Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: skobydog On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 2:18 pm

I wanted an opinion on this stove and a few questions.

1) I didn't get a handle with the unit. I think the grate looks ok to use, any thoughts? Do I need to fabricate a handle or could I use something such as welding gloves to grab the small handle?

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2) Seems to be about a 1/4 inch gap between the edges of the cement and grate, is this normal?

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3) Cannot see through the glass. I tried to clean the best I could, is there a better way to clean this ? Do I need to see through this or can I just open the door when needed? If I need to replace, are there any suggestions?

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I also have a question about a damper. The manual shows the damper coming straight out the back horizontally which would probably work in my case. Any suggestions on a damper? Would I benefit from having it? Thanks for any help.


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skobydog
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:38 pm

the grate is fine (its a "pea" coal grate but will burn "nut" if its all you have), the grate center dump is hard for me to see clear (it almost appears brazed?) if that the case a new one is in order because it takes to much stress upon shaking to rely on a braze (get a new one and keep that as a spare for emergency). the glass is fine (you can get some of that rutland glass cleaner or use a buffer if you have one), I would replace the door gasket and glass gasket if your going to redo the stove, the firebrick looks OK... your missing the grate ring but I never liked them anyways and its not needed for "nut" coal (with pea you may find some slip past the area between the firebrick and grate but only you can judge that with the coal you get).

The baffle on this stove is solid welded into it... your probably referring to the damper which it came with in all likelihood (the holes for that MPD should be in the heavy steel flu collar)... it does not matter much where you put it (you will here positives and negatives as to best placement and I don't really have an opinion one way or other (closer to stove ash burns up, farther from stove more radiant heat, etc,etc,etc,etc,etc...) its a debate that has valid arguments both ways so do whats easiest and best for you ;)

Now... If this damb forum happened to have someone from the Crane family who does not mind helping, maybe you could just ask them if you need a new shaker handle or firebrick, etc. ( :fear: oh *censored*... Im a Crane)
toothy just PM me if you need a handle and ill send one out to you in return for contribution to the forum in activity, help to others or whatever you wish... ;)
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:50 pm

Might I mention here the "Help the Old Farmer Fund" :clap: toothy Took you long enough dc
freetown fred
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: HITZER 50-93
Coal Size/Type: BLASCHAK Nut/Stove mix

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 5:58 pm

freetown fred wrote:Might I mention here the "Help the Old Farmer Fund" :clap: toothy Took you long enough dc


I know right... sorry its a busy week for me :cry: (busy is good though... so IM NOT COMPLAINING!)... that Karma is finally catching up for me :clap:
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: fifthg On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 6:03 pm

nice offer,Mr.Crane
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Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM 520
Hot Air Coal Stoker Furnace: Harman DVC 500
Baseburners & Antiques: Reading Foundry & Supply Co.
Coal Size/Type: rice,pea Gale Mining Co Anthracite

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: skobydog On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 7:28 pm

dcrane wrote:the grate is fine (its a "pea" coal grate but will burn "nut" if its all you have), the grate center dump is hard for me to see clear (it almost appears brazed?) if that the case a new one is in order because it takes to much stress upon shaking to rely on a braze (get a new one and keep that as a spare for emergency)
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I hoped to use nut so that's good. The grate center appears brazed and now that you mention it the handle looks like it was also :( .


dcrane wrote:the glass is fine (you can get some of that rutland glass cleaner or use a buffer if you have one), I would replace the door gasket and glass gasket if your going to redo the stove, the firebrick looks OK.
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Gotcha, thanks


dcrane wrote:The baffle on this stove is solid welded into it... your probably referring to the damper which it came with in all likelihood (the holes for that MPD should be in the heavy steel flu collar)... it does not matter much where you put it (you will here positives and negatives as to best placement and I don't really have an opinion one way or other (closer to stove ash burns up, farther from stove more radiant heat, etc,etc,etc,etc,etc...) its a debate that has valid arguments both ways so do whats easiest and best for you
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Not sure what "MPD" means but "yes", I was referring to a damper. After looking at the catalogue for the pipe I'm using it specifically states "Must be installed directly on the stove's flue outlet where applicable". The stove manual also suggests this so that's where I'll put it.

dcrane wrote:Now... If this damb forum happened to have someone from the Crane family who does not mind helping, maybe you could just ask them if you need a new shaker handle or firebrick, etc. (oh *censored*... Im a Crane)
toothy just PM me if you need a handle and ill send one out to you in return for contribution to the forum in activity, help to others or whatever you wish... ;)


I may be able to fab the handle. I'll see how it goes but surely appreciate the offer and the responses :).

I'll have other questions after I get the pipe set (have to order the damper)........more to come............. 8-)
skobydog
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: dcrane On: Sat Nov 02, 2013 8:35 pm

no problem skoby, Crane 44 is as simple and easy as coal gets so im sure you will be fine... post up some photo's or questions as you go :clap:
dcrane
 
Hand Fed Coal Stove: Crane 404

Re: Crane 44 questions of shaker handle and fogged glass w/pics

PostBy: skobydog On: Sun Nov 03, 2013 11:42 am

Please disregard post
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Hand Fed Coal Stove: Hitzer 50-93
Coal Size/Type: Nut Anthracite