Brian wrote:First of all this is criminal your problem reminds me of Smittys dealings with hilkoil. Just don't understand how putting a light bulb in your stove will keep your hopper dry. I've had my ALASKA 25 years and my hopper looks like new. Can't believe they won't take care of this.
A light bulb will create enough heat to dry the air, warming the metal and slowing / stopping the rust. I dont blame LL for not replacing the hopper. I buy and refurb stoves as a hobby / extra coin. I see what coal left in hoppers looks likes, and the first pic in this thread is what they look like. I dont want to start and argument and point out things. As I said in my first post, looks like coal was left in it to me. But regardless, It's an easy fix. Make it better. I have an Econo1. It was my first rebuild and the pix are on this board. http://nepacrossroads.com/about12561.htmlThat is gotta be close to 10 years old. Bottom line is that these stove are great. Could changes be made to make them better? Always. But nothing covers up for improper maintenance. It's not a big deal. We all learn from our mistakes. But we try to inform and learn from others mistakes.