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    2003 Greentop Performer restore

    This is my first post to the forum, and I just dowloaded all the photos taken to date since acquiring the grill last week. Cleaning went well overall, although I still haven't been able to completely get rid of the brown stain on the top. I have been unable to light it with its own propane tank as it is bone dry, and local propane outfits won't fill it due to date-2005. The previous owner gave me all his charcoal, tools and lighter fluid so I imagine he had been using that method for quite some time. The grates cleaned up pretty good, but of course don't look new and a new one would complete the job. Any other ideas/recommendations would be welcomed!
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    Looking good.
    Brown stain -try Sams Club cleaner? Barkeepers Friend? Baking soda and vinegar?
    Use any with a Scotchbrite pan, going with the direction of the grain only.
    Do NOT use any type of steel wool, no matter how fine of grade.

    Tank -call around. Avoid the tank swap places. You need to find the actual
    filling depots. They can recertify, and fill the tank for you. It took me some
    calling around, but I finally found a place that will do both for about $12
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    Looks good. If this is a heat stain I would try baking soda and vinegar and 0000 steel wool. And scrub with the grain. SS scratches easily.
    Blue Genesis Platinum, Green Performer, Crimson One-Touch Premium, Fuchsia Q1200, 22" Kettle and a waiting for restoration.

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    I've owned a couple of Gen 1 performers and have done the following for the propane tanks:

    1) Purchased a new Manchester 5 lb propane tank and changed out the fitting on the existing regulator to accept a new QCC1 fitting




    2) Added a tank scale from a Weber Genesis and fitted a 20 lb tank:

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/YVjgwWAmovwusPD76

    I still have the old 5 lb propane tanks, I'd love to find a local propane place that would recertify the old ones (just haven't had the time).
    Q200, 1999 Performer; 2009 22" 2008 18" , Copper Premium 22"; 1992 Genesis 2

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    Thanks-that looks like a brilliantly simple solution, and less complicated than what I got done, although at around $15 I can't complain. That solution looks even more cost effective! Thanks-and go Bruins JKim!

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    My later model performer used the little one pound disposable tanks and I got tired of replacing them so frequently so I bought a adaptor hose which was designed for converting Q grills to take a 20# tank. It's now on its third year on the original 20# tank and still about half full. I don't move the performer much so the big tank just sits next to it.
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    Very nice job on this restore, lots good advise on how to clean the top and deal with the tank.
    I love the older SS models if I was to do s mod it would be to raise it up a few inches to like counter top height less bending over.

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    Thanks guys, I gotta get that ss top done now but am torn between advise on 0000 vs scotchgard pad=perhaps latter with vinegar and water safer. Final clean on grates and then leave burner option to new owner possibly. I would never go those small tanks due to cost, as I have already converted my own to use 20's too. Should probably get a new grate though for appeal

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    Use the scotch brite pad the steel wool and vinegar do not mix well plus the wool and acid will impart rust, another level of clean up. Scotch brite work with the grain, then rinse and coat with synthetic wax.

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    Wax-got it! Thanks Kevin. Got some barkeepers friend last night to use on it as recommended.
    Also got a call back from a local Suburban Propane dealer-they do do recertification -cost is $15 with a 5 year guarantee only, fillip another $3.99. Think I'm gonna leave that decision up to a new owner, and will present options. I've already decided to go the 20 lb route myself, makes more sense.
    Finishing it up by weekend-also managed to pick up a Bluetop A for $35-always wanted one to match my Performer!
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