Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

PostBy: newbie in ny On: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:14 pm

Getting ready to fire it up and noticed a crack all the way down top to bottom on the glass. It was fine when I shut her down and got her ready for summer.
Can I still use the koker until I get a replacement? What would have caused it? Do they eventually weaken in time?( It is probably four or five years old)
Thoughts and comments?
newbie in ny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite

Re: Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

PostBy: 2001Sierra On: Sun Oct 20, 2013 9:22 pm

I have a spare. I would not use my stove if it was not as configured from new. Safety is always the way to go. Sorry to be so negative to less than perfect.
2001Sierra
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Stove: Keystoker 90 Chimney vent
Coal Size/Type: Rice
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Re: Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

PostBy: samhill On: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:18 am

I found a crack in mine right before I started it up several years ago, didn't want to postpone the startup so I just put a good smear of high temp silicon on & worked it in with my finger on both sides. Got a new glass & maybe one of these days I'll get brave enough to attempt a change but those little bolts look like snappers to me so it will be after a shut down for sure.
samhill
 
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Re: Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

PostBy: Pacowy On: Mon Oct 21, 2013 9:43 am

samhill wrote:I found a crack in mine right before I started it up several years ago, didn't want to postpone the startup so I just put a good smear of high temp silicon on & worked it in with my finger on both sides. Got a new glass & maybe one of these days I'll get brave enough to attempt a change but those little bolts look like snappers to me so it will be after a shut down for sure.


x2. I've had bad experiences with bolts that hold the window glass becoming fatigued and breaking off with very little force applied. I have no direct experience with those bolts on a Koker, but I agree with samhill that a temporary seal should be ok, and that you should allow time for things to go wrong when changing the glass.

Mike
Pacowy
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: H.B. Smith 350 Mills boiler/EFM 85R stoker
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Re: Got ready to get the Koker fired up- noticed glass cracked

PostBy: newbie in ny On: Mon Oct 21, 2013 7:46 pm

Thanks for the advice Sierra 2001, I'll order a replacement with a spare. In the meantime, I'll take Samhill's and Mike's advice with the high temp silicone and wait if possible for shutdown to try replacing it.
Darlene
newbie in ny
 
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Keystoker 160
Coal Size/Type: Rice/Anthracite

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