drill and mount some L brackets so the hold the grate right at the level of the indent. Or, just let it ride. I think this is going to replace my JJ (along with the Cajun Bandit...

 

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