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Refurbishing an Oklahoma Joe classic...HELP

 
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 10 6:10 am    Post subject: Refurbishing an Oklahoma Joe classic...HELP Reply with quote

Yesterday I scored an Oklahoma Joe 16" locally off craigslist. She's alittle beatup And has some DEEP pitted rust issues mostly on exterior bottom of cooking chamber and firebox. The rod used to adjust dampner is brokn off and the shelf is damaged. That is really not an issue as i have a mig but my concern is the deep pitting. The price was right but i would really like to clean it up good before paint. I started attacking it with sandpaper, wirewheel on a grinder and finally 120 grit on a little air grinder. Its not cutn the mustard... Any Sugestions? [img]......Iwill post pics as soon as i figure out how Rolling Eyes [/img]
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 10 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posting pictures tutorial.
http://www.thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4096
Yep, pics would help.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 10 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry pics arent the greatest I will post better pics of the bad areas



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 10 1:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knotted wire wheel on the grinder and a bottle of naval jelly. or get it sandblasted.
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PostPosted: Sat Feb 27 10 1:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ouch!!!
Can't tell how deep the pits are, but if it is light weight metal, you may have to roll and weld a piece to fit. Looks like the previous owner left ashes in there and they got wet. (Not Good for metal). I hate to show you the one I have outside to fix (AKA rebuild). No bottom at all, completely gone.
Words of advise, If you fix it, make sure you clean the ashes out before they get wet.
I hope you ain't got too much $$ in it.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28 10 2:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I attacked it with wire wheel on grinder and 120 on a DA. it quickly removed the scale rust but revealed the pitting that is not able to be reached unless I grind it out somehow. its actually pretty solid, just the lower half of firebox on outside is pitted.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28 10 2:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its completely constructed of 1/4'' structual pipe and plate. There seems to be enough "meat" to work with? If not Maybee I can use some sort of rust inhibitor?
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28 10 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Naval jelly will help but to do a really good job if you are going to fix her up and keep her, sandblasting is the way to go, they do it with dried corn, nutshells etc. it will really show you what you have to work with and save you a lot of work.
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 28 10 6:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you at least called around to your local sand basting companies and get a few quotes?
Might not be as bad as you think. Work with them a little... cash plus BBQ might be do-able.
Cant get metal much cleaner after its been blasted.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01 10 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im in it for 150$ so far. He threw in a manual and a can of rustolium high heat LOL.It needs new handles and I was gonna "spring" for some spring handles.....is this thing on?....please tip ur waitress Ill be here all week Laughing I am on a buget and have the tools to strip it down and to paint,just gonna cost me alittle more elbo grease. To me spending money on paint will save me money not havn to paint again in 2 years?
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01 10 6:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

keeper of the plains, if you have a weed burner you can apply some direct heat to the opposite side of the pitted area, have about a 3lb hammer handy and as you heat the areas tap on them. The heat alone will relieve a lot of the pit rust, and wear safety goggles the rust will give up sometimes rather abruptly.
Here is a link to a 20'' OK Joe I re-habbed for my son-in-law.
It has all new handles and a few extras, you might get some ideas.
http://thesmokering.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=31210
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 01 10 6:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very helpful k.a.m. THX great work! Someone already installed a diverter plate. but opening is still very large.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13 10 6:25 am    Post subject: Oklahoma joe refurb pics Reply with quote

had to weld in new damper latch bolt,
damper adjust rod and finish
sanding/stripping rust






installed a threaded plug for
meat probe


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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13 10 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet man lookin good i bet its going to look better then new are you going to do any mods?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13 10 6:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

someone already installed a baffle in it.
really dont know, i havn't cooked on
it yet. Was trying to c if anyone had used
a difuser plate in their offset, and if so if they
liked it? spring handles are on the way.
made some brass bearings for the wheels and
I got hooked up w some stainless 3/8 for the inside of handles.
I spent about 3 hours strippn rust off that muther
Ill post more pics soon
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13 10 6:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just seen the diffuser post I built one for my longhorn I wish I had pics but I took her to the lake. it really evened out my temps
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 13 10 9:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

you could also use a needle scaler if you only want to clean certain areas
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25 10 4:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cleaned up, repaired and painted



Hard to tell, but that shelf was caved in and that expanded metal had to be straitend and re tacked



Gave the insides a good coat of bacon grease and burnt er in.




will be breakn it in this weekend. Will post pics of cooks
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25 10 5:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh yeah, that's beautiful keeper of the plains
I enjoyed following your refurb. Now let's see some groceries on that bad boy. Wink
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 25 10 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have one exactly like that one. I did the same thing. I got some parts like grates, convection plate and a charcoal basket from Horizon smokers. The only complaint I have with mine in the door on the fire box is really thim toward the bottom form rust. I do not get a good seal around the door. I paid $50 dollars for mine.
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