I hope this rebuild log helps someone with their rebuild or at least gives them an idea of what to expect with a used Weber from Craigslist.
I had been searching on Craigslist for a while for a Weber Kettle grill of some sort. I actually gave up and bought a Weber One Touch Gold (OTG) from Home Depot. When I got home, I sat down and thought I should look on Craigslist one last time. I stumbled across an ad for a “Weber Grill – $25”. I quickly emailed them and asked for pictures.
Photo from the CL ad:
Needless to say, I had the grill at my house within an hour. I had just bought myself a 2009 Weber Performer with Touch-N-Go Gas Assist! Ok, so the handle on the lid was pushed in, it had no front casters and no bottom rack. But it was dirt cheap. The brand new grill from Home Depot was returned.
Time to evaluate what I actually bought. I hosed it down to remove the dirt and cobwebs. It looked as though something heavy fell across the table and lid. It dented the lid, broke the table, broke the front casters and bent the frame.
The cooking grate has to go, but the charcoal grate is fine.
The center of the lid is pushed in.
What looks like peeling paint underneath the lid, isn’t. It cleans off.
Top view of the Performer.
The ash catcher had rock hard ash that was stuck to the metal.
The “Gas Assist” burner was actually in good shape.