Monday, September 8, 2014

Weber Genesis Grill restore is Done!

After a few weekends and lots of scrubbing, drilling out rusted bolts and sanding, etc.. I'm really pleased with the final result.

This may not seem like much to most people but it's the first time (on something non electronic) that I tore down to the bare nuts and bolts, literally.  I learned a lot and had a blast seeing my "new" grill take shape.  My 1985 Weber grill is like new and I'm anxious for my first real cookout on it.

Enjoy the before and after:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Refurbishing an "Ol' Redhead" - Weber Genesis that is

The much older Weber grills featuring a Red Hood or lid are affectionately known amongst grilling\bbq enthusiasts as the Redhead.  I've learned a tremendous amount about grilling\bbqing in the last month or so.

Our 9 year old Charbroil, which should have only been kept or used for a few years finally gave its last flare up!  The burners have long since burned up (likely as metal mercury flavoring in my steaks, yummy) and for the last several weeks I've been "molding" burners from aluminum foil for each cookout, what a pain and waste.  So the search began for used grill to just get us by.  In my searching, researching and ad perusal I'd like to think I became educated on being a better grill consumer.  My research quickly surfaced the Weber brand to be the default must have grill.

Price points seemed high but then again so is a stove\oven, which likely gets used just as much, at least for those of us lucky enough to live in California.  Over several weeks I started searching exclusively for a used Weber and yet still they are not cheap nor easily found.  Seems just like car makers and such Weber has a strong fan-base.  Due to their similar model creation since they started back in the 70's (I think) and high availabilty of parts regardless of model year, people love to hang on to their Webers and fix them up.  For me this was a great sign and confimed my decision to attempt for a Weber purchase.   A few Craig List ads got away from me as when one does show up, it does not last and was always sold before I got a return call.  I continued to scour and crawl listings and to my delight was the first to respond on a pretty "Redhead" Weber Grill still available.  Even luckier is that it was actually still in working condition and was covered much of the time... though clearly still needs work!  We gladly gave the guy his requested $60 for this beauty and hauled it away.  Included he gave us a full propane tank along with genuine grill cover, what a deal!

Seeing as I've been without a grill now for over a week I'm really anxious to get this one cleaned up and fired up.  Thus begins the rehab.

After a couple of days or finding parts and talking to Weber I learned this grill was originally purchased between 1985-1988 and is a Weber Genesis 3 (though a manual I found declares it as a Genesis 3000 Platinum C), what excellent years those were to start with so I how can I go wrong on this one.  I've never done this kind of rebuild but it seemed like a cool thing to do, and hopefully not easy to screw up.  Since they don't make this color or wood slat style anymore, I thought it'd be a cool classic look in the yard.  After researching the current year model it looks like really small differences except for the exteriors.

Ahh a beautiful way to start my Sunday, a cold beer (or three), great sunny day and a few hand tools.

Another beer and some power washing later I'm really happy with how well this one is cleaning up.  Still some work to do with sanding, scraping more layers of 2,000 heat resistant paint, and perhaps another beer!
I completely gutted this thing down and did my best to maintain what I could to keep some costs down.  Even though these are older parts are expensive but U.S made (before Weber started facilitating production out of China) and durable.  With the new Stainless Steel parts on order I can see this grill getting another easy 10-15 years of use with proper maintenance.  Hope to be done in another week or so once the new grates and bars get here.  For now enjoy my redhead fully undressed :P

She's getting some new make-up,  ain't she puuurrty Jethro?

Brief Update on Hydro Garden

The Hydrponic garden met and then exceeded any expecations I had.  The production and quick growth of these plants was almost too much for to handle on an after work basis.  I found myself spending entire weekend afternoons gardening and prepping.

What really surprised me is how much nutrients those plants ate once they started getting fruit.  My reservoir of 22Gallons was getting depleted every 3-5 days, it was crazy.  This is a full recirculating system so no water is being wasted, and all of it is being used and consumed by these very hungry plants.

It's a little late in the season for smoe new plants and such, but I'm so enamored by the success that I am certainly going to maintain this garden through the year and likely double the production next year by adding some new varities.  This year we did and are still getting; Cucumbers, Orange Red & Green bellpeppers, about four different tomatoe varieties, Hot Chili peppers similar to a serrano but more on scovilles along a Habanero, butterleaf varieties of lettuce, Canteloupes and Basil.  We have more garden items but these were the only things in Hydro nutrient solution! Wow did they go crazy.