We live in a disposable world. Many times it’s cheaper to replace something than fix it.
Even if there’s nothing wrong with it we are constantly being marketed to with the message that we should always be looking to upgrade.
Sometimes, though, you have the ability to fix something yourself. It’s a very satisfying feeling when you can look back on something you’ve fixed or fixed up.
It’s also a great feeling knowing that you saved yourself some money.
I recently experienced that pride in accomplishment and money savings by fixing up my old meat smoker. It’s one that was actually given to me by a friend when he upgraded to a new one.
The old smoker was starting to show it’s age. There were rust patches, peeling paint, and grease built up in the nooks and crannies from years of use.
It needed an overhaul so I loaded it up and took it to my father-in-law’s farm. He has a shop that is perfect for working on projects like this.
After sanding, power washing, and painting it was in better condition than when I first got it. My father-in-law even replaced the wheels so it rolls much easier now.
I’m looking forward to the first chance I can get to spend the day smoking some pork loin and chickens.
What’s something you’ve fixed up instead of replacing?
Here are the before and after pictures of my “meat smoker makeover”.