2018 Done, 2019 Getting Started

Dave in KC

TVWBB All-Star
If you remember, I posted a few grills before the holidays that I was trying to
move. I ended up selling one with the maroon lid, and the blue sidewinder.
The maroon was local, but the blue 320 went to Iowa. Infact the maroon
was the only local sale I had for the whole month. I did send out a cart frame
to Florida to John, and a lid and firebox to Drew that are members here. Can't
wait to see the end results of both. Also, I managed to send a Sidekick to a
guy from Mexico, and Smokey Joe made its way to Minnesota.

86 total sales for the year. 31 Assorted Weber Gassers, 22 WSM's, a whole
lot of kettles and a few other odds and ends. 100 was totally doable, but the
early winter weather really brought things to a screeching halt.

Therefore I am locked and loaded for 2019. I carried over 14 various Genesis
grills, 15 kettles and Performers, and 3 WSM's. Better than 2/3 of these are
in sellable condition now. 5 of the Gennies are simply in a holding patern. I
may end up using 1 or 2 as parts grills, and I am refraining on doing anything
with any of them until I sell some of the others, and exhaust all of my other work.

I have absolutely no desire to buy anything else at this time, unless it is simply
to good of a deal to ignore. That happened today. 3 times. LOL

I now have 2 more WSM's and a 310 with front controls. My wife said she may
hide my cellphone. :)

100 or bust this year.

What are your goals for the year?
 

THyde

TVWBB All-Star
My goal is to put oil based spar on my dang wood slats and Grill! Also I would like to branch out from chicken and pork on the rotisserie.

Good luck getting to 100!

Slainte,

Tim
 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
If you remember, I posted a few grills before the holidays that I was trying to
move. I ended up selling one with the maroon lid, and the blue sidewinder.
The maroon was local, but the blue 320 went to Iowa. Infact the maroon
was the only local sale I had for the whole month. I did send out a cart frame
to Florida to John, and a lid and firebox to Drew that are members here. Can't
wait to see the end results of both. Also, I managed to send a Sidekick to a
guy from Mexico, and Smokey Joe made its way to Minnesota.

86 total sales for the year. 31 Assorted Weber Gassers, 22 WSM's, a whole
lot of kettles and a few other odds and ends. 100 was totally doable, but the
early winter weather really brought things to a screeching halt.

Therefore I am locked and loaded for 2019. I carried over 14 various Genesis
grills, 15 kettles and Performers, and 3 WSM's. Better than 2/3 of these are
in sellable condition now. 5 of the Gennies are simply in a holding patern. I
may end up using 1 or 2 as parts grills, and I am refraining on doing anything
with any of them until I sell some of the others, and exhaust all of my other work.

I have absolutely no desire to buy anything else at this time, unless it is simply
to good of a deal to ignore. That happened today. 3 times. LOL

I now have 2 more WSM's and a 310 with front controls. My wife said she may
hide my cellphone. :)

100 or bust this year.

What are your goals for the year?
Very impressive Dave. Great job.
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Yah, Dave, I didn't realize you were so active in flipping grills. WOW.

Are you taking those grills all the way to bare aluminum inside the cook box?
 

Dave in KC

TVWBB All-Star
Are you taking those grills all the way to bare aluminum inside the cook box?
No. Only about half of the older models. (900's, 1000's and Silvers)
This is still very much a learning process, but doing the cookbox takes
a helluva lot of time and work. That greatly increases what I need to
charge and some people just don't want to spend the extra money, and
simply don't care. Replacing flavorizers, damaged grates and burners,
igniters, and wheels is always a MUST. I always repaint the frames and
repair any rusted areas. A sparlking lid clean enough to eat off of nomally
seals the deal. I have never had both at the same time before until recently
but now that I have, most choose the grill that has not had the firebox
cleaned. Two people told me they thought the grill was supposed to be black
inside. LOL

I have never done the box on any of the 300's. I never have any trouble selling them.
However, I will not sell a kettle or smoker that hasn't been fully cleaned, scrubbed and
deluxed.
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Dave, I have been toying with the idea of just doing a good scrub down with some oven cleaner or some other good cleaner and trying to sell a few that way instead of doing a complete strip down. Like you said, that is the hard part and really only lasts a few cooks anyways. But, I do know customers are surprised to see 15 year old grills that clean.

