source for square shaker grate right side for franco-belge

source for square shaker grate right side for franco-belge

PostBy: barryhayward On: Sat Oct 20, 2007 9:55 am

I just found this site. It will be a great help. I have heated before with a hopper fed Reading stove in the 80's in an old stone famhouse. This time I am in a well insulated old post and beam house. I got an old franco-belge hopper fed stove in trade. I don't know anything about them but, the stove is in good condition (no leaks and or cracks grtae and hopper not bent) but the right hand square shaker part of the grate is broken on the corner. Anyone know where I can find a replacement or does anyone have a source? it isn't major so I can temp. patch it. Anyone know a source for making hot water with coal or the stove ? NO MORE OIL !!

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PostBy: coaledsweat On: Sat Oct 20, 2007 10:33 am

Is it a corner on a square ended shank? Take it to a welding shop and have them fix it. A good welder should have no trouble with that thing. If it is cast, it should be preheated to about 800* and then welded. When cooled it can be ground back to size. $20-30 maybe.
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PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Oct 20, 2007 11:41 am

Hello Barry, welcome.

Do a search on this forum for 'water coil' or hot water coil. Or variations of that.

There are a lot of guys on here that heat their hot water with a SS coil in their coal stove. BUT I have no idea if one will work with a FrancoBelge stove. Most of the coils are made for a stove like a Harman, Keystoker, Reading, Hitzer, Alaska, Leisureline etc . These stoves have a single thickness outside wall that is 3/16" or 1/4" steel.

Take a look through the site, you will find lots of old and current threads on hot water for domestic use.

As fo the grate, I too think a good welding shop should fix you up. But there is a company that specializes in old stove parts, do a search on Google for coal stove parts, should find them. Prices may be steep though.

If the parts are in the hundreds of $, Keep an eye on 'papershop' and your local papers, you may find a good used Harman, Baker, Alaska or one of the many other stoves currently in production, so fixing them up is not such a problem. Often a good stove can be bought for less than $500.

Sit down grab a quart of your favorite beverage, and have a good 'read'.

Hope this helps.

Greg L

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PostBy: Richard S. On: Sat Oct 20, 2007 12:06 pm

Which Franco Belge? All of the ones I have seen are smaller units, maybe 70,000 BTU at most. Great for heating a basement or 2 or 3 rooms but that's the most you're going to get out of it.

If it's a smaller unit you might get away with preheting water prior to going into the hot water heater but again that's about it. Probaly not worth the effort.
Richard S.
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