Picked up a very rusty New Braunfels smoker a week or so ago and after doing a couple of cooks on it to see how it performed I was so impressed I decided to spruce the old girl up a bit
Stripped her down and sanded her the best I could, then gave her a new coat of high temp paint
Detail of wood shelf. Red Oak sanded and oiled
It pays to have a neighbor with a complete wood working shop. Took us about 20 minutes to turn out the new boards. Found a nice piece of Red Oak, planed it, ripped it, routed the edges just a tad and I was on my way. Thanks Jeb!
I didn't have any Oak dowels and didn't have time to turn some on the lath, so sanded down the originals and reused them. I bought all new bolts to reassemble her with
I even pulled the emblem off, cleaned it up, shot it with black paint, let it dry then sanded the face of it on the belt sander taking off the paint except for inside the recessed lettering making it look just like new
I'm very happy with it, but leave it to the Wife to dampen the enthusiasm. Got her all reassembled this morning, fired her up and went in the house for some iced tea and proudly proclaimed "Well, the smoker is done". First words out of her mouth was " Does it cook any better?"
We shall see! Got a Fattie and a Brisky on it right now