dlj wrote:pma wrote:-didn't realize coal falling into backburner backpipe would be a problem-you may be right about coal related grate function.
Don't think grate would be an obstruction to wood though- it's pretty flush. In fact the two tabs on your backing plate that the grate sits onto (assume you have these tabs) stick out further than the grate itself. I'm still baffled that you can bolt grate to backplate/jacket/backpipe AND/or cotter pin it securely in place onto the two tabs of the backing plate....seems reduntant
- I didn't know if you were missing the backing plate along with the grate or not. Some of these stove pics here...forget which ones, are showing stove backpipe just bolted to jacket with no backing plate....in which case, I could see sealing problems.
Sounds more and more like the grate in the back was an option. I do have the tabs.
I don't think I'd spend much time thinking about the redundancy, that was much more common back then. Especially if the back grate was an option. Certainly if I didn't have the backing plate, that could be part of the seal problem. My backing plate is original in cast iron. It's in quite good shape. I took it apart last year and did a re-seal on that back joint and then bolted it back together. I was surprised at how good a condition my backing plate was in - I was expecting much worse... I mean, the stove is about 100 years old and that location takes a lot of heat...
I'd say you are likely right...