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  • JPGators17
    Charter Member
    • Jan 2015
    • 449
    • Orlando, FL

    Stumps Restoration Progress

    I've posted about this before asking for advice, but figured I'd add a progress post for anyone interested.

    I picked up a Classic Stumps gravity fed smoker a month or so ago and have been working to bring her back to life. It has been one of the more daunting projects I've ever taken on. At several points I've worried that what I thought was a good deal might actually be money thrown out the window. I'm still not certain it's not, but at this point I'm optimistic that it will turn out alright.

    I have done a poor job with my picture documentation, but here's what I've captured so far:

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    Apart from the pervasive rust, the biggest problem I uncovered when I fired it up was the top shoot door. The gasket was trashed and it was leaking a ton of heat.

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    Like I said, the rust was much more wide spread than I realized going into this. That's what I get for internet (craigslist) shopping right?!

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    Inside the cabinet door, rust galore!

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    Another reason I had to order a new shoot door, the upper part (goose neck) part of the latch was broken off.

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    Here's the trashed shoot door gasket.

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    I soaked all 5 grates in vinegar and baking soda... repeatedly. Just cleaning the grates took me over a week.

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    As you can imagine, I've dirtied a few rags in this process.

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    I stripped off all the hardware, wheels included, and sanded, sanded, sanded, stripped, stripped, treated heavy rust, sanded...

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    There was a lot more sanding after this, but I didn't take pictures. I stripped it down a lot, but probably still could have done a lot more, but I decided I wasn't interested in making it look brand new. I want it to look ok, but mostly i want it to COOK.

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    After a truck load of elbow grease, I got the racks and chamber cleaned out and re-seasoned too.

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    Last edited by JPGators17; April 3, 2019, 02:33 PM.
  • NapMaster
    Club Member
    • Jan 2019
    • 589
    • Denham Springs, LA
    • WebberSummitGold6burnerLP, ShotGunSmoker

      Avid Armor Vacuum Sealer

    Nice progress! In the end, I'm sure you will be happy.


    • HawkerXP
      Club Member
      • Jul 2016
      • 5332
      • Northern Virginia
      • 2 Weber Performers, 1 kettle, 1 Smoky Joe and a PBC
        Dot and Chef Alarm with probes
        Slo n Sear
        Cold beer

      Its coming along! You certainly picked a project but when its all done just think of all the meat that will hold!


      • JPGators17
        JPGators17 commented
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        That's all that keeps me going!
    • JGo37
      Club Member
      • Apr 2018
      • 1520
      • the LOU
      • Cookers:

        22" Blackstone Griddle, with stand & hood
        CharGriller Portable Firebox - so modified you'll BLOL
        Kitchenaid #810 Charcoal Grill - highly modified
        Weber BI-code Black Performer w/Igniter
        Weber DE-code Red Limited - 'Lucille'


        Ancient heavy CI Propane Turkey Fryer, for lighting chimneys
        BBQ Dragon kettle shelves - 2
        Fyre Dragon Kettle Drippin' Ring, Burnin' Cone & Drippin' Pan - 2 sets
        Fyre Dragon Kettle Ribbin' Ring
        Fyre Dragon Kettle 2-Zone Smokin' Sheet
        OneGrill Rotisserie for the Kitchenaid
        Smoking Tubes: 2x12" & 1x6"
        Weber Gourmet Grill w/Griddle, Pizza Stone & Wok

        My Helpers:

        Anova 900W Sous Vide Cooker w/Radios
        Instant Pot 6Q Duo
        Nesco Tabletop Roaster
        & the PIT!

      Looking at those first picks, I thought YOWZA, I wouldn't take that on - I might have been able to bring it back, but not without a month of 'what are you thinking?' from the missus. I'd have to hide it.

      I am looking forward to more pics - that looks like a good job so far.
      Last edited by JGo37; April 3, 2019, 09:18 AM.


