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We thought this day would never come

OK, that might be an exaggeration, but it really did seem like the parts we ordered to reassemble the grill would never show up. They finally arrived on Thursday (was it a whole month ago that we ordered those?), and we spent the evening reassembling the grill.

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Here's the "Before" shot from last summer. You might not be able to see all the rust and flaking paint in this picture, but trust me, it's there. Also note the lack of a proper handle, the lack of any sort of markings on the knobs, and the thermometer that doesn't work.

Logically, this meant we needed to use the grill as much as possible. So, I did some research, and realized that I didn’t have any grill-worthy recipes for another Linkfest post. Why? Because I’ve had quite a few grilling Linkfest posts in the past, some quite recent: 5/20/08, 9/14/08, 10/9/9, and 4/21/10.

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The whole thing needed to be sandblasted (to remove the flaking paint and rust) and repainted, so Prince Charming spent a month doing that. Even the inside had been painted, which you're not supposed to do, so it actually looks better in this picture than it used to. You might just have to trust me on that. Just about every part of the grill was replaced, as you can tell by this picture. That's the shiny new... reflector thingy. The gas comes in through a thing that goes on top of this (one of the original parts kept). Very technical, I know.

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Halfway there! All of the hardware (nuts, bolts, screws, etc) was replaced with shiny new rust-proof stuff.

I settled on the only one I hadn’t already shared (it was the lone bookmark that was for grilled anything), Grilled Soy-Glazed Chicken and Scallions from The Kitchen Sink, mostly because it was the only one that I didn’t have to go to the grocery store to get additional ingredients (I was interested in the tequila-lime chicken, but we don’t have any tequila in the house, and it seemed like an important ingredient). OK, technically we didn’t have sherry, but I figured I could make a substitution on that without ruining the recipe.

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New bricks to replace the completely disintegrated lava rock that used to be here. I think these serve as a heat retention unit. That's me, by the way.

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Because logically, if you have to do a task like this, you ask the most OCD person in the house to do it. Voila! (No, let's not focus on the fact that there weren't enough for that last row. Let's not be too OCD.)

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New handle, new knobs, new thermometer... lookin' good!

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Even the back looks pretty (though it's missing a piece - we can't figure out how to put it back on or where it goes, and it doesn't seem to serve any function).

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Glamor shot.

Oh, you wanted to know about the food too? Turned out great! I highly recommend Grilled Soy-Glazed Chicken and Scallions. No pictures – it was too yummy, and we ate it up before I could even think about getting a shot. Add corn on the cob and watermelon, and you have the perfect summer dinner!

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Obligatory shot of grill in action.

All that hard work has really paid off! Grilling is on the menu several times this week, and we used the grill twice over the weekend. We really missed our grill and are glad it’s back!

(For those of you who are wondering why we did all that work, a new Broilmaster of the same series, which would arguably be a bit fancier, costs upwards of $1500. So, yeah, a couple hundred dollars and some manual labor? Totally worth it. Also, we will be buying a cover for it so that it will be protected from the elements, especially Minnesota’s harsh winters. That was too much work to let it sit out in the weather!)

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