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Old 05-15-2010, 07:26 PM   #1
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We cook out ofter......


When I bought my first motor home I bought one of those gas grills that you hook up to your propane tank on your coach. Since then this grill has been a constant companion on our camping trips and has been used many times in all kind of places. It is a good grill except for a few minor problems that have happened to the grill over the years.
First of all, the grill came with a set of wire legs that fit into holes in the base of the grill to set the grill on when you use it on a picnic table. Somewhere, sometime I managed to lose the back set of legs for the grill . I solved the problem by putting a bean can under the back of the grill and it is sorta level, kinda'.
The second problem with the grill is concerning the ''control valve'' that controls the gas flow to the burner. It seems that sometime the little plastic ''thingie'' that you turn when you use the grill has split down the middle and I lost it somewhere along the way. I resolved the problem by getting a pair of ''vice grip'' pliers and attaching them to the ''little stem'' that the plastic knob went on ... they work fine for adjusting the gas flow.
The third thing with the the grill is that one of the hinges that holds the top on the grill got busted off somewhere and I fixed that with copper wire but now the problem is that the top has no ''stop'' and when you open the top it simply flops on the table. I have a sardine can to prop the top on when I open it to turn the steaks. The sardine can can works fine as a prop...'
The forth problem with the grill is that somehow I got a hole in the hose that brings the gas to the regulator thingie . I took a Bic pen apart and jammed the body of the pen into the hose and taped it on both sides and I checked it with spit and it dont leak and it seems to work fine.
The fifth problem with the grill is that the ''lift handle'' finally fell off the grill and I just put a quarter inch bolt in one of the holes to lift the top of the grill to check the steaks. If the grill is hot I will use the pair of vice grips off the control valve to list the top because that little screw gets real hot.
The sixth situation with the grill is that the ''burner body'' is getting real sad. I need to buy a new one but I can never remember that when I am at Camping world. About half of the burner actually works on both sides and the other end of the burner works on one side, kinda,......
with all this in mind I would like to tell you about a cook out we had in Jasper....

We were parked beside a guy in a pop up and we decided that steaks were the order of the day so I got out our grill and started setting it up on a picnic table. The guy in the pop up was lounging in a chair watching the whole process. I carefully sat the grill on the table with the back on the bean can and I got out my piece of wood and propped the top open. I attached the control valve and put the vise grips on the little stem to control the gas flow. I got out my sardine can to prop the vise grips on so I could control the flow of the L.P. Gas. I got out my taped hose and hooked it to the grill and then to the propane tank on the coach. The guy in the pop up watched with great interest and he finally said......
''You sure that grill is safe?'' ''It looks like a piece of junk that should have been thrown away several years ago''....
I assured that this grill was in tip top condition and was very safe for usage. He watched with great interest......
I turned the little stem on the control valve and the familiar hiss of L.P. Came roaring into the burner and I put the plastic match to it and we had ''fire''.......... I closed the lid and propped the vise grips up with the sardine can....
I grinned at my neighbor with a ''all knowing smile'' and stepped in the coach for a liquid refreshment while the grill heated up....
A couple of minutes later I heard my neighbor yell.....
It seems that I had turned the control valve past the ''stop'' because the knob was gone and I could turn the stem way too far to the right and the burner was producing flames about a foot tall inside the grill.....
Things started happening in slow motion and real fast all at the same time for a while. I stepped out of the coach and in my haste I missed the bottom step and fell face first out of the coach My beer spouted like Old Failthful and I managed to fall on the hose that delivered the gas to the grill. In doing this it seems that I yanked the grill sideways making it fall off the bean can that was the back leg and making the vise grip pliers fall off the sardine can causing the gas valve to open further and knocking the grill top crooked letting the fire shoot upward even higher I also managed to break the hose apart where I had put the Bic Pen body in it. The hose parted and I managed to grab the end of it but the L.P. Was coming out un regulated and with a force that was exciting to say the least. I made the mistake of pointing the gas delivery hose toward the grill and the red hot grill ignited the spray of L.P. Coming out of the hose. There I stood holding a busted rubber hose with a three foot flame coming out of the end and an empty beer can. It looked like ww2 flame thrower and roared like a lion.....
The poor guy in the pop up scrambled out of his chair and grabbed the tongue of his pop up and was trying to pull it out from beside my coach. In my confusion I accidentally set some weeds on fire beside the coach and I screamed for Willa to bring me a fire extinguisher quick. She couldnt find the fire extinguisher so she brought the five beers that were left in the six pack and she put out the fire with beer. .. we managed to get the l.p. Turned off and our neighbor went to the office and requested a different camping sight.
''Maybe its time to consider the thought of buying a new grill dear'' Willa said.
''I will think about that later dear...... right now I think we should go get Pizza for supper.

