I know you love the title to this post. ;) I tried hard to come up with a better name. But any other title would not suffice.
Here we go, people.
It’s almost spring time … which means it’s almost summer time … which means it’s almost backyard barbeque time … which means … it’s almost time for you to hang your head in embarrassment because your bbq grill or smoker is “shot”, but raise you hand if you want to fork out ANOTHER $150, $250, $350+ to buy yet ANOTHER bbq grill.
I know, right?
Owning a home means … owning a disgusting bbq grill. It’s our rite of passage. And when you own a bbq grill, it DOES become disgusting. And you DO have to replace it. Regularly.
It’s a vicious cycle.
Well. Not anymore, my friends. Not. Any. More.
I’m going to show you how to make ANY disgusting bbq grill or smoker look brand new, like this:
Would you believe we found that pristine BRAND NEW smoker on Craigslist for just $20?!
We did, however, find this disgusting looking smoker on Craigslist for just $20:
I think poor Superman thought he was being punk’d when I sent him to pick it up after his shift one morning. Either that, or he thought I was in.sane.
You know what happens when you set a bonfire inside a bbq grill/smoker? No?
I’ll tell you: all of the paint (and disgusting greasy goo) melts off leaving clean steel behind. I tell no lies. Here, take a look:
Check. That. Out.
Bare buck naked steel.
**** DISCLAIMER: Remove anything from the grill/smoker that is rubber, plastic, electrical, etc. Otherwise, those components will also burn up in the high heat inferno. Superman removed the handles, thermometer, temperature control panel, and heat element from inside the smoker before lighting it on fire. PLEASE don’t just set fire to your smoker without removing those key pieces that make it work. K, thanks. :D
Setting a bonfire doesn’t make it shine like that … Superman is a serious over achiever, so he got out his random orbital [electric] sander and lightly sanded all the edges.
So … he sanded … lightly … and sanded some more … lightly. Then he sprayed them with the hose and dried them off.
And then he set all the pieces out on buckets and broomsticks so that he could get to work … wait for it …
… SPRAY PAINTING THEM …
… with Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint.
This. stuff. is. awesome. It withstands heat up to 1,200 degrees. Fan.flipping.tastic.
And, it dries in 2 hours. That, my friends, is what you call: WINNING.
So, he SPRAY PAINTED all the pieces. Y’all try not to fall over dead from shock that we spray painted something, okay? Thanks.
Here it is now:
I'm not gonna lie, I thought it should have been free … but the previous owners were getting ready to have a baby and I wasn’t gonna cheat them out of $20 worth of diapers. Plus, the guy was articulate. And seemed to have achieved an education well beyond 8th grade, which was worth every penny of that $20. (Have you ever dealt through Craigslist? Nothing like Craigslist to make you realize just how, um, ‘educationally challenged’ the general public is.)
Do you SEE that thermometer?! Do you?! That is the same original thermometer, people. It used to look like this:
But with just a little bon fire … and a lot of TLC … it came back to us. :D
Superman even sanded the steel on the handles … and restained the wood dowels using some of the stain from when he refinished our kitchen table.
Isn’t is A-MAZ-ING what you can do with a little spray paint?
Amazing. Rustoleum should be paying me for this stuff. Don’t you think? ;)
PS – It only took 1 can of Rust-Oleum High Heat Spray Paint! (Well, not even a whole can. Maybe half.)