Living in the Colorado foothills that were completely flooded recently, now having hit or miss power/propane availability and with the want to revisit my childhood memories when an old wood stove in the farm house brought much comfort....... I started out by making every mistake possible to this point.
Craigslist last weekend started it all, and I now own a Coles Hot Blast New 13 (I think). Missing the finisher, the top Nickel plated ring, the small cover for the down tube... and goodness knows what else. I know I will be doing some crack welding, most likely a new drum fabrication, plenty of bead blasting and new plating..... heck, I dont even have a hole in the wall yet.
Having paid a little too much already, I would like to stem the flow of mistakes and start doing this correctly by advise from those that have been there before. Is there anyone knowledgeable to the Coles where I could post some photo's of what I have and get the advise flow started? Suggestions on where I might find some small bits noted prior to starting the fabrication of new? Once I have a viable unit, then I seek advise on the setup and use for either coal or wood.
All Google searches on the subject point here.... so here I am.