JRLearned wrote:Does anyone think it's possible to build a handfed hopper into a Chubby Stove? The chubby has a round plate in the top casting that is removable. I've seen the tapered rectangular hoppers that hang just above the fire box on the Hitzer EZ-Flow and others. It seems to be a basic concept. The coal goes in the tapered rectangle and just sits on top of the center of the coal bed. As the coal bed it shaken down or compacts during burn the hopper dumps more onto the bed. With the chubby's round lid opening, you coudln't get tapered without some conical shaped hopper, but just a cylinder (more or less a glorified piece of stove pipe) with a flanged end could hang from the lip of the opening and the existing round plate could site on top of the flange... or something like that.
It wouldn't be a very high capacity hopper and I haven't taken measurements yet, but it might help with Just a little extra fuel for overnight burns. What do you think?
If the hopper tube extended up and out of the stove and sat above the top casting like some conical shape with a heavy steel lid would it be a fire or CO hazard? I wouldn't think there would be any upward draft in the tube. As it is the Hitzers and stoves with hoppers aren't sealed with gaskets I don't think, just a flap on top of the stove or double steel door, right? But, then again they are contained within the stove and don't come up out of it. Opinions on this?
Other ideas on how to get a hopper on a Chubby?
franco b wrote:Stove pipe for a hopper would last about one hour or less. It has to be heavy cast iron. Take a look at the magazine in the Red Cross thread.
Rob R. wrote:It is possible, but probably not practical for the reasons already mentioned. Part of the beauty of hand-fired equipment is the simplicity...if it were me I'd run that Chubby just the way the designer intended.
freetown fred wrote:Yep JR, you now have the designers of the CHUBBY rolling over in their graves You're just chompin at the bit with that new welder! Hell my friend, anything's feasible. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.
franco b wrote:Rob R. wrote: What the amateur has going against him is the difficulty of trying different options and the lack of experience and tooling that the manufacturer has.
JRLearned wrote:franco b wrote:Rob R. wrote: What the amateur has going against him is the difficulty of trying different options and the lack of experience and tooling that the manufacturer has.
And the risk of ruining their investment in an old stove off Craigslist.