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Shepherd Ball-B-Q, Pride of Canada! (Model 300)

Shephard Ball-B-Q

I have seen this style BBQ before, but never in person. We were at the Alameda Antiques Faire and on the way out we saw this BBQ gleaming in the mid day sun. The classic design embodied modernism, and demonstrated how design was delivering new kinds of lifestyles into the Canadian experience. One of the first barbeques with an integrated cover, the Ball-B-Q combines a domed top which rolls over a double stack of racks and a rounded pan joined to a single curved pedestal. The shape of the ball somewhat resembles the castors that are the main product of its manufacturer, Shepard Products. The spun aluminum top emphasizes its use and contrasts with the intense red of the pedestal. A black wood sphere acts as a handle and allows easy and safe opening of the hood. The Ball-B-Q was the recipient of both Design Canada and Association of Professional Industrial Designers Ontario awards.”

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Mel and I shot over to investigate it. We knew it was too cool to leave behind, so we nabbed it!

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This is in overall good condition, but it needs a little cleaning up. It appears to have never been used.

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I am trying to locate the original paperwork for this BBQ. When I purchase something, I like to make sure I make it as complete as posssible.

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This grill has such a thoughtful design. I have to really hand it to the designer.

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Look at all the variations! So many options!

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Here is the patent paperwork submitted in 1968. Such a cool design!

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We found this matching tray on eBay and are anxiously awaiting its arrival. This will make a nice set!

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1970’s Electric Char-B-Que

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I have always been a fan of vintage BBQ’s. It is such a unique experience cooking on some of these grills.

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I came across this space age looking grill on eBay. The shape was so unique and

I thought it would be a nice piece to add to our collection.

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This is in surprisingly good shape considering its age. I don’t think it saw much use.

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The electric heating element is under the lava rock. I already took soap and

a scrubber to the whole thing and it cleaned up really well.

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The first thing I plan to cook on here is herb crusted salmon fillets. I can’t wait to fire this thing up!

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We were fortunate that the seller on eBay had some of the original paperwork.

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In the above image you see that it originally had a stand! Bummer, I wish I had that piece to complete the set. If anybody has the stand for sale, let us know.

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Royal Chef Restoration

Royal Chef BBQ

Royal Chef BBQ Before

Here is our Royal Chef as we purchased it.  As you can see, there is a lot of surface rust and dirt.

Royal Chef BBQ Before

The first thing I did was break the whole grill down so I could start the painting process.

Paint for Royal Chef BBQ

Unfortunately, there are not many color choices when it comes to high temperature BBQ paint.  I was able to find a gun steel blue high temperature spray paint online.  I also wanted to buy high temperature primer as well.

Royal Chef BBQ with Primer

Here is the main body of the grill in primer.

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After the primer had dried, I painted it.  I do like the color.  It may be hard to tell, but there is a metal flake in the paint.

Royal Chef BBQ After

After a lot of sanding and cleaning, I managed to get the whole grill repainted.  I reassembled it and here it is!

Royal Chef BBQ After

I painted the inside of the grill with black grill paint.  I also refinished the rotisserie and got it working again!

Royal Chef BBQ After

I am soo glad the paint isn’t in a flat finish, more like something between eggshell and semigloss.

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I am very happy with the coverage of this paint.  This lower tray had a lot of surface rust.  The paint and primer makes it look like new.

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I think I will take this over to my upholstery guy Bill from B&T Upholstery to make a cover for it.  I will have him sew the two letters “R C” Royal Chef on the cover.  Now that this is done, onto the next thing!

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