wsherrick wrote:Couldn't you get a loop of tubing or piece of long, bendable square stock to fabricate the lip part that hangs on the top. Then get some wire mesh to make the magazine shape to hang down off of that top piece. Then get some epoxy or some other molding material and use the wire frame as a support to form the magazine cylinder.
When you get it where it works, send it out and have a copy of it cast. Get two copies-one to keep forever as a master to make other copies of for yourself and all of your other Forum friends who would gladly support you in this endeavor.
And use the second one in the stove.
Would thin barrel slats work to form the body of the magazine mold? After all they use them to make barrels and nail kegs.
Yes, there are any number of ways to make up a cylinder shape. The problem is getting a pattern that will insure uniformity of wall thickness in the final product. My fear is that if the cylinder walls are not a uniform thickness around the cylinder, there will be uneven heat transfer through the cylinder walls that could cause stress on the cylinder - get too much localized heat stress and it leads to cracks.
Getting the wall thickness uniform by hand is not easy. However, it's an easy and very precise job using a lathe, .... ......... of the right size.
Plan A, would be to copy an original, but so far no one knows where to get one.
Plan b, is make a pattern. Since wood work is a major part of my restoration business, I know how, but it would take many hours to make a wooden pattern. I don't specialize in wood turning so I'd still need a wood lathe larger than mine to turn the inside and outside to be uniform. To machine one out of metal - same problem. My machine lathe is not large enough either.
Plan C, while I haven't given up on plans A & B, I'm checking into getting some 6 inch, single hub, ductile iron pipe and see if a machinist friend can turn the top to be a precise fit to the stoves. While the 6 inch pipe will have reduced capacity compared to an original Glenwood magazine, I think that would be the easiest and least expensive route until more can be done about plans A & B.
Not sure why any of the stove shops haven't already "re-invented this wheel" ? The good news is that there are several members on here who are also working on this idea, so between all of us I'm sure we'll come up with a solution. Just takes time to figure out which will be the best method with what's available.
Stay tuned Glenwood owners.