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weber grill handle cracked, can the stainless steel be welded?

I have an older weber grill that got tossed around like a red headed step child last night in the storm. It appears that the worst of the damage was the left side handle (see photo) cracked clean in two.

There is some other damage on the grill that looks like I can fix with replacement parts from Weber's website. However, it doesn't appear that I can order a new lid for it. Can this be repaired with JB weld, or can I take it to somebody here that can help fix it? I don't need it to look perfectly pretty, just the grill works so well that I hate to spend $500 or more to buy a new one if I don't have to.



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Yup. Just make sure you use the correct wire or your weld will rust.
sorry, when I said can it be welded, I guess I am asking, can somebody here help me weld it back together? I will gladly bring it to somebody's house one night with a 12 pack of spotted cow or a libation of your choice.

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you sure its stainless? it looks cast and it's painted. not that stainless can't be cast - i just most typically see it as sheet metal and not painted in this type of application.

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Man the fuck up and fix it yourself!

By the way, that looks like cast aluminum.

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you sure its stainless? it looks cast and it's painted. not that stainless can't be cast - i just most typically see it as sheet metal and not painted in this type of application.
sorry, the only reason why I suspect it is stainless is that when I did the weber replacement part wizard it asked if it was stainless or porcelain, and I know it isn't porcelain. I dont know what particular metal this is, I just need to figure out a way to fix it. It could be cast steel or aluminum.

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i can't help either...but they do make black duct / duck tape!
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Man the fuck up and fix it yourself!

By the way, that looks like cast aluminum.
thanks for the help


If I wanted to replace the grill (when I try to fix it myself and end up breaking it beyond the point of repair) I would just buy a new grill.

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I think that's cast aluminum.

JB Weld ?

Duct Tape ?



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sorry, the only reason why I suspect it is stainless is that when I did the weber replacement part wizard it asked if it was stainless or porcelain, and I know it isn't porcelain. I dont know what particular metal this is, I just need to figure out a way to fix it. It could be cast steel or aluminum.
I believe that's talking about the actual grill material that you put the meat on. It's either SS or a porcelain coated metal. The metal rails are just cheap casted metal. I'd JB it and forget about it.

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I think that's cast aluminum.

JB Weld ?

Duct Tape ?



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I was thinking JB weld and some hi gloss black hi temp spray paint. I could probably manage that myself, I just want to make sure it holds. Duct Tape wouldn't work because the stress that is placed on it when it opens and closes
also, that part gets pretty hot when it is cooking.

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JB Weld is your best bet. After wards you can work it with files to make the repair blend in a bit.
I would just put a very small amount on the top side and build up the bottom side thick.
You could also undercut the top crack area in order to use a thicker blend on top and still end up flush.
Another technique is to cut grooves perpendicular to the crack extending about half inch each side of the crack. 3 or 4 should work. Fill with JB weld like stitches and work them down flush when they are cured. This in addition to the underside and it should be good to go.
There is a spray paint available that will resemble the original finish as well as being heat resistant.

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Lifetime warranty on the box. Call customer service. Ive had my 15 year old genesis almost completely rebuilt 2 times in the last 10 years by a weber service guy for free.

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Lifetime warranty on the box. Call customer service. Ive had my 15 year old genesis almost completely rebuilt 2 times in the last 10 years by a weber service guy for free.
Lifetime? I double checked that since I didn't know about that, and per their website it apparently depends on the model:

http://help.weber.com/warranties.aspx

In either case, a phone call to ask costs nothing. If that doesn't pan out, JB Weld it.
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I just called Weber. Because my father in law is the original owner and I am a "second owner" the warranty doesn't take effect.

I was able to order the part that I needed along with new flavor bars from Weber directly. It cost me $126, but after I do that and clean out the burners the grill should be good as new.

Thank you Kegger for the suggestion.

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Thank you Kegger for the suggestion.
Why didnt you tell them you are the original owner?

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Why didnt you tell them you are the original owner?

My father in law is VERY good about registering things, and they wanted the serial number and I didn't want to get caught in a lie. It turns out however this is the ONE thing he apparently didn't register. oh well. Its a great grill I want it to last as long as I can.

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