ddahlgren wrote: dcrane wrote:
Carbon12 wrote:As long as the stove is level and secure, raising it is a non issue, for the most part. Emphasis on the secure part of that equation cannot be over emphasized.
perfect answer^^^, the thing they worry about mostly at U/L is legs with hollow areas (tubes for stove feet with no air way and closed off so to speak), i personally dont even think that would be an issue (it just would not get passed U/L approvals in many cases). In the case with the 404, probably best to make a cinderblock pad and make sure the 4 legs sit on the cinder block (as if it was the hearth) because the 404 should have a built in heat plate under it (this heat plate was not made to take the weight of the stove, the feet were!) .... again.... level, strong, secure as Carbon says!
Thanks for the tip on the feet!
I am going to look at the 404 that is in another thread buy it and come back during the week to pick it up any ideas on safe lifting points? If I lighten it up by taking out grates fire pot baffle and door what do you think it might weigh?
you can take off the doors (open them wide, give upward pressure as you wiggle the door slightly back and forth), you can remove the baffle its its their (simply lift up on it and out), you can take the ashpan out, you may or may not be able to get the firepot out (open top door, lip cast in on either side of firepot to get a thumb grip as you try to lift it OR use a cats paw/thin wide pry bar and try to wedge it under the front lip of the firepot VERY CAREFULLY so as to attempt lifting it but NOT so much that you snap the lip... ive also fliped the stove on its top to try to get a firepot out and worst case is you need a mini hydrolic press to wedge between the grate and firepot to lift it. bottom line is this.... if the firepot is OK but you cant get it out, use it for a decade before dealing with it! (if the firepot is damaged that you cannot use it the worst case is you take a heavy hammer and smash it out/crack it/chunk it out OR if your good with a torch you can burn it out (but trust me... this is cast in a limited area and you need to have some experience with a torch to do it or you will make a huge mess.)
as far as lifting points... not a concern at all... grab it, strap it, etc. where its best for even weight distribution to prevent tilting (take doors and blower off and you could throw it off the roof and your not going to hurt it.