Maybe do a couple like grills and have one partially cleaned and one fully cleaned and price them accordingly and see how they sell. I could probably knock of about $50 for the partially cleaned inside cookbox and save a lot of time and grime in the process. Maybe get several more grills done in a summer that way.
 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
I am in the same boat. Although I just started this "hobby" this year and only did about 10 grills I did full restoration on all. And cook box clean out down to the metal and lid clean out so it is shiny inside really takes a lot of time. Plus it is a messy job. I am not sure I really want to continue that route.
 

Brian B Atlanta

TVWBB Wizard
On the Silver C I am just going to spray the box down with the Krud Cutter which I like been using it on the C and 1100 then just use the angle grinder to remove the loose stuff and be done with it. I am only on my 3rd grill so not much of an expert but I do think getting the inside of the lid to a mirror finish is worthwhile.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Hall of Fame
Dave,
You have to be our record holder! That’s some awesome amount of work. I agree with some of you and Bruce’s conversation, too. Maybe I could score some quicker flips if I identify some candidates for the light makeover concept. I do agree, too, that for selling Kettles taking the time to thoroughly clean the porcelain inside and out is what can set you apart from the incredibly lame offerings you see, some with used up charcoal still rotting inside! :p At least that, although messy, doesn’t require a grinder and door and metal debris all over the place.:eek:
 

Dave in KC

TVWBB All-Star
Something I neglected to mention is the thrill of the hunt itself.
Men are natural born hunters. The adrenalin rush you get when you
spot a holy grail, or something someone is just tossing away for pennies
is hard to beat.
 

TonyS T-Bone

TVWBB Fan
Agreed. Even when the fish ain't hungry, it will pounce on the bait should you present it in just the right way. Trigger set -Then WHAM!

Last thing on my mind was a winter rehab but a friend on this board called and said she spotted a curbside G-Gold, sent me a pic, and it called my name ("T-Bone....T-Bone...."). So I immediately said yes. WHAM.

The firebox is slightly warped and has a small crack but I don't think finding a donor box will be hard. The rest in good shape!
 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
The firebox is slightly warped and has a small crack but I don't think finding a donor box will be hard. The rest in good shape!
If the serial number is still readable try to register the grill. If you can successfully register it call Weber for a new firebox. Back then they had 25 year warranty on all the cast aluminum parts. I did this with Genesis Platinum I bought a few weeks ago.
 

Jason in CA

TVWBB All-Star
"86 total sales for the year. 31 Assorted Weber Gassers, 22 WSM's, a whole
lot of kettles and a few other odds and ends. 100 was totally doable,"

Holly Molly, That's about two grill's per week. So, what is it you do in your free time?
 

Dave in KC

TVWBB All-Star
LOL!! I actually have a legitimate full-time job that takes up about 50 hours
of my week. I guess what I really don't do much is sleep. It is quite common
for me to be up at 2 or 3AM. Posting here, searching online for grills, replying to ads,
ordering parts, or out in the garage tinkering on the latest project. I also dedicate
about an hour per night during the week, and a few hours each day on the weekend.
I also don't sit around watching tv like I did for years and years.
 

Stefan H

TVWBB Wizard
LOL!! I actually have a legitimate full-time job that takes up about 50 hours
of my week. I guess what I really don't do much is sleep. It is quite common
for me to be up at 2 or 3AM. Posting here, searching online for grills, replying to ads,
ordering parts, or out in the garage tinkering on the latest project. I also dedicate
about an hour per night during the week, and a few hours each day on the weekend.
I also don't sit around watching tv like I did for years and years.
Dave how do you actually clean the kettles? I have been using razor blade scrapers in the gassers but here the surfaces are flat. What is the most effective way to clean a round kettle? I want to clean my old one and sell since I no longer use it.
 

Jon Tofte

TVWBB Hall of Fame
Something I neglected to mention is the thrill of the hunt itself.
Men are natural born hunters. The adrenalin rush you get when you
spot a holy grail, or something someone is just tossing away for pennies
is hard to beat.
I am with you on that, Dave. That's what can really get me in trouble on the home front. I am trying hard to come up with a "final line" on my personal collection and then stick to credible flip opportunities. There are just so many cool and interesting grills, that I have a hard time not getting lured back to the addiction- "just one more..."
 

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