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Old 06-24-2007, 09:35 PM   #1
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Equipment retirement ceremonies?

Do you usually have a ceremony when you retire a piece of equipment? I'm getting ready to retire my Brinkman smoker after two official uses (mom's smoked salmon three years ago) and my smoked turkey a month ago. Granted, its not something that I've had for years nor many meals prepared on it. But I thought I'd ask what you do to those grills or smokers when you decide to upgrade to something bigger better or retire them after years of dedicated service. I parted this one out (ash pan and grills) and will watch the dump truck eat it on Tuesday. It's sitting on death row in my garage behind my trash can. The dome is currently in my trash can. I'll probably put it out on the street tomarrow night and maybe have a beer to salute its limited use and welcome it into its next life at the county dump.

Am I weird or taking this a bit serious? Last bbq gear I've retired included a Weber grill that I bought at a yard sale and sold at a yard sale (after figuring out that I didn't have what it took to use charcoal (10 years ago)). Also had some cheap/crappy gas grills that self-destructed after a few years' use that ended up in the trash. My stainless steel Kenmore gas grill with cast iron burners has been Eric proof for the last 5 years. I suspect my Camp Chef burners will last forever as well. I may actually cry when they die.

I figure some of you must have strong feelings for the gear that gets you thru your competitions and catering. I thought would be interesting to share any.

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Old 06-24-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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If you set it out by the road tonight, it may not be there tomorrow. I sold my modified Chargriller for 35 bucks. That hurt a little.
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Old 06-24-2007, 10:55 PM   #3
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Most people here, I think, never retire anything. They may not use some cookers anymore, but they keep 'em on hand just in case. :P

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Old 06-25-2007, 09:16 AM   #4
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Dont get rid of the grates. they work good for holding jerkey on the weber.

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Old 06-25-2007, 05:55 PM   #5
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Thanks...I figured I'd keep the grates since I "never know" what to keep. I should have known Bill'd be quick with a picture to illustrate the purpose of mult-tier cooking. The side is all kicked in and that Brinkman was a rather pain to use. If the garbage truck comes before I go to work, I'll take pictures of its death. I don't have a high speed camera and our garbage men are kinda fast.

As for NOVA, currently in Fairfax but we're moving in 3 months and depending upon where Amy's new job lands her that may be changing. Hoping to stay around here somewhere...I'll post the city of choice once we sign a new lease agreement. Otherwise, generically speaking, it will be somewhere within a county or two of Fairfax County since I work here...
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I gave my CharBroil Silver Smoker to a friend when I began aquireing my fleet of WSMs.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:59 AM   #7
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Yeah, I guess the Brinkman would be useful as a chimney holder so I don't burn my deck down. I'll post a picture. My neighbor decided to unload his old grills last night too, so my Brinkman wasn't 'lonely'. Sorry, not exactly 'food porn'. Maybe 'garbage porn?' Trash guy came late so no movie of seeing it crushed. sorry On to more important issues, i'll post in a different area my intentions for this weekend, since a real bbq takes planning and I haven't exactly demonstrated that yet...
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