Some interesting mods to extend the life of this cooker. Great ideas.
I owned one until last year when a fellow brethren member took it off my hands as a donation and breathed new life into it. It had suffered a fatal lid crack due to an issue with the band which I hadn't noticed. I wasn't willing to repair it so the Goldens' Cast Iron was purchased as its replacement. There's a whole thread in the brethren forum about the BC Cypress restoration.
It was a decent grill for me, had its quirks but served me well. I almost hated to see it go but was glad it for to cook another day.
Nope, it stays outside and has easily survived two New England winters with no issues. I do have a poorly fitting cover for it left over from a gas grill, but I don't always cover it. Goldens' does make a cover for the larger cart but not for this one.
Pretty much the only reason I cover it is the Bubba Keg and Weber Kettle both have covers, so the Goldens' might as well have one also.
I was thinking the same thing. More specifically, how big the tail is. But, I think the OP was just justifying the buy as opposed to commenting on the actual weight of the claw. I don't think they had cooked it at that point.
I love toying with the idea of swimming in the ocean depths, until I see something like this
I have to add: the size of that claw also makes me want to swim wearing a cup and two very thick pair of jeans
I disagree my local lowes and home depot also walmart have wood chunks and chips available at very reasonable prices also there are many sites online where you can get the chunks as well at good prices