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    My second Weber restoration - Genesis 2000 Redhead

    Since I caught the Weber bug I've had a standing search on Craig's List for free Weber grills. This one popped up yesterday and I'm going to pick it up tomorrow. Apologies for the low resolution pic, I forgot to download a high resolution pic from the Craig's List ad. I'd appreciate any comments on what I have here. I think it's a Genesis 2000. Maybe mid-'90s. I'm hoping the slats are real wood as I will try to restore them.

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    Yah, that is probably an early to mid 90's grill and that is real wood and it is a 2000. Likely they will need replacing however. But that isn't a big deal, many have done that on here with some really awesome results. But that looks like an excellent rehab candidate.
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    Mikey B, I have the same exact grill that I am currently working on. I plan to try and add a side burner and turn it into a 3000. The wood looks very questionable as Bruce mentioned. Mine was the same way. I replaced it with red cedar. The slats could have been saved, but I didn't want to take the time and effort to do so.
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    Yah, I just pulled apart a 2000 and found the frame to be in really tough shape so it is on the curb. All the wood on it was still in good shape and probably easily salvaged except that some of it had some pretty nasty dark stains on it that I doubt would come out. So, I will probably have to buy some new stuff and find another frame.
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    I disassembled the grill on the PO's deck this afternoon, took me about an hour and ten minutes working deliberately and carrying the pieces around the PO's house to my vehicle. The frame is pretty solid other than at the frame connectors which are rotted out and repaired with L brackets. This is my first Genesis grill with "real wood" and by the look of it the wood wasn't that great when it was new with knots and defects etc. Obviously not worth the effort to save so it will be replaced with clear red cedar.

    One positive surprise was the crossbar on the frame next to the firebox was in really good shape and when I tilted the frame the firebox slid right off the firebox bolt. Weird.

    The flavorizer bars were not the correct bars for this firebox. No matter as I will be installing new stainless bars and cooking grates.

    So a question for the experts if I may. I want to refinish the lid without repainting. I was thinking of trying some super fine cutting paste to polish the existing finish. What do you think?








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    Mikey,
    Glad to have you on board TVWBB!

    The Genesis hood is made of porcelain coated steel, like a classic bathtub or sink, so it cleans up accordingly. It is very tough, but not bullet proof. Most of us would go with Simple Green and 0000 steel wool (not something more coarse). Most of the time if you are patient, one or two cleanings with that will produce amazing results. However, I - and others here - have also used rubbing compound very effectively.

    Looks like you have a really nice candidate for restoration, and since you are willing to spend on quality replacement parts where it counts, I think you will have a winner, long-term grill you will enjoy for years to come. Way better built and much classier than some fake stainless Master Forgery, Nexttorust, Charwhatever big box throw away grill!

    Keep us posted with pictures. We all love seeing progress as it unfolds.
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    Yah, don't paint the lid, this is what you wind up with:

    You can see where I scraped the black paint off with a razor blade. Do what Jon suggested and clean it up with a good cleaner and some #0000 steel wool. You will be amazed at how nice it will come out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon Tofte View Post
    Mikey,
    Glad to have you on board TVWBB!

    The Genesis hood is made of porcelain coated steel, like a classic bathtub or sink, so it cleans up accordingly. It is very tough, but not bullet proof. Most of us would go with Simple Green and 0000 steel wool (not something more coarse). Most of the time if you are patient, one or two cleanings with that will produce amazing results. However, I - and others here - have also used rubbing compound very effectively.

    Looks like you have a really nice candidate for restoration, and since you are willing to spend on quality replacement parts where it counts, I think you will have a winner, long-term grill you will enjoy for years to come. Way better built and much classier than some fake stainless Master Forgery, Nexttorust, Charwhatever big box throw away grill!

    Keep us posted with pictures. We all love seeing progress as it unfolds.
    Thanks for the advice on the #0000 steel wool.

    I'm just far enough into my Weber grill infatuation I'm wondering if there's a market for restoration and upgrade parts? I expect I'm not the first person to think about that but it would be nice to be able to buy a set of red cedar slats ready to install, for example.

    I'm sure I'm overthinking this as usual.

    However, where do you get a replacement wood handle for the lid? Or does everyone fabricate their own?

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mikey B. View Post
    However, where do you get a replacement wood handle for the lid? Or does everyone fabricate their own?
    There is no where that I know of to buy replacement slats or handles.
    Cutting and replacing slats is the common practice and you do normally end up
    with a much better grade of wood than what was originally there. As for the
    handle, most folks try their best to reuse the original. You can find posts here
    that show you how to make a new one, however it is somewhat time consuming,
    and I would say slightly about basic wood working skills or possibly needing a
    couple of took the average guy does not already have in his garage.
    From the pic you posted, yours appears to be weathered, but should be a good
    one to restore.
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    Dave is spot on, I've done several with handles like that, and while the slats were not savable the handles just needed sanding and some refinishing. Good luck on your restore. you'll have a beautiful grill.
    Last edited by BobW; 08-27-2019 at 04:15 AM.

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