KingCoal918 wrote:Good eye Doug.
Yes, I'm burning nut and stove. I have access to around 3-4 tons of stove coal in a basement in Milton, free and take it away. Just ordered 100 50lb capacity mesh bags from Uline today and am going to get the mask and shovel out and start to bag it up.
So far it's been working well. I could always break it up a bit if needed. I've noticed some unburned, or harder nut cinder has trapped itself between the grate and the liner on shakedown, and over time, I imagine this is going to further chew away the bottom of the pot.
Is it possible to use stove mud to skim coat it? I had thought of that but figured it was just going to break away. It might not be economically feasible for the small amount required of refractory cement. I'd be interested in trying the stainless ring if any are kicking around. Logically it seems to me that would be a handy addition, though practically maybe not so much.
Any plans of recasting liners? I bet there are a lot of 44s and 88s out there at liner end-of-life after 30 some odd years in service.
You can patch it and it will fail after some years, i have cast new liners for a couple people (i dont mind doing it, but the refractory used is about $80 per bag)... highly scrape resistant. The stainless ring is simply a hoop made of approx 1"x 1/16" stainless strap (bend it around, weld the seam, done) the cast grate then sits inside this ring to prevent any rubbing on the brick itself (ive though about this and its a crappie design... I would prefer to have 3 centering tabs 1"x1/4" welded onto the "V" brackets (this would keep the grate centered as well as keep it from rubbing brick). In your case currently a ring would be nice because it would help block up that gap... (ill see if i can dig one up for you)
gratz on the free stove coal (i would gladly burn ANY anthracite coal that was free
) Stove coal will burn OK in it... just not the temps or the times i could get with it loaded with nut.