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Weber charcoal grill repair

The flanges that close the vents on my platinum one touch weber grill have bent, and no longer close the vents. I am trying to replace them, but I can't figure out how to remove the vent handle. An I shaped bracket on top of washer inside grill bowl. Vent handle inserted through bracket holes with a washer outside of grill bowl. No visible anchor on the handle. Can someone help me with this. Owner's manual no help.

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  • tbowens Apr 06, 2008

    You could be right. Will give it a try (the next sound you hear is me banging my head), should have thought of that myself. I can't say for sure but it almost looks likes there is a trigger mechanism that pops up into the grill bowl off of the vent handle. Limited rotation and limited back and forth movement. I even came at it with a hammer and a crowbar and couldn't get it to move.

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I NEED MORE INFO, BUT I THINK THE HANDLE IS HELD BY TENSION FROM THE BRACKET. MOST LIKELY TARS AND AN ITEM WE CALL "VARNISH" IN THE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY{ COOKED, ACCUMULATED FATS] HAVE JAMMED THE AREAS THAT ARE TO MOVE FREELY. LOOOK TO SEE IF THIS MAY BE THE CASE. FOR MOST APPLICATIONS TRY USING WD-40[NO OPEN FLAMES!!!] TO DESOLVE ANY BUILD-UP.(ALLOW TIME FOR WD TO WORK, MAY TAKE MORE THAN ONE APPLICATION)

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I realize this is an old post but as someone who was also recently frustrated with the same problem I thought I'd post anyways in order to help future Weber owners who may also be searching for a solution.

The vents can be bent back!

1. Remove the lower ash pan and aluminum shroud.

2. Using a blow torch heat the lower portion of the bent vent for 45-60 seconds.

3. Turn vent handle to the closed position.

4. Use a standard screwdriver to pry the vent up from the underside of the kettle while simultaneously using free hand to apply pressure to the outer (cool) end of the vent ear.

Problem solved!

Time to start the coals and add your meat of preference!!

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