changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: coalcracker On: Tue Dec 17, 2013 11:52 am

yes I had to do just this on Sunday. Did a routine dollar bill test on the doors on a lark. Bottom door solid seal. Top door- WHAT ? The bill slipped behind the gasket for 1/2 of the door on top/bottom, and was only sealing on the hinge side for half the door.

great- how what ? Hardware store closes in 2 hours. Drove there got 6 feet of 1/2" seal/glue kit made by Imperial.

decided to change it with the fire burning

turned the damper all the way down to closed, opened upstairs 2 BR windows, and side house door, and let air in through screen door screen

removed door, put it on cardboard, changed the seal quickly, cleaned the glass while there, and pinned it back on. The glue dried in 2 minutes because the door was hot. I had to work with heat resistant gloves.

but it's back on and drafting even better than before, the stove was losing some draft around the door bleeding in as excessive over-fire air.

now she's cooking really good- video to follow
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coalcracker
 
Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Standard sealed hot water boiler, hand fed
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Re: changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: coalkirk On: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:02 pm

Well that was quite a feat! The door lock on the Mark series is kind of a cam. I think for a temporary fix, I would have "adjusted" the cam keeper on the stove with a BFH to pull the door in tighter.
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Re: changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: BPatrick On: Tue Dec 17, 2013 6:19 pm

You must have played hot potato when you were younger to prepare for that. Wow. I would have waited until it cooled down and done it because I'd have taken too long and filled the house up with carbon monoxide.

Great job! Very industrious.
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Re: changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:13 pm

Now my secrets out ;) , thats how I clean my glass but if the stove is running fairly hot I cover the door opening with foil so I have more time to let it cool. Keepaeyeonit :)
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Re: changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: MarkV On: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:23 am

You're a braver man than I am, Gunga Din.

Like Keepaeyeonit said (I think)...When I clean my stove glass I have a triple-thick blanket of heavy-duty aluminum foil (I get the wide roll) that I shape to the raised rim around the door opening, where the gasket seals when the door is closed, and just let the fire burn. If I had to do a door repair while burning, I'd likely do the same thing.

You can fasten the foil on with a couple of those small metal spring clamps used for gluing, but on my stove it stays pretty secure just by friction as long as you pinch it pretty good all around the door rim--wearing gloves, of course.

I have a CO detector right next to the stove and it's never peeped, even when I've taken my good old time cleaning the glass.
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Re: changing door gasket on Harman I while fire is burning

PostBy: tcalo On: Wed Dec 18, 2013 12:41 am

Good job...impressive!
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