Westy wrote:Looks good Bob, what was the price of the thermostat?
It was about $80 delivered for all the parts.
Alaska sells the whole thing as a kit for about the same, already set up for bolting on. I bought the Alaska first but sent it back due to what seemed like poor design. The intake door was heavy steel plate, and it rode on crude j-hook hinges. When I raised the door with the chain, then let it back down, often it would not drop into place properly and would leave a big gap at top or side.
Frankly, I am not impressed with the Hitzer quality either. The intake door shuts snugly on one side, but the opposite bottom corner leaves a gap. I haven't checked yet whether it's the door or the intake tube that is out of true. Hopefully it is the tube, and after the heating season is over I will take it off and have it planed by the machine shop.
If I were to do it again, like I said in a previous post, I think I would try parts from the Wonderwood 2931 or similar U.S. Stove model. They are perhaps half the price, and I remember my Wonderwood thermostat as being much lighter-weight parts and working extremely well.
Edit: My apologies to Hitzer. I must have been looking in bad light. When I get down close with a flashlight, I can see that the intake door is closing properly.