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Refurbish of a Weber Virgin Deluxe 375 Poker

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I acquired this Weber recently off  Ebay. From the pictures i saw it looked like a fine, excellent condition example. The Virgin Deluxe is i believe one of Weber’s top line models. Most likely the pipe is from the 1960’s-1970’s.s-l1600 (640x391).jpg

I have a few pokers made by Weber now but none are a straight stem like this one. All are either a cherrywood shape or a  straight saddle bit. Like the one in this old Weber ad.1947-weber-pipes-c2-369.jpg

These 375’s don’t pop up often ,so i bid and hoped for the best. Luckily there was not much interest in it and i won. I gladly now include it in my American made poker collection.

The pipe arrived and indeed it was in  very good condition with no major problems. The stem was very tight, so it spent a couple of hours in the freezer. 100_9823 (640x480).jpg100_9824 (640x480).jpg

In fact i had to apply some bees wax to the tenon in order to put it back together to take the above pictures. 100_9825 (640x480).jpg

The pipe was pretty clean inside the bowl and shank. There was very minor cake build up.

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The shank cleaned quickly with a brush and only needed a couple of cleaners to finish it up.

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The rim char came off easy with some mineral oil and a piece of Scotch-Brite pad. I  went over bowl lightly  with some 2500 grit and mineral oil. I also gave bowl chamber and inside of shank a go over with mineral oil.100_9833 (640x480).jpg

The outside of the stem though was grimy and oxidized quite a bit, although its hard to tell from the pictures. After a soak in 91% alcohol i gave a good scrub inside and out.100_9834 (640x480).jpg

I did find a couple of deep tooth marks . One was shallow enough to file but the other will have to be filled.100_9837 (640x480).jpg

I soaked the stem in Oxy-Clean and warm water for about a hour and half. Taking it out about every 30-40 minutes and scrubbed it with a piece of Scotch-Brite pad. After last time i went over it with Bar Keepers  applied to damp paper towel until no more lingering oxidation came off on the paper towel  (notice how dirty  brown the Oxy Clean water is and that can tell you how much dark brown oxidation it had).100_9844 (640x480).jpg

After wiping down the stem again with 91% i filled around the tooth marks for the fill to get good adhesion. I don’t like to file around Weber buttons too much as they have thin stems at the mouth because of the large air opening they used. Makes for a very good drawing pipe but its also a weakness of them. A big percent of Weber estate pipes i see have stem button damage or cracks. So its best to fill tooth marks instead of trying to file them out on a Weber.100_9846 (640x480).jpg

I wiped the dust off with another swipe with 91%.100_9849 (640x480).jpg

I mixed up some carbon and vulacanite powder i sanded from a old junk stem. I applied some CA glue to the tooth mark and pressed the powder mix on top of it
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Filled down the fill.100_9857 (640x480).jpg

I sanded the filled areas with  400 , 600, 800,1000 grit100_9861 (640x480).jpg

Then gave the whole stem a  wet sand with 1200,1500,1800 ,2000 and 2500 grit100_9863 (640x480).jpg

The soaking and scrubbing  took some of the black relief out of the Weber stem emblem.100_9868 (640x480).jpg

I colored it back in with a black sharpie. It will come off  when i wipe it mineral oil , any remaining will come off during time on the buffer.100_9869 (640x480).jpg

The bowl and stem are back together ready for a final wipe down and inspection, i also reapplied a thin coat of bee’s wax to the tenon as the wax it had has all been cleaned off from the refurbish.The Weber is now ready for some light buffing and a few coats of wax.100_9873 (640x480).jpg

Finished Weber Virgin Deluxe.1.jpg2.jpg3.jpg4.jpg5.jpg6.jpg100_9879 (640x480).jpg100_9881 (640x494).jpg100_9883 (640x480).jpg100_9884 (640x531).jpg

The pipe is stamped Weber / Virgin Deluxe.100_9892 (640x357).jpg

Also Imported Briar / 375 along with English Para on stem.100_9887 (640x333).jpg

The 375 smokes excellent like all my Weber’s. To me KB&B Yello-Boles and Weber’s are the best bang for the buck  of the old  American made, mass produced smoker’s you can find. You just cant beat a old push stem.

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Thanks for dropping by and checking out my Weber  375.

Till next time,

Good smokes to you.

 

11 thoughts on “Refurbish of a Weber Virgin Deluxe 375 Poker

  1. Nice Weber,Troy. you managed to get plenty of shine on that briar and stem. The oil added a lot of depth of grain. Very nice job. You’ve inspired me to go to my shop and clean up a pipe.

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  2. LOL Thanks Al ,

    Glad i could inspire you :).

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    • Our grandkids came over. So much for well laid plans of pipe cleaning.

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      • Awwww no LOL.
        I got a real crusty old 4 digit Yello Bole in front of me that needs a good overhaul and refinsh . I’m debating with myself whether to start on it tonight or tomorrow morning. I know if i start it tonight i wont get much sleep as it will be hard for me to stop once i start.

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      • Haha! If I start a project late in the day it is not unusual for me to look at the clock thinking it’s 10pm and realizing it is 1 or 2 in the morning. When I’m focused on something I have no conception of time.

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  3. Nicely done Troy. That came out really well. I have a can of Barkeepers Friend here and I have to try it out on a stem I am working on. Thanks for hints.

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    • Thank you Steve and you are very welcome. I find the Barekeepr’s is just a extra step in removing as much oxidation as possible so i can sand the stem less ,saving a good registering stem. It will also stick into scratches and defects in the stem making them easier to see with these getting old eyes lol.

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  4. Reblogged this on rebornpipes and commented:
    Like Troy I love older Weber pipes and find that they are a good value and often overlooked. The grain on this one is a beauty Troy. Very nice work on it. I also like the mix for the patch – vulcanite/charcoal/super glue… going to have to give that a try on a couple I have here. Thanks

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  5. That vulcanite dust worked well, I’ll have to give that a shot. Nice job preserving the stem stamping and on the logo. That one looks new now!

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    • Thanks.
      I find mixing vulcanite powder with the charcoal makes it blend better. Sometimes straight carbon color can be off on a stem repair and makes the repair more visible.

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  6. I have an especial liking for Weber pipes. I can say the same for pokers. This is a dandy!

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