wsherrick wrote:On a good quality stove. The doors fit to their mating surface with a perfect fit that is air tight. After a Century of age, neglect and abuse; sometimes they do not anymore. It is a common issue that is easily and quickly remedied.
Most likely as Greg L said, the hinge pins and door latches wear out and sometimes a CAREFUL, TINY adjustment is all that is needed to make the door fit again. Don't go crazy bending hinge pins, you don't want to break one.
One of the bad things about putting rope gasket around doors is that most times this will cause a strain on the cast bracket that holds the door on the pins. I know because I broke a door that way trying to be smart years ago.
If you don't have play in the latch or hinges and you want to assure a snug fit, this is easy. Get some black high temperature silicone gasket goop, get some wax paper. Put the gasket material on the Body of the stove where the door is supposed to fit. Cover with wax paper. Close the door, then allow the gasket to set up for a awhile.
Open door and carefully remove wax paper. Now you have a custom gasket that fits.
With the door closed, get a utility knife and trim away the excess goop and it will be invisible.
Guys, on this issue with the ash pan door not sealing properly. The door has a lot of play in an up and down motion that the other doors do not have. When it is closed you can actually move the door a little near the hinges, it is tight at the latch section. This lead me to believe the pins were worn out. As a test, I took the top small door off and tried it in the ash pan brackets and the small door did the same thing. So this is a bigger problem, the actual bracket is elongated and not the pins being worn. So, the way I see to correct the problem would be to do as William suggests with the silicone sealant for temporary fix and then in the summer I would have to have the holes drilled out bigger and install bigger pins. Am I correct in this assessment?