What a wonderful bunch we have on this site. I learn something new every day.
Wilson (member wilsons woodstoves) has been working on a project to make new fire bricks for ranges. I received a box this week of several bricks to trial fit in my Glenwood range. However it seems that mother nature is not cooperating, so the range won't be shut down just yet.
In with the bricks was a strange looking gadget. It's kinda like the praying mantis of stove cover lifters !
After I figured out it wouldn't bite me ,I tried it and it works. Its nicely decorative and cool in a unique way. (see pictures).
Then in a pm today, Wilson let me know it's special purpose. Not only can it lift the round covers, or I's ,or T's, it can lift three at a time. If anyone has ever burned long wood in a kitchen range and wants to get as full a load as possible, the best way is through the top, but that means moving plates one at a time with the standard lifter.
With this lifter it can lift up both covers over the firebox by just hooking it into the "T" support plate in between them and then squeeze the handles together as you lift.
All these years I thought I'd seen all the tools one would need to operate a range, both wood or coal, but leave it to a long time wood burner and stove restorer to teach this old dog a new trick.
Thank you again Wilson !
Edit. My apologies. I didn't realize how poor the pictures were until I uploaded them. Changed camera to correct setting, reshot and uploaded better pix.