Yeah they are gorgeous when they are unboxed and you put it together and it's kind of like it just looks too good to light up and get dirty. I always take a photo straight after I assemble it coz as all well know, you'll never see it as new and as clean as this ever again.
So it gets christened with a nice meaty morsel or two and you'll notice some oil runs going down your nicely coloured enamel but it just multiplies eventually......fast forward a few years and some of that beautiful paint is looking a bit ordinary, maybe some chips appearing and more black spots.
So is the story of my 2007 model Performer grill in Sage Green. Yeah most the paint is still intact but many hundreds of high heat cook-ups is really taking it's toll. There are quite a few spots near where the lid folds back in the carrier where the paint looks chipped, I've never seen if there's been any paint on the concrete but you can plainly see the black paint underneath which in it's own way a blessing as if there wasn't paint underneath, I could've been faced with a rusting kettle bowl.
I've never mistreated the kettle, never dropped the lid....oh ok maybe once, but it's still in better nick than the bowl as far as paint is concerned but years of smoke have really discoloured the nice pastel sage green it used to be.
I really had the elbow grease out today with a good detergent...umm well it was my blue Kitten Wash n polish detergent for the car and whilst i got 60% off, there's the 40% i could not budge and I also noticed there's a lot of pitting on the lid and I'm wondering if that's come about by the intense heats from the Kettle Kone that sends my temp gauge off the dial.
Also I read less than 12 Months ago that the paint coming off the bowl is or could be caused by hot coals against the inside of the bowl which possibly makes the metal in the bowl expander greater than normal which in turn might start shedding the top coat.
I admit I started cooking this way watching many you-tubers from the US do it where they dump a chimney of coals against one side of the kettle and nothing against the other side.....whether that theory is true or not, I don't know but it sounds like it could be a reasonable assumption.
The poor old table is hanging in there, after a goose of a furniture removalist stood on the bloody thing to put something high in the truck, lucky he was only the size of a jockey but heavy enough to put a split in it.... The Performer is a beast of a grill, and is as sturdy as it was new but I don't think I'll go for another coloured one... maybe just stick to black. These things are over $900 new these days and mine is the gas starter model.
Thankyou for reading