Just picked up this redhead

Jim Owen

TVWBB Member
It is in way better shape than I thought it would be. All the wood is in excellent condition, it has nearly new stainless steel flavorizer bars and burners.It says it is LP only (which I want), but it has a long hose with a quick connect. It is from a guy who moved and the real estate agent was there. She said there was no NG available at the house so I guess it must be set up for LP. Why would someone set uGoing to clean it up and refinish the wood. I am not flipping it, but will use it for myself. I think its a Genesis 2. I really like the redheads with the wood working spaces.

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It looks like its all there. The warmer rack is super rusty, and it came with enamel covered sheat metal grates that don't look great, but seems like a great deal for $15 and a short drive. The frame looks like it is in great shape as well, the metal holding the wood together needs rehab, but is still servicable.
 

Rich Dahl

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Winner winner chicken dinner! You got a great deal for $15, clean that puppy up and get some grillin goin.
 

G Schafer

TVWBB Super Fan
That's a beauty! Looks like it has the older style igniter button. Does anyone know when they changed to the newer style?
I'd guess around 1990?
Gerry
 

Jim Owen

TVWBB Member
What do people use for the finish on the wood for these. I would like to bring them down to bare wood and then use spar varnish, but will heat be too much for it especially the handle? All of the original wood is in good condition, but I don't like the red stain. I like wood grain to be apparent.
 

Bruce

TVWBB 1-Star Olympian
Several people have used Spar Urethane and I haven't seen any reports of it failing due to heat.
I agree, I like the natural wood grain as well.
 

Jim Owen

TVWBB Member
Slowly working on my redhead. I know the large tray is unobtainium except for from donor grills, what do people do to refresh them. There is light surface rust here and there on mine. Do people use rust restorer and high heat paint or just clean them up as good as possible? Have to start sanding all the wood slats and handle next. I'm also missing the crossbar and plastic bit on the end of the rod that connects to the crossbar to hold up the folding table. Thinking about fabricating something.
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Samuel Sandoval

TVWBB Fan
Not sure about the proper technique of restoring the grease tray. but yours does not to seem to be in to bad of shape. Try an all purpose cleaner on it and see how that does. I plan on using Super Clean on mine.
 

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Jim Owen

TVWBB Member
A little more progress. From what the slats looked like, after sanding and then one wet coat of spar urethane. He original grease catch pan looks awfully good for being over 30 years old. It is surprisingly heavy. What do you guys think about the slats. Should I stick with these or go new cedar. I like having the original wood, but it shows it's age.1020201905.jpg1020201904a.jpg1020202023.jpg1020202023a.jpg1020201904.jpg
 

Ed Pinnell

TVWBB All-Star
What do you guys think about the slats. Should I stick with these or go new cedar. I like having the original wood, but it shows it's age.
Aren't we all (showing our age)?

I think the original wood has character, but new wood pops. It's hard to go wrong with those two choices, so it's your personal preference. My vote is for the original wood because I like a grill with history.
 

Jim Owen

TVWBB Member
Aren't we all (showing our age)?

I think the original wood has character, but new wood pops. It's hard to go wrong with those two choices, so it's your personal preference. My vote is for the original wood because I like a grill with history.
I'm leaning towards keeping as much of the original as I can. If not why have an old grill besides of course they are better than new ones.
 

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