Thought you had used malleable gold leaf there for a minute.
Looks good Doug! Is there a baffle part that hangs ofn the hooks in the inside of the stove?
I removed the baffle to have a couple made at my uncles shop (hope he dont kill me on the price), but it seems a few people need them and the design of the baffle was such that simply blocking the flu with a brick does not allow flow of air as intended.
Of course the one HUGE issue i have is this 404 was cranked to heat a cathedral 35x30 room (HUGE mansion in Wellsley, MA.). That was painfully clear as soon as i got to it
The only real damage I cannot fix is the cast iron firepot (I need the friggin mold which I dont have... woodmans stole it!
) anyways... Im trying to find a solution as its the only thing that was flawed in my mind in the design (Chubbys have a circular firepot which holds up better, course the Grate was always the thing in a Chubby that took the "hit", though Larry came up with some great tactics to combat this long time issue) and a Chubby has the drawback of clearances (the stove HAS alot of depth which is why Larry made his own oval top flu to try and lesson that drawback, a 404 can go right into an existing fireplace with no need for hearth extensions, etc. anyways....back to my thoughts about fixing this firepot... I was thinking about jambing a 1 x1" steel barstock into the center of the pot to place outward pressure in the middle (where it warps) and maybe after heating it would either prevent it from getting worst or open it slightly? I was also thinking if i ever made this firepot again id somehow add a center gusset to the casting (Im not sure how it would hold up because it would essentially be a two chamber firebox but it would cost nothing to try since the center gusset could be removed from a mold easy enough to convert it back to its original design (wish dad was around to ask him why he never tried this). I'll ask Larry for some guidance about this issue if and when i ever have the money to go to a foundry. maybe i will make a post about this issue with some photo's to pick your brains also