dlj wrote:Looks like you are doing an awesome job on the restoration! The seal on the back of the stove where the back smoke shelf and the sheet metal join is particularly problematic. I imagine you are going to put some rope gasket there also when you put that together. I'll be very interested in hearing how it works for you. Last year I pulled mine apart there and put furnace cement all around that join and then bolted it back together. Looks good for this year at this point. I don't know how long it will last though. I thought about putting rope gasket in there but there is not much to hold it so opted just for the cement. Let us know how you do that joint.
Another question, did you take the dampers off the doors? If so how do they come off? I've been thinking about taking mine off but don't know how to remove them.
I asked Emery about gasketing around the exit seal and he about had a coronary. He was adamant that it wouldn't be good.
Remember what I did with mine. I used fender washers on the inside and flat washers on the out side. That seal has not budged. The fender washers distribute the pulling force of the bolts over the area of the back plate, yet allows for the barrel and the plate to expand and contract without breaking the seal.
To take off the dampers is an involved process. You have to heat the peen on the inside of the door and drive out the pin from the inside. Then you can replace the springs under the caps, clamp the whole thing back together and repeen the pin on the back.
Maybe someone else has thought of an easier way to do it. If so I hope they share.