Hello all. I haven't been around in a while due to a condition called 4 month old son. Thankfully it doesn't spread fast but it sure does take up a lot of time and energy!! I've made it through this quite well and have been blessed to bring my son home to a warm house heated by reliable cheap coal. My darn oil for that boy!! However, as I move into the summer heating season and do my spring round of maintenance I'm in need of help for burner plate replacement. They were "OK" at the start of the heating season but now they are starting to get pretty bad. I patched what I could with furnace cement but I'm sure that's only going to take me so far.
Has anybody ever done this procedure before? Does the pot have to come out to do it? I'm good with my hands and usually do all my own work but I worry about taking this one on and being without hot water long enough for my wife to kill me. I'm assuming from the parts pictorial I"d need
9435683 Burner plate rope gasket
9436232K Burner plate set (6 of them)
in order to replace them. Any thoughts on how to do it, best methods, and cost would be greatly appreciated!!