      • JPGators17
        JPGators17 commented
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        I'm totally with you. When I went to pick it up I had a "oh s%@!, what have I done" moment, but I've surprised myself so far and it's been a great lesson in persistence and patience, BIG time lol. Stay tuned for the results.
    • Backroadmeats
      Club Member
      • Dec 2018
      • 490
      • Central mn

      I seem to get myself in those kinds of projects alll the time!! I don't know how much ya paid for it but damn is that thing cool!!!


      • Hulagn1971
        Charter Member
        • Dec 2014
        • 1008
        • NC, The Triad
        • WSM 22.5", Pitmaster IQ110, Weber 22.5" Kettle with SNS, Weber 14" Smokey Joe.

        Following this.


        • Spinaker
          • Nov 2014
          • 10522
          • Land of Tonka
          • John "J R"
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            Smokin' Hound Que
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            Dexter (Beagle mix)
            Kinnick (American Foxhound)

            Big Green Egg (Large) X2
            Blackstone 36" Outdoor Griddle 4-Burner

            Broil King Keg
            Karubeque C-60
            Kamado Joe Jr. (Black)
            Lodge L410 Hibachi
            Pit Barrel Cooker
            Pit Barrel Cooker 2.0
            R&V Works FF2-R-ST 4-Gallon Fryer

            Weber Spirit Gasser
            FireBoard (Base Package)
            Thermoworks ThermaPen (Red)
            Thermoworks MK4 (Orange)

            BBQ Dragon
            Big Green Egg Plate Setter
            Benzomatic TS4000 Torch X 2
            Benzomatic TS800 High Temp Torch X 2

            Bayou Classic 44 qt Stainless Stock Pot
            Bayou Classic 35K BTU Burner

            Digi Q DX2 (Medium Pit Viper Fan)
            Dragon VT 2-23 C Torch
            Eggspander Kit X2
            Field Skillet No. 8,10,12

            Finex Cat Iron Line
            FireBoard Drive
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            Grill Grates
            Joule Water Circulator
            KBQ Fire Grate

            Kick Ash Basket (KAB) X4
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            Husky 6 Drawer BBQ Equipment Cabinet
            Large Vortex
            Marlin 1894 .44 Magnum
            Marquette Castings No. 13 (First Run)
            Smithey No. 12
            Smokeware Chimney Cap X 3
            Stargazer No.10, 12
            Tool Wizard BBQ Tongs
            Univex Duro 10" Meat Slicer
            FOGO Priemium Lump Charcoal
            Kingsford Blue and White
            Rockwood Lump Charcoal
            Apple, Cherry & Oak Log splits for the C-60

            Buck 119 Special
            Dexter 12" Brisket Sword
            Next Major Purchase
            Lone Star Grillz 24 X 48 Offset

          This is great! Keep us posted!


          • JPGators17
            Charter Member
            • Jan 2015
            • 449
            • Orlando, FL

            Thanks! My last decision is whether to paint it with regular black paint or high heat black paint. The company told me they don't use high heat on theirs, but since this one is older I might use high heat just in case the insulation isn't as good as it once was. They told me they use "#9600 Henry Ford Black" paint, but since none of my local suppliers seem to know what that is, i'm not going worry about trying to match the new shoot door perfectly.


            • CaptainMike
              CaptainMike commented
              Editing a comment
              One note about most high heat paints is that they DO need high heat to properly cure. With that said, I refurbished my Santa Maria grill in similar shape and didn't bother to switch paints when I did the non-heat exposed areas (legs and such) with no problems.

            • JPGators17
              JPGators17 commented
              Editing a comment
              Interesting, I had no idea. I'd rather do the non-high heat because I can get a gloss in that kind.
          • JPGators17
            Charter Member
            • Jan 2015
            • 449
            • Orlando, FL

            Forgot to add pics of the cleaned up/re-seasoned inside. Just added a couple, so now this post is current, inside and out.


