Broken Triplex Grate

Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: Josie Wales On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:44 am

I have a Sunbeam Cabinet Heater made in 1929 by the Fox Furnace Co. After three weeks of heating I found out I had a broken triplex grate.I found out from earlier experience not parts for this old stove are available and I contacted Dave (ddirkes@tomahawk.com) and Tomahawk Foundry for a replacement. I sent a picture with measurement and was quoted a price. I shipped it off and two weeks later received the new cast grate. It was a perfect fit and my stove is up and running. The cost was $110.00 and that included return shipping!
When I first decided to restore my old stove my shaker grate was badly warped and broken in two places. Dave told me if I could make a model he could cast it. I made a wooded model of the grate and the casting from such a crude model was perfect. If your stove is hurt Tomahawk may be the prescription to bring it back to life.
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Josie Wales
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Sumbeam Cabinet Heater
Stove/Furnace Model: Fox Furnace Series X-1

Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:50 am

Nice job they did too.

Paul
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Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: Freddy On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:50 am

Amazing.... and very cool!
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Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: michaelanthony On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:55 am

Nothing better than having faith in people and then the wow factor when our expectations are overshadowed by the efforts of others! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: wsherrick On: Sun Dec 22, 2013 11:58 am

This is why the professional stove restorers use this place. They can cast almost anything as long as you give them something to work with.
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Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: chas On: Mon Nov 17, 2014 12:58 pm

Can you get me information on how I also can get a grate repaired or made.

Thanks
Chas
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Other Heating: sunbean cabinet heater

Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon Nov 17, 2014 1:47 pm

chas wrote:Can you get me information on how I also can get a grate repaired or made.

Thanks
Chas


If it's snapped in two like the one above, very often a matching hole is drilled in both pieces and a pin epoxied into the holes to re-join them. Next the joint is filled and sanded smooth. Then that glued together grate bar is sent to a foundry to be the pattern that gets pressed into the casting sand mold.

For warped grates, they can sometimes be cut into short sections and pinned and glued back together in a straight line to used as a mold pattern.

Paul
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
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Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: chas On: Mon Nov 17, 2014 5:53 pm

Paul
I understand what your saying but the only problem isthat the broken piece is
missing Do you have any more suggestions. There wasone guy who found another
guy on this website that fabricated him a new one, but I cant seem to find him even though
it was a year ago.,

Thanks for the help
it was apprecieated
Chas
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Other Heating: sunbean cabinet heater

Re: Broken Triplex Grate

PostBy: Sunny Boy On: Mon Nov 17, 2014 6:28 pm

Chas,

If your stove uses the same grate bars as Josie's, try a PM to him and see if he's still active on the site. Maybe you two can work out using his wooden pattern grate to cast more.

If that doesn't work, have you tried contacting Woodmans Parts Plus ? http://www.woodmanspartsplus.com/

They may have a grate that is close to the same size that you can modify for use, or as a pattern ?????

http://www.woodmanspartsplus.com/4865/S ... iplex.html

Paul
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Hand Fed Coal Boiler: Anthracite Industrial, domestic hot water heater
Baseburners & Antiques: Glenwood range 208, # 6 base heater, 2 Modern Oak 118.
Coal Size/Type: Nuts !
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