ASHDUMP wrote:Hi Doug,
Thanks for your reply. I paid $400 for the stove and had all intentions of burning wood but coal might be fun. I've just got lots of wood in the yard from fallen trees from past years storms we've had here in NE. I'm in Foxboro which isn't to far from your neck of the woods and also work just south of Boston too. I appreciate your offer to supply the shaker arm (that is very kind of you).
I do like the idea of grinding down the pieces you described which I will certainly do based on your recommendation. To be honest, I haven't thoroughly looked at the stove to see all the components to it. I'm not sure what all the pieces do and how it works. So I'm sure I'll have questions....
Question 1: When the fire pot is installed, do the coals just stay in the pot itself or do they filter down onto the grate system and burn down there? From memory, the grate system covers the entire bottom of the box but the pot is only centered in it.
dcrane wrote:ASHDUMP wrote: I offered him $400 cash the day he posted it... that almost makes me want to locate an IP and drive to Bridgewater I'll let Karma handle it instead but that's pretty shitty (Remind me to ask Webby next time im sailing in Newport to ban his azz Jokes)
here is the thread with a download of your owners manual Crane 404 Owners Manual (look a few posts down and you will see the download). The coal sits on the grate all the way up to above the firepot when fully loaded (most bank it a bit along that rear removable baffle (that baffle is removable for cleaning purposes... in the summer you can take it out and shove your vacuum hose right down the pipe )
I probably wont get out to Foxboro, so leave me an address you want a shaker handle sent to and I will drop it in the mail for you (all I will ask in return is for you to make an effort to either make a thread with some pics of your set up, or make an effort to help another on the forum sometime).
lsayre wrote:Super looking stove! But am I missing something? I don't see any firebrick.
What is the nominal BTU rating of a Crane 404?
dcrane wrote:I should let you know there is a few things you can and should do since your grate sys is brand new... I would take the time to get some some high temp grease and grease up the one piece (called the stop shaft) that goes through the side wall of the stove. also... take out the firepot and lay it on the ground on its side and use a 5" grinder to lightly grind/smooth up the side nice (especially just below the "Lip" that it rests on)... you want that firepot to slide in and out of the stove nice and easy and smoooooth (these are things I would have done at the factory on every stove I let out the door, but you cant be sure THIS stove had it done).
If you want to get really fancy you can smooth the bottom of each finger casting were they make contact with the stove (grease is useless here because it will burn off in a day, but smoothing the contact area will make the grate function nicer for decades to come).
If you get some high temp grease you can hit the hinge pins for the doors (just a little wipe on the pin itself here, don't use a gob and try not to let it hit anything else but the pin or it becomes a dust collector).
dcrane wrote:lsayre wrote:Super looking stove! But am I missing something? I don't see any firebrick.
What is the nominal BTU rating of a Crane 404?
it has a cast liner (you can see it sitting separate in the bed of his truck), it slips in the top door and rests on the lip. The BTU rating is 60,000 (but that's a very conservative rating for this stove)
I notice the four marks on the top plate of the stove (this person had the cast iron trivet top and water heater coil)!!! did he give them to you?
OneDollar is right, this stove with anthracite nut is a beast and you will never burn wood in it after using coal. If for some reason you can obtain cut, split, seasoned hardwood delivered and stacked for free than maybe it would be something to think about (In which case you do not need to install that cast liner and you can even pull out the entire grate system (except for the stop shaft that goes through the side wall of the stove).
dcrane wrote:yes $400 was a bargain for that stove (it will last a lifetime), I did not really need the stove so much but the firepot really (because your firepot is brand new it would be useful to me to have recasts made from it)... its not a huge deal but their are many people who do not have that firepot and it cost about $495.00 to replace it. The 6 pieces of glass you got cost $200.00 alone, the cast decorative panel set on that stove was a very expensive option back in 1980. This stove has built in heat plates, adjustable feet, removable baffle, an external shaker system that is extremely expensive better than any round grate you will ever see (it is bullet proof and resists clinkers and dead spots like no other, if you notice the slight wiggle between each of those sliding fingers that is to allow clinkers to slip through as the sliders are grinding back and forth). To replicate that stove today would cost thousands of dollars and its simply not done by anyone as you can see in this thread Stove moves while shaking down
You got a great deal!