            • CaptainMike
              Club Member
              • Nov 2015
              • 2416
              • The Great State of Jefferson
              • Weber Summit Charcoal Grill w/SnS and DnG (Spartacus)
                Old school big'ol Traeger w/Pro controller (Big Tex)
                2 W22's w/SnS, DnG (1 black, 1 copper) (Minions 1 and 2)
                20+ y/o many times rebuilt Weber Genesis w/GrillGrates (Gas Passer)
                20 x 30 Santa Maria grill (Maria, duh)
                Bradley cabinet smoker (Pepper Gomez)
                36" Blackstone griddle (The Black Beauty)
                Thermoworks Smoke and Thermapen.

              Great project and it looks like you're doing a fine job. I too enjoy refurbishing stuff. It can be a PIA sometimes, but well worth it in the end.


              • JimLinebarger
                Club Member
                • Jun 2017
                • 783
                • Spokane Valley, Wa.
                • Grills/Smokers
                  Blaze 32" 4-Burner Gas Grill w/infrared rear rotisserie burner
                  Weber Jumbo Joe
                  Weber 22" Master-Touch Kettle
                  Pit Barrel Cooker
                  Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain Series 36" Vertical Gas Smoker
                  Traeger Timberline 850

                  Thermoworks Smoke
                  Maverick ET-733
                  Thermapen Mk4, Red

                  Sous Vide
                  Anova Culinary Sous Vide Precision Cooker, Bluetooth, 800W
                  Anova Precision Cooker Insulated Container
                  Lipavi C15 container and lid
                  Lipavi L15 Rack

                  BBQ Guru DigiQ (for PBC and 22" Weber Kettle)
                  BBQ Dragon
                  BBQ Dragon Grill Table for 22" Weber Kettle
                  Fire Butler (for Weber 22")
                  Grill Grates for Jumbo Joe and Blaze grill

                  About me
                  Name: Jim
                  Nick name: Bear
                  Location: Spokane Valley, Wa.
                  Born at a very young age at Egland AFB, Ft. Walton Beach, FL.

                  USAF vet, ECM (F4 & B52)/B52 Crew Chief, Computer Systems NCO, disabled
                  Former Computer Tech/Admin
                  Campus Manager/Lead Tech/Tech (IT) for The Kemtah Group contracted to Intel, Rio Rancho, NM.
                  Short Term Missionary to the Marshall Islands with MAPS of DFM of AOG

                Lookeeng gooood!


                • RonB
                  Club Member
                  • Apr 2016
                  • 12554
                  • Near Richmond VA
                  • Weber Performer Deluxe
                    Pizza insert
                    Smokenator 1000
                    Cookshack Smokette Elite
                    2 Thermapens
                    lots of probes.

                  That's a great project. I'm sure you will get her done.


                  • LA Pork Butt
                    Charter Member
                    • Dec 2014
                    • 5285
                    • Grew up in New Orleans, lived in Texas for 20 years, lived in Mandeville, LA for 22 years. I now liv

                    At the risk of a pun it was a pretty rustic project.


                    • tenphases
                      Club Member
                      • Nov 2016
                      • 223
                      • Jersey City NJ
                      • Humphrey's Pint with Fireboard + Pit Viper
                        Hasty Bake 256 Gourmet Dual Finish
                        Hasty Bake Legacy
                        Camp Chef DLX pellet pooper/sear burner/jerky rack
                        Broil King Keg Kamado
                        Charbroil Kamander
                        Original Pit Barrel Cooker
                        Barrel House Cooker
                        Akorn Kamado with cart
                        WSM 22 with Flame Boss
                        WSM 18.5 with Flame Boss
                        Weber Kettle Performer (with Slow n Sear/Drip n Griddle)
                        Weber Jumbo Joe
                        Weber Smokey Joe
                        Weber Q gasser with stand
                        Blackstone Griddle 22 with stand and lid
                        Blackstone Griddle 36
                        Akorn Kamado jr

                      Love this thread, thanks for sharing this!


                      • JPGators17
                        Charter Member
                        • Jan 2015
                        • 449
                        • Orlando, FL

                        The Stump's company is still stringing me along regarding the new shoot door I need, but everything else is done. Just a waiting game now.
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