I found this sad old BBQ at the side of the road waiting for inorganic collection, so I knocked on the door and asked if I could have it, They said it didn't work and I was welcome to it.
They even helped me load it in the back of the car.
I figured if it was totally knackered at least it would yield a few spares
Step 1: Got It Home
As you can see it is a little dilapidated, the wheels have rusted out making it difficult to move and the burners don't turn on, also it is very dirty with a couple of years worth of rancid grease on it but otherwise it is solid. My car, on the other hand needs a strong air freshener!!!
Step 2: Let's See What Is Wrong With It!
I propped it up on some bricks and connected a gas bottle to see if it would work, It has 6 burners plus a wok burner but only one will turn on so I'll fix that first.
I have got a 9 litre gas bottle but the big one was handy and I was too idle to fish the small one out.
You know what they say "Go big or go home!"
Step 3: Fixing the Burner Knobs
Took off the burner knobs and gave them a spray with CRC (WD40) then turned using a pair of mole grips (vice grips)
They all turn now and have an automatic ignition spark so thats all good
Step 4: Leaks and Rusty Bits
A couple of the main burners had rust holes and didn't give a good flame, fortunately I had a couple of decent spares from my firepit build, it pays not to throw everything away!
Changed them out and have a nice flame on all the burners
Step 5: Sorting Out the Wheels
As I said at the beginning 2 of the wheels were rusted out and one was missing so I'll remedy that.
I have this little platform that I found while rummaging through a skip - seemed too good to leave and ideal as a base
Step 6: The Base
I have some wheels that I took off of the bottom of a discarded wardrobe (again from a skip/inorganic collection) so I attached them to the bottom of the platform, I had to nail in 4 small pieces of 4x2 to give sufficient size to screw them on
Step 7: We Are Mobile and Level Again
I lifted and centred it on the platform/base, it is a little oversize but that ensures it is unlikely to fall off.
I may put a front and back retaining piece of wood later.
Step 8: Cleaning Up
The Stainless Steel parts had a few marks on them so I rubbed them down with a stainless steel soap filled pad (like a brillo pad, I also used this to clean up the inside (soot etc)
Step 9: Rust Removal
Although the paint I am using (Hammerite smooth) says it can be applied directly over rust I prefer to remove as much as I can using a belt sander on all the mild steel body parts.
I then degreased the whole thing using wetwipes, allowed it to dry and then painted.
While it was drying I cleaned all the other parts like the inner grilles and trays ready to put back in.
Step 10: The Rotisserie
The BBQ has a battery driven rotisserie, naturally this didn't work as the batteries had been in there for ever and had corroded the contacts, so I dismantled and cleaned up, Inserted new batteries, and gave it a spray with CRC and the little monkey worked!
Reassembled ready to rock and roll (or rotate actually!)
Might paint it yet
Step 11: All Painted and Reassembled
Ready for a couple of years more service, and all for nothing.
(I suppose it cost me about $10 in paint)
Looking around on the various websites these retail at about $1000, (for the latest model, I'm guessing this one is about 10 years old)
Just need to buy a cover for it and store it away somewhere out of the weather
I will oil the grill plates with some olive oil to keep them rust free over winter
Now anyone for a barbequed sausage?
I am entering the Before and After Contest and I guess this will qualify for the Fire Contest too.(except I missed it by a couple of days!!)
Any votes would be greatly appreciated