Yesterday, after running my stoker for about a week, I just couldnt keep her going, and a good lengthy pull on the cleanout handle emptied a good portion from center of the burner pot. After shutting down, cooling off, and a quick inspection it seems the bottom half of one of the burner grates has broken. I've spent the morning so far scouring through the forum and trying to determine if this is something I can actually replace myself. still unsure about that one - I have yet to figure out how to get all those parts out.
I've browsed a thread or two about replacing the grates, and although it's written clearly, it's also seems to be written assuming the reader already knows how to remove the grates/burner pot assembly, and not for an inexperienced lackey like myself. So ...I'm a bit lost there .... since I dont fit inside the stoker. I really have no clue as to how one even begins to remove the internal parts through that little round door.
I'm curious about a rough pricing for some of the parts required, and where I might look to obtain the parts I might need. hopefully, from a single source to keep parts hunting to a minimum. I would rather fix it myself, naturally, since money is always an issue, and I really should be able to service the stoker on my own anyway. I'm a pretty good wrench, but my stoker isnt exactly a car or truck, and i honestly dont have much experience, other than changing my auger last year, and I'm assuming that it is NOT safe to run the stoker with half of a grate missing ... correct ?