Sunny Boy wrote:
Just wondering how they could work separately in pairs, if the two center grate bars are the same ????
With the #6 & #8 base heaters and the Modern Oaks, the left and right pairs have gear hub positions offset from the other pair, so that the gears will only mesh in pairs, not all four mesh together.
Some fool had re-welded one pair of the original grate bars in my 118. They shortened both bars so that pair's gears then lined up with the gears on the other pair. That made it so that all four gears mesh together. The resulting increased drag of having to shake all four bars together made the shaker handle almost round the corners off the triangular stub ends of the two center bars.
I was able to get a complete set of re-cast bars from Bryant Stove in Maine.
And when Wilson gave me re-cast center bars for the #6 he made sure they were the correct "C" and "D" labeled bars.
Now that I have the new grate I see what you mean, Paul, they are offset. The gears on the right sit behind the gears to the left. I had no way of knowing that until I got the new grate in place today. A poor casting by the way. You can see in the pic both the offset and weak casting where the shaker handle connects to the grate. It will work but it doesn't have much of a bite.
We made a trip down to Bryant's Stove today and I picked up the grate, some mica for the windows (cheaper than on-line), Thermalox paint and refractory for the pot. I had no idea anyone could hoard so many stove parts. Boggles the mind. Very gracious people and very helpful.
I took my deteriorated rear pipe and barrel to Toothaker Sheet Metal to have him fabricate me new ones and had an extensive conversation with him. A dying trade with no one coming up to fill his shoes once he's gone. I'm very confident he can make the barrel and pipe as close to the originals so as it won't be noticeable. He did tell me he could not exactly duplicate the half-round expansion bulge they built into the original barrel but it would be close. No problem by me. I urged him to use heavier steel than the pipe was originally made from and he was agreeable to it and thought it was a good idea.
I should have the stove put back together in a couple of weeks with the nickel work being the only thing left to do and I may not have that done. Very pricey and much of mine remains anyway. Coal dust will hide the flaws.