Carbon12 wrote:When I had my Hitzer 983 insert, I warped one of the steel clips that held the fire brick in place at the top back of the fire box. I know for a fact I never piled the coal high enough to make contact with that clip. I did burn the stove hard in really cold weather but never over fired it. Never more than 500 degrees on any measurable surface via multiple stick on magnetic stove thermometers, IR temperature gun and a thermocouple temperature sensing cable hung in the flu damper area above the stove outlet. No worries, the damper plate was removed.
never liked thin clips to hold firebrick in place (stupid, cheapo way to do it... i wont say what other companys do it but im sure you know)... creates air space (however minimal between firebrick and steel plate... we all know that deters radiant heat!), the upper clips by virtue of being in the most hostile area of the stove are destined to fail at some point (folks dont notice it and never replace them as the brick "swims" a little creating more insulating air spaces). The dilemma could be grate removal, the dilemma could be labor costs, the dilemma could be laziness to improve... whatever the reasons its stupid
nothing to do with a Chubby but you all know love "2 cents"