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I am replacing the burner in a gas grill that my mother gave me and noticed there was supposed to be a drip guard that covered the inlet tubes of the burner. The drip guard had completely rusted away which caused the inlet tubes to rust out right at the burner, it’s all one piece so even thought the burner looked good, it is no good because of the rusted out inlet tubes. I ordered a replacement burner but could not find the little drip guard so I made my own. I took an old cookie sheet type of baking pan that my wife was throwing away, measured the space I needed to fill over the inlet tubes, measured it all out on the pan and took some tin snips, (aviator snips), and made the drip guard. The pan was a heavier, thicker metal so I figure it should last a while. When I get the new burner, I will make adjustments to my homemade drip guard and then drill some holes for self tapping screws to secure it in place. So, if ya can’t find what ya need, sometimes you can just make what ya need.



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I had one of those 25 years ago and it seems to me there was a hole at the bottom of the grill in the middle where I had a coffee can hanging collecting the grease.
 

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I work in a lab with sheet metal fab equipment. I've seen a lot of "government job" drip guards walk outta here!

One note: since you used a coated non-stick pan make sure to have a nice hot fire without cooking food to burn off any coatings (nasty). 15 minutes should do it.

Nice job with the tin snips BTW!
 

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Thanks for the replies. It’s not a non-stick pan by the way, it was all metal with no non stick material on it anywhere. It had a little surface rust on it so my wife wanted to throw it away. I actually had it in the cabinet under the kitchen sink to be thrown out and forgot about it and had been sitting in there for a few months. When I thought of making my own guard, I remembered that the pan was still in the cabinet, thank goodness I had not thrown it out as it’s some pretty good metal and I think that it should last a while. This grill has two drip pans under the burner. Each pan has a hole in the center and hangers for a can to collect grease. Also, the burner in the picture is the old one, I put it back in there for fitting the homemade guard.
Thanks for the compliment about the tin snips, I took a sheet metal class many years ago to learn how to make duct work and I suppose I actually retained some “learnins”. Lol.
Oh yeah, my Mother told me the grill is about 20 years old also. I will post pics of the progress.


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Getting ready to freshen up the paint a bit. Wet sanded the front to get some old tape residue off. I used some “Goof Off” first but it just wasn’t doing the job so I wet sanded it all off. Also going to scrape out the inside and clean it up a bit to get ready for the new burner. Making progress.


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We had a grill similar to this (maybe the same model) when I was growing up. My dad did a similar restoration on it a few years ago and I was glad he did rather than buying a HD throwaway.
 

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Ain’t that the truth, take care of something at it will last you many years.

Here is the first coat of satin black, ran out of paint, got some more and will finish it up tomorrow. The temperature gauge was coming apart so I cleaned it up a little and glued it all back together with some “waterproof” Loctite gel glue. I will see how long it stays together and may have to replace it later. Tomorrow I will scrape out the inside and vacuum it all out again, hopefully will be grilling this weekend.



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Got the new burner today and funny thing, it came with the drip guard/shield!!! It wasn’t in the listing when I ordered the burner, but oh well, bonus prize!!!
Sprayed a second coat of satin black and getting ready to put it all together.



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It lives again!!!! Spent the day finishing up the grill and cooked some burgers!!! Maybe I will get a few more years out of this old grill. Keep em burnin!!!


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Nice job! Re-purpose and re-use...So many companies nowadays-do NOT make replacement parts for the very thing you just did.....


Bah-humbug to these people....:Disgus::Disgus:
BTW--have you tried those copper grill mates for the grates? Saves a lot of clean up and flare ups...
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The stick is a piece of hickory for some smokey flavor, lol. Thanks for all the positive responses, really means a lot to me to hear other people appreciate my efforts in keeping something around and making it useful again. My Mom didn't know the burner needed replacing and was sorry that I had to spend money on the grill to get it useful again but I told her, hey don't worry about it burners rust out and can be replaced. She was really happy with the results of my efforts as well. Now it's all good to go. I do need to get a nice cover for it and I will also look for those grill mats. Thanks for the tip!!! Now, get grillin'!!!

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Nice job!!!! And 2 thumbs up to YOU for fixing instead of junking and replacing!!!! I'll share my replacement burner story. I went to K-Mart and found the part I needed on the shelf. I needed the "big" burner which was next to the "small" burner. The small one was something like $28 and the big one was listed at $3.29 That is not a typo, the big burner was 1/8th the cost of the little one. I instantly realized it was a misplaced decimal point and when I went to check out, I brought it to the attention of the cashier, who called over the manager. I didn't want to steal it at such a reduced price (it is the way my mom raised us). Nope, nothing I said made a difference, I bought it for $3.29 shaking my head as I left the store. I got another 10 years out of mine.
 

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Hey, I remember having one like that, many grill ago. Cast aluminum top. Green if I remember.

Great job in restoring it.

Seems that mine had a brickett grate under the food grate that had those artificial briquettes to stop flare-ups.
 

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I once had a grill that used the lava rocks. This one doesn't have the lava rocks, burner and tent shield above the burner. That's it.
I've been using the grill now at least once a week since fixing it. It works as it should and cooks really well and pretty evenly. The rotary igniter fell apart last week so I just use a long lighter when lighting the burner. I have found a replacement so, I'll have it back to normal soon. Thanks to all for all the kind words. Happy Grillin'!!!

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Someone asked what the stick was for. It's a piece of hickory for some smokey flavor.


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