smithy wrote:Thanks guys.you too kind actuality the stove was in great condition when purchased and I am a bit ocd and when working in the shop I can't help but fuss a little.
The fire pot needs a root canal. My friend says castiron's not to hard to drill and tap. If I put studs in place where the teeth were I could rebuild with refractory.
As Rob mentioned, Barkeepers Friend (I got some in Hannifords in the cleaning supplies) is great stuff for cleaning anything really. I used it to scrub the enamel on the Glenwood range and also the nickel trim. I actually cleaned up the trivets so well that I am not going to need to replate those. It's in a can like cleanser (powdered) the old Babo or what have you, but it scubs without scratching which is why it's so good. It's actually an old formula made from Rubarb of all things!
I cab understand the OCD bit Smithy. I'm a bit like that too. When I was doing the herald and converting the glenwood this summer, I said I was finished about 10 different times before going back and finding something else to do on them.
In regaurds to your firepot, if you must make a copy (I know, you must ) I would do the very same thing. Lucky for you, the firepot didn't seem to get much use because I think they get harder with heat cycles. Anyway, I'd drill some small holes where those two teeth attach, insert some stiff wire or maybe bits of coathanger and use those as your studs to mold some feux teeth. When I redid the shaker fork for Harry, I just used a jigsaw and some 1/4" plywood. They copied that as the original fork was 1/4" also. That said you could just make some wooden teeth for that matter (like George Washington) and glue those to the pot?
Rememeber that there is some shrinkage. They say it's only 1/8" per foot but my experiance showed more then that. I had add material to the circumferance of my round grate to get one that wasn't smallish. The reality was that my original could have stood to be a hair bigger, so that was probably the deal there.