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Restoring Denberg (PICS)

buddubyabuddubya Posts: 23
edited October 2013 in EggHead Forum

My neighbor in Atlanta, Jeff Denberg, had set up shop right across the fence from where I used to shoot hoops and play in the backyard when I was little. He was a sports reporter for the AJC and covered the Hawks. Back when I used to think the pro-basketball was respectable - I mean the Dream Team was legit... I thought Jeff had a really awesome job and he was a pretty cool dude. He gave me a few Hawks jerseys and would usually bring me back some sort of swag from whatever traveling the team was doing that month. He went everywhere with the team, including Russia.

Many evenings, I would be out back shooting hoops or chasing a dog, and he would be cooking or smoking something on this round, egg-shaped green device with its own table. As a middle-schooler, I had not yet become a foodie, but I knew what that my dad could cook a mean thanksgiving turkey on our Weber gasser, rotisserie-style. But the smells and samples coming from this green device Jeff used were unbelievable. There was definitely a mystique surrounding it - ribs, brisket, turkey... what the heck is this this thing and why don't we have one?

Sadly, Jeff lost his battle with brain cancer in March of 2004. His wife, Lynda, gave his egg to my dad and the rest is history...

Almost ten years later, hundreds of pounds of meat and charcoal and thousands of miles, the egg is still a part of the family. When I went to school out west my dad let me drive it out there with me and he upgraded to a Large. In 2007, I was moving, and when it came time to load up the egg I was rolling it in the nest down an icy sidewalk (pushing instead of pulling) and hit a crack in the cement and over it went. It fractured the base but the rest was surprisingly undamaged. It made it back to Athens, GA with me in '08 still in one piece. But the more I used it, the crack gradually got worse and started affecting air flow and it got the the point where post-cook it would burn through all my lump.

So, I finally had some spare time last week and this weekend to go to work on it. I disassembled, sanded, JB Welded, sanded, painted, and installed a new Rutland/Permatex gasket from @RRP. I have decided to call it "Denberg" from here on out.

Now I am in search of a deal on a used Large as a companion for Denberg. Will be modifying a retro hand-me-down oak dresser currently in our bedroom (wife hates) to be a two-egg table and drawer space. Will update once table is started and finished and Large is added.


Side Crack
Cracked MBGE bottom
Cracked Base

JB Weld Supplies

Applied JB Weld to both sides of crack and stuck it together overnight:
JB Welded Base

Lightly sanded lid and base with a #80 and #120 grit random orbit sandpaper
Lightly Sanded

Took my newer rain cap in and HD was able to match pretty well.
Behr Premium Plus Ultra
Pre Paint Job  Painted
JB Weld Internal
Rutland On
Permatex bead
photo 1

Permatex bleeding thru Rutland
Permatex coming thru Rutland

Foiled lid before shutting overnight to cure
photo 2

Fully Restored Denberg


Brookhaven, GA

2012 Large | Mid 90's Medium



  • YEMTreyYEMTrey Posts: 5,118
    Thanks for sharing.  Nice work!
    XL and a Mini Max Egg in Cincinnati, Ohio

  • TUTTLE871TUTTLE871 Posts: 1,316
    WOW!! Looks incredible. Mr. Denberg would be proud.

    "Hold my beer and watch this S##T!"


  • What a great story!
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
    Aurora, Ontario, Canada
  • SmokinDAWG82SmokinDAWG82 Posts: 1,704
    Great story, keep Denberg burning my friend!
    Go Dawgs! - Marietta, GA
  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,750
    Great job and welcome!
  • RACRAC Posts: 1,688

    Great job! Look's awesome.



    Boerne, TX

  • HotchHotch Posts: 3,070
    That is a fine job. Thanks for sharing.
    Large BGE, MiniMAX BGE, 2 Mini BGE's, R&V Fryer, 36" Blackstone Griddle, Camp Chef Dual Burner 40K BTU Stove
    BGE Chiminea
    Prosper, TX
  • Great story and fantastic rebuild!
    Cherry Hill, NJ
  • calikingcaliking Posts: 9,685
    Now that's how you show an Egg some love! Excellent restoration.

    Question - Is that paint heat resistant? I would never have thought to go to the store to have them color match. Great idea.

    #1 LBGE December 2012 • #2 SBGE February  2013 • #3 Mini May 2013
    A happy BGE family in Houston, TX.
  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 8,222
    A labour of love, with a very nice story, thanks for sharing!
    Delta B.C. - Move over coffee, this is job for alcohol!
  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 14,092
    Most eggcellent story.  Eggcellent recovery and restoration job as well.  Enjoy the end-results.
    Louisville;  L & S BGEs, PBC, Lang 36; Burnin' wood in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.
  • @caliking - I was never able to find a temperature rating for the Behr ultra premium. But I figure it is an outside paint and if it can stand being on a house or something in the sun it might be able to take a few hundred degrees. Just taking a gamble and hoping it won't melt off or bubble right away. Could not find high heat paint in any color other than black, silver or white. So... I may have to redo it in one of those colors if I have trouble with this.


    Brookhaven, GA

    2012 Large | Mid 90's Medium

  • JRWhiteeJRWhitee Posts: 3,708
    Nice job, thanks for sharing.


    Large BGE 2006, Mini Max 2014
    Green Man Group cooking team.
    Johns Creek, Georgia
  • jaydub58jaydub58 Posts: 2,104

    What a great salute to someone who obviously meant an awful lot to you!

    You gotta be proud.

    John in the Willamette Valley of Oregon
  • Is it wierd that I am literally getting teary eyed as I type this?

    "Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity, and are able to turn both to their advantage."

  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 13,750
    Is it wierd that I am literally getting teary eyed as I type this?
    nope. The story is incredible.
  • Great story. In the unhappy event of a paint failure, I wonder if the high temp white paint can be tinted? Just thinking in case plan B is needed. Denberg deserves it! =D>
    Hendersonville, TN.
  • GoatseggGoatsegg Posts: 108
    This put a smile on my face- thanks for sharing.
    -The Goat
    Marietta, GA
    XL BGE

  • Fantastic story and a great tribute to your neighbor. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Clarendon Hills, IL
  • Impressive!
    LBGE- Atlanta, LBGE and SBGE- Ellijay, GA
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,529
    Cool story. 

    Looking to hear back on the paint holds up the first time you do a pizza or clean burn.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
  • SpaightlabsSpaightlabs Posts: 1,606
    edited October 2013
    Den-berg, Den-berg, Den-berg! Awesome story man.
  • Great story! 

    You can look at auto parts places and find high temp engine enamel. I used ford blue on my recent rebuild, its held up after one cook, hopefully itll last 99 more.

  • Great story.
    Mark Annville, PA
  • Great story and excellent rebuild.


    Johnson, Navin R... Sounds like a typical bastard.


    Belmont, NC

  • RRPRRP Posts: 21,297
    I enjoyed your story...if you would have told me your intent I would have just donated that Rutland gasket.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
    Re-gasketing AMERICA one yard at a time...

  • jtippersjtippers Posts: 512
    Awesome work!
    SBGE December 2012 •  XLBGE December 2013 •  Yoder YS640 July
    Location: Jasper, Georgia

  • TackmanTackman Posts: 230
    Great story. Thanks.
    Cleveland, Ohio
  • Ragtop99Ragtop99 Posts: 1,529
    edited October 2013
    I used ford blue on my recent rebuild, its held up after one cook, hopefully itll last 99 more.
    Sorry.  It's not going to last.  Any other blue might have worked. 
    FORD = Fix or Repair Daily.
    Cooking on an XL and Medium in Bethesda, MD.
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