smokeyCityTeacher wrote:Other than cost - why don't stove makers use stainless for the firebox ?
Surely someone is willing to pay some extra $$ to know that their firebox is indestructible.
Doesn't stainless beat even the best cold rolled for taking direct flame ?
Since heat exchangers are SS it seems that a firebox would be a perfect application.
Through the years several manufacturers have tried stainless combustion chambers on oil burners. They are sheet steel.They do not last. Perhaps thicker would last.
If you duplicated a fire box from stainless how would you make it? Unless it could be cast, which I don't think could be done, then it would have to be formed by welding and machining which would probably rival the cost of the stove itself and may not be as warp resistant as cast iron. Cast iron, if not abused by over firing or neglecting ash removal, will last a long long time.