Well, just got off the phone and the steel yard isn't going to weld a bar across the bottom of the pot. They claim that they will run the risk of breaking the two tabs in question off due to rapid heating and cooling. I guess since they aren't heating the entire pot it runs a greater risk of being broken just working on two tabs.
I'm going to just run the pot the way it is now without the bar for the time being. I still have the door, lid and shaker rod to buy from Larry so in a few weeks I may add the pot to it.
Yeah, I was thinking about that. I might take a look at it.
I have another question. The thermometer I bought is magnetic but it also came with a screw to screw it into the stove/pipe would it be a good idea to actually drill a pilot hole in the side of the stove and screw the thermometer to it? I know that after a few months of the stove being heated up the magnet will lose it's magnetism I also noticed it has holes for wire I could tie it on there.
I did have one explode on me though. Not really sure what happened with it though but I heard a pop and I turned around and the needle was laying on the floor. I picked up put it back on and it was good to go. It was the weirdest thing.
Looking Good! I'm anxious to see what it looks like painted another color other than flat black. Are you going to keep the cast iron parts with stove polish? I think that would be a nice contrast. Look forward to more pictures. Keep up the great work!