[quote]I notice his grates go in 2 directions, mine tilt forward and back to level, not back from level as well.
It sounds like your grates are working as designed by harman. [/quote]
Yep, that was back in the good old days! Back again folks, with an even bigger problem than lighting coal! Yes, I think the Harman is flat out busted. After 2 days of an aching left elbow, as the shaker arm locks before it brings the grates even and I've tried the manual fix, last night that got the best of things. I had been burning too much coal in last 2 days, way too much rock in ash pan, and last night's shake just dumped and jammed everything with hot coal. I let it die out until today, figuring a piece of stray firebrick or something under the rocker gears. Today it's all cleaned out, nothing in the way anywhere, and it still locks up empty. You can see in pics below how the back grate stays cocked open, and on the side shot hot the arm won't return to even. Is this common with the Harman? Any ideas to fix it? Does Harman even have service people to fix it? Do these arms intentionally lock when they know it's going to 6 degrees soon? (like now) It's basically rendered the thing useless as I'm dumping coal and shake out is ridiculous, so any advice would be dandy!