Flyer5 wrote:The way the doors were drilled was a fairly sloppy jig. After we took over a new jig was made and the hinge holes may be slightly different now but more consistent. There is no easy way to machine the new door to fit if it does not.
I took a good look at my door and hinge pins. As I noted in another post, I clearly have a stove made with the older Jig. The hing pin holes in the door are not consistent between the top and bottom.
It's very unlikely a 2nd door's pin holes would align with the same pins. The craftsmanship is superb but this particular part isn't very interchangeable without significant rework of a door with the stove present to fit it to. Something like cutting off one or both ears and brazing (ofter stronger than welding with castings) with the door in position on the stove and ears on the existing pins.
Precision placed holes for the pins would be nice but how many doors really break? My thought of a quick change door was only the result of it being in the middle of one of the coldest years in recent history. A very unusual situation. Fix the stuck bolts and I have quick change parts.
If I had my head on straight and anticipated the problem, I would have used anti-seize compound even though it wasn't mentioned in the old instructions.
I think this spring would be a good time to do a major take down. Spray the blower bolts (and others) with penetrating oil, let it soak in a few weeks and remove them, reinstalling with anti-seize compound. Basically prepare the stove for quick repairs. Maybe I'll have my Coal-Trol FW updated from the original why I'm at it.
I don't consider the cost of replacing the window every 3+ years very significant compared to the dramatic fuel cost savings.
The Pioneer's craftsmanship is superb, well worth the effort to maintain this treasure and appreciate it's beauty as well as its excellent room temperature control.