LsFarm wrote:Hi Eddie, have you determined why there is that middle hole in the divider plate in the original and in your repro plate??
Can you laser the indirect pipe and detect the 'hot spot' where the exhaust is coming through the middle hole instead of making the full distance to the bottom of the indiect pipe, and making the 180* turn through the inverted 'U' ??
I'm a currious guy,, I'd be tempted to 'experiment and make a temporary plate to cover the intermediate hole, and see if that results in hotter temps at the base of the stove, expecially in the cast iron base, I'd think it might make the stove a better heater..
So can you tell the difference in the room, is the stove heating the room/house better??
I think the middle hole in the divider plate is for safety....the lower half oval will fill up with ash and crud if you do not check it and clean it. The Crawford indirect stove that I heated with early in the winter was full of ash in the indirect back pipe ( when I bought it ). If the indirect damper had been closed the stove would have vented into the house. The indirect stoves have a clean out door at the base of the back pipe. Clean them early & often....
I know where the middle hole is from my pattern and can find it with the laser temp gauge.
I think I will add one more damper plate to the middle hole. All I need for parts will cost less than $8.00 . I think the stove would put out more heat also.....
The room is much warmer... The stucco / block wall behind the stove is hot to the touch. I did not take a temp reading before. The wall now is 135*F, the mid back pipe is 350* F, the top of the barrel is @ 540*F and the flue pipe is 210* F.