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Re: Rust- help

Posted: Tue Feb 07, 2017 9:32 pm
by BladeRunner
slamkeys wrote:I hand-sanded the lid with a rubber sanding block and some adhesive-backed sandpaper I picked up at O'Reilly Auto. There was 80 grit and 120 grit in the assortment.

The wire wheel was a cup shape like this one I used with a portable Milwaukee 12v drill:
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I got a semi-paste paint remover. The instructions said to follow up with low-odor mineral spirits. That sound about right?

The paint on the smoke chamber lid is starting to peel near the top seam, should I take the same approach to that area before it starts to rust?

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 4:28 pm
by Txdragon
BladeRunner wrote:
slamkeys wrote:I hand-sanded the lid with a rubber sanding block and some adhesive-backed sandpaper I picked up at O'Reilly Auto. There was 80 grit and 120 grit in the assortment.

The wire wheel was a cup shape like this one I used with a portable Milwaukee 12v drill:
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I got a semi-paste paint remover. The instructions said to follow up with low-odor mineral spirits. That sound about right?

The paint on the smoke chamber lid is starting to peel near the top seam, should I take the same approach to that area before it starts to rust?



I got a whole package of these from Harbor Freight for the price of this one. 9 in the pack. I'm still on my first after 7 months of moderate use; about 3 times a week..

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:57 pm
by BladeRunner
Surely it isn't all on the pit?!
I already picked one up for $3 at lowes. I'm not sure when I'll do the work. My free weekends are usually spent cooking...

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:10 pm
by txdave
Once you get it clean and rust free, there is not much you can do to the fire box because of the high heat. It's gonna burn away anything you put on it.
The biggest culprit is letting the ashes stay in the fire box after your done cooking.
Your best bet is to clean out the ashes as soon as your done cooking and maybe apply a light coat of cooking oil. (use an old spray bottle)
Ashes are the big killer of fire boxes. Keep it clean.

txdave

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 10:30 pm
by k.a.m.
txdave wrote:Once you get it clean and rust free, there is not much you can do to the fire box because of the high heat. It's gonna burn away anything you put on it.
The biggest culprit is letting the ashes stay in the fire box after your done cooking.
Your best bet is to clean out the ashes as soon as your done cooking and maybe apply a light coat of cooking oil. (use an old spray bottle)
Ashes are the big killer of fire boxes. Keep it clean.

txdave

It will last if you white metal blast it and prime it with inorganic zinc primer then top coat with high heat paint. Once the zinc prime takes to the profile on the blasted metal the firebox will not get hot enough to burn it away. The process is not cheap but it is what works.

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 11:35 pm
by Boots
Stainless pot scrubber then rustoleum 2000 degree (from Home Despot) then tarp when not in use. Repeat as necessary.

Re: Rust- help

Posted: Mon Mar 20, 2017 10:28 pm
by BladeRunner
Can't do the blast treatment- it's a 1 yo old country pecks.
Dang thing stays covered, except when I'm cooking..
I tried the wire brush with the drill and it worked a little bit... I didn't go all out with the paint stripper yet.
I also think I probably need to get a stiffer brush to get through things a little quicker.
But I'll be cooking this weekend so it'll have to wait.