Tim: I agree, for the price, they are DEFINITELY not worth it. The holes have no function. I think maybe they were used by Weber when hanging them to coat them with the porcelain.
Weber actually made some of their drip pans out of aluminum. It would work better than regular steel for sure, but it would have to be a bit thicker than steel. That is going to drive the price up as well.
Here is a Silver B that I just did and it has an Aluminum pan in it. I still have the grill if you need any other pictures, but it is essentially identical to the black porcelain coated steel ones aside from being made of aluminum.
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Thanks Bruce, I'll take the photos and measurements to my friend and see what he thinks. Then go from there. They have a CNC cutter and do some really sophisticated industrial stuff. Might not be worth his time, but we'll see.Tim, I Have a bunch of trays I could send you. Let me know if you take it to the next step and need a prototype to work off of.
I agree 100%. I just posted to give an example of what is out there and size.Joe, that link is better. But I see some serious flaws. First, those are simply painted carbon steel. I would not expect them to last all that long. Second, they are nearly $100 with shipping. If the guy made them out of stainless, he would have something there, but I still think the price is too high to be able to sell too many..
Regarding Tim's comment. I don't think they "look" all that bad. Besides, it is not a showcase piece like a side table or lid end cap. For something like that, I would just want something functional. But, like I said, I don't think they are going to meet the durability test.
I have been pondering the steam table pan for awhile too. Could be a cob job one could be proud of. If the dimensions of the old OEM tray are 19-5/8 x 13-3/4, I think it could be made to work? Depth can vary, but the restaurant pans are 20.75 x 12.75. Think there is enough overlap/excess to cut away and slide into the rails while still catching the grease?
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I think that the easiest solution may be fabricating brackets that are wider to accommodate part # 99250 that is still available. The overall size is smaller, but I believe still large enough to cover the opening of the older genesis firebox. I think we all know who could make such a bracket.I like this idea. One thing to consider is the grease pooling up in a flatter surface. What is the thickest gauge steam table pan?