SteveZee wrote:You are right that if you are catching pieces of coal, you are (she is) probably shaking/rocking too far. Next time if this happens, let it burn for a while instead of palm smacking it. 30 min or so and that stuck piece will burn up or be soft enough get back to neutral.
Lightning wrote:Update: Got the grate in today.It took a week from US Stove company to get it to me. It showed up just in time too! It was getting increasingly more difficult to get ahold of that nub with vise grips to shake it down. I had to squeeze the vise so hard that the teeth were actually starting to flatten and smooth out which caused it was to slip off. I didn't season the new grate, since most people felt it wasn't needed. Installing wasn't very hard to figure out.
I'll be more careful this time! Don't reef on those grates!!
Short Bus wrote:Possibly build a new shaker handle, maybe one that is more "T" shaped promoting a twisting action not an offcenter pushing motion, like the bent handle you have.