dcrane wrote:Tcalo is correct about the new firepot allowing the grate to sit slightly below the bottom of the firepot (which has some advantages in terms of it not warping and cracking like that in the future), The ring you have is still available for both the new style firepot as well as the old (its not required on either and you will get varying opinions on whether or not this helps or hurts jambing), The tolerance on that ring is VERY close and I'm not sure having such a close tolerance at the point of the grate is wise (I know it works like a dream when brand new with no hot coal bed in it, but I don't know first hand how long it can keep up that way with the inevitable expansion, contraction, slight warping, etc. in months/years to come). If I was you... Im just buying a new grate to replace your broke one and you can try burning this year with and without your old ring and let us know what works best please...
Here’s an update burning w/out the ring. As you know, I last fall I discovered a badly cracked and disintegrating fire grate. So, I ordered a new one from Larry and was surprised that it was delivered so quickly, two days!! Thanks Larry!!
Lit the stove on December 7, 2013 and had nice continuous burn to December 19, 2013, at which point I let the fire die in anticipation of a forecasted 3 to 4 day stretch of 60 to 70 degree weather!!!!
Without the ring, the stove shakes like it’s almost on ball bearings (so much easier when compared to last year with the warped grate). BUT…..on three different occasions the shaker jammed and as a result was rendered useless. I’m guessing that w/out the ring, smaller coal pieces or compacted ash was getting wedged in between the fire pot and grate. This never happened last season with the ring in. To fix, I had to insert a poker with a hook on the tip into the firepot down thru the coal bed, lift up on the fire grate until the jam was dislodged. Not too safe!!!
As far as ash, there was ash that fell outside the ash pan. But not enough to worry about or cuase any probelms. Every week or so, Id just sccop it out.
The temps are supposed to plummet again next week. I cleaned the stove and re-inserted the ring. I’ll report back in a few weeks with how she runs with the ring in.