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Thread: Hack-Job 26" Performer

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    Hack-Job 26" Performer

    I haven't seen any similar threads here on building a 26 performer using the 22 performer frame, so here goes:

    Parts
    26" NIB Performer off Craigslist - $150.00
    Gen 2 or 3 Performer off Craigslist - $40.00
    1/8 Steel Plate to Fab some brackets - $13.00
    4' of 1/1/2" Aluminum Bar - $18.00
    3/8" plywood for table
    Rivets, nuts and screws.

    Instructions:
    Fabricate some brackets from 1/8 plate to attach kettle to frame.
    Attach kettle to frame with brackets.
    Toss the old performer table and cut the lower frames down the middle.
    Use aluminum bar to connect lower frame supports.

    Voila, 26" performer.
    Really, I'm gonna put a decent top on it, but the plywood works in a pinch.
    Still working on the gas assist, but think I'll put it on too.




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    It sounds great, but some pics would be welcome

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    I thought I had some included....still trying to work around photobucket. I guess Google photos didn't work. Here's a try with imgur.....Better?


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    This is very interesting. Never thought of doing this. Thanks for posting.
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    Saw this link for adding gas assist. http://weberkettleclub.com/blog/2014...ng-gas-assist/ Not sure that the template process would work perfectly since the curves might be slightly different, but I'd bet with a careful approach, it could be done and done well...

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    I did something similar to this last year. I wanted to keep the charcoal bin, so I didn't add the gas assist lighting because there is not enough room with the bin in place.

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    Last edited by OGlenn; 11-02-2017 at 07:15 PM.

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    Nice job on both of these “upgrades”!!!
    tom bauer
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    You’re KILLIN’ Me! Just acquired a 22 WSM so, I need to build a carriage for that. Now you guys are tempting me with a 26 performer!? My wife will figure out a way for me to sleep in one of these things soon enough without this kind of temptation!
    I’m still brain draining on the “double smoked 18/22 WSM weather resistant workstation smoker extravaganza”, she’s going to kill me if I keep on this addiction!
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    Finally finished this thing up so I can sell it-just don't need a 26" often enough. Not near the level of quality as Oglenn's above, but I'm pretty happy with how it came out. My BIL is a very fine woodworker, but I'm a pretty sorry wood finisher.....Need to get the charcoal bin on it!





    Last edited by Ralph Meyer; 08-03-2019 at 02:51 PM.
    Gen 3 Performer, 26" Gen 2 Performer, 2001 Genesis Gold C, 18 WSM

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    Excellent work.
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