Willa and me . heading for Alaska
The adventure continues......

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Old 05-15-2010, 07:57 PM   #2
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What you really needed was to send Willa for more beer!! After all she wasted yours putting out the fire.

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Old 05-18-2010, 06:43 AM   #3
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I was wondering who disposed of that almost perfect but slightly used grill.A wire hanger replaced the 1/4" bolt .I don't have vicegrips so I made a small sawcut in the shaft so I could use a screwdriver to adjust the flame .
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:03 PM   #4
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I have a neighbor that would dive into the dumpster for that grill.
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Old 05-30-2010, 08:55 PM   #5
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Regardign the plastic knob.. Many times you can find replacement knobs at places with names like Fireplaces Etc. or even in the outdoor (Grill area) at a Wall Mart, Meijers or other big "Super Super market/department store" type place.

Most of them tend to be a common size.. If that don't work an electronics supplier will have knobs designed to fit a quarter inch shaft, either spline, "D" or smooth.

As for the legs.. your local body shop can make new ones for you. (provided it is an old fashion crafstman body shop and not a "Bolt on a new fender" shop like Collex)
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Old 06-03-2010, 07:25 PM   #6
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Later on that evening when we got back from the local Pizza Parlor Willa told me that she thought it would be best if we simply ''Threw the old grill away''................
I told her that the ''Grill'' had been with me ever since I bought the first 28 foot ''C'' class Midas Kingston back in 95. I told her about all the burgers, steaks, sish-ka-bobs and shrimp that had been prepared on that grill . Ribs by the bunches and hot dogs by the yard had crossed the rack on that grill and the tails it could tell if it could talk about the places it had been and the things it had seen. From the Florida Keys to Alaska's frozen north and everything in between. From the Rockies to the sea shore, we had been thru thick and thin and everything in between we had shared. It brought a tear to my eye to think of losing the old partner to the dumpster. I got me a beer when we got home and just sat out on the picnic table and just looked at its crippled frame. The busted back leg and the broken hose with the duct tape and the guts of the Bic pin sticking out. The broken top with the missing hinge and the faithful wire handle for lifting the lid. I could see where the heat had partially melted the top of the grill and I looked at the warped burner inside and gave a heavy sigh....... Yep, it was time to let her go to that happy place in Grill Heaven where all the good grills go when their usefullness is done here. I told Willa that she was right and I was going to toss the grill in the dumpster. I gathered up all the pieces and slowly carried them over to the dumpster. With a sad face I slowly raised the lid of the dumpster and let the grill slide inside. It was a sad moment as I felt the hose slide through my hands as the grill slowly disappeared into the blackness. To my surprise Willa had brought a comb and some wax paper and was slowly playing Taps as the grill disappeared from sight. Our somber procession headed back toward our camper as we passed a guy carrying out his trash to the dumpster. We were some twenty steps away when we heard him yell to his wife.
''Come look at the neat grill I just found''....
'' It's kinda beat up but I just know I can fix it with some wire and a pair of vise grips and a couple of cans and a piece of a Bic lighter to go in the busted hose''. ''It is a lot better than what we have now''.
''I can fix it and we can cook out tomorrow night''.....................
My heart leaped with joy knowing that my friend ''The Grill'' had found a new home and somewhere this night it was fixing burgers or steaks or ribs for some lucky couple that had rescued it from the dumpster and given it a new life. I felt much better …...
That night we heard about some guy that set his awning on fire with a grill he found in the dumpster. We quietly broke camp and sneaked out of the campground about day light....
So it went on the way to Alaska
Seajay and Willa heading north.....

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