The welder should stop by next weekend to fix the hinge pins finally. I got thinking about what might make the stove better in the process. What is the group thought about a heated air intake? I am thinking 2 pieces of square tubing running across the top of the stove inside the fire box then down the outside to the ash pan area. one setup going left to right and an identical one going right to left to go into ash pan area on the other side. After hearing on several occasions the benefits of preheated combustion air is this good idea or money for nothing? Appreciate the only cost to me is the steel tubing and my time and the case of beer I am going to give my friend with a welder no matter how little he does.
The second project is a removable baffle to add a bit more to the flue gas washing or does the MPD slow things down enough? My hope is to drive more heat into the sides of the stove. I also want to burn some wood in the parts of the year that all is needed is to take the chill off in the evening and for a couple of hours in the early morning. If the house is 5- or 60 during the day when I am not in it I don't care.
For reference the stove is a Crane 404. All thoughts welcome!