It's an example of why you cannot use galvanized steel in something like a gas grill, and even though I read that post so long ago I couldn't remember any of the details--nor even who said it!--the important part stuck: "do not use galvanized steel where it will come in contact with both high temperatures and food."
Now, I could use the galvanized steel to make a new drip deflector, and I could put it in, then turn the thing on "high" and walk away for a while, and just stand upwind of the yellow smoke...but Dad did not raise me to be a dickhead.
At least, not that kind of dickhead.
If something is patently unsafe, I ain't gonna do it. Instead I'll pay the freight and buy a chunk of sheet steel in the right size and use that to make my drip deflector. (I've got to go to Ace and buy a tank of propane this week anyway, so I can get the steel at the same time.)
Og's forgotten more about that stuff than I'll ever learn. I'm just glad I can pick up a vicarious nugget of wisdom or two once in a while.
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Of course, Og is not infallible, either.
I wonder if people were tailgating him on the expressway and making nasty gestures? After all, when your speedometer is calibrated in kilometers rather than miles....
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The nephew is still here and I haven't started dinner yet. He's feeling kind of crummy (nonspecific gastritis) and I've been flopped out all day.
We went out to do some shopping, including a side trip to the fireworks store so I could pick up a couple of fountains. There was this one fountain which was $3 per shot, and I bought two on the 18th intending to try them out and see how I liked them. I didn't manage it before this past Sunday when Lemonzen and I went back; but last night, after Bible study, I tried one and really liked it, so I resolved to go back for a few more of them.
My nephew, being 17, really enjoyed looking at all the fireworks. Heck, I'm 45 and I enjoyed it.
Then, grocery shopping. I managed to get out of the store for $90--because I kept seeing damned good bargains on stuff I will use.
French fries--2 lb bag for $2.39, and they actually had the Texas Crispers back in stock, so I ended up with three bags of fries. *whimper*
Hot dogs: they had the Oscar Mayer 20 packs on sale for--get this--two for $5. So twenty hot dogs was cheaper than a regular 10-pack, and I bought two. With the 10-pack I already had in the freezer, I now have enough hot dogs to last me until September.
Brats: $4 for a 5-pack of Johnsonville, which are the best. Got two.
Also I was looking at stuff for the 4th, so I got a bag of tortilla chips. Figure I'll open up a fresh jar of salsa. Sailor V's bringing macaroni salad and Lemonzen is bringing pie; we're going to have ourselves something of a cookout. Heh. So I'll be buying corn on the cob next week to make some of that, too, and if they're still on sale at the corner store next week I'll get potato salad and cole slaw.
I'm gonna have so much f-ing food on hand.... Well, it means less cooking for me next week!
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Wow--I went and cooked dinner and then got to talking with my nephew. Now it's hours later. Might as well post this.