I am a volunteer with the Old Colony & Newport Railway, a railroad museum that operates in Newport, Middletown and Portsmouth, Rhode Island. (www.ocnrr.com
We own a Crane Cooker (model 44, I think, but I am working on memory and haven't checked recently). It is installed in an antique, wooden body railroad car that we routinely operate in tourist passenger service during winter months. It provides the sole source of heat for the main compartment in the car (the remainder of the car being unheated). The car was built in 1884 and we are trying to duplicate as closely as possible the passenger experience from that era.
In recent years the cement liner has failed and the stove is heating poorly; we would like to repair the stove, rather than replace it, due to size issues.
We are looking for advice (or actual volunteer work, if you are interested) on how to repair this stove. I see some advice on the forum about pouring a new liner, but it is unclear how to actually do that. For example, how does one disassemble the stove to get the form in place?
We are a non-profit, low-budget operation, so we are looking for the least cost way to get this stove back at full capacity.
Look forward to reading your thoughts on the situation.