Gary L -
As I said in an email, I have found your stove a few times on the internet and each time I think it's another one, only to find that you have the one real deal. and it probably looks like a number of people are looking for shaker grates for that stove and its probably me coming from a few different directions
I am using a tire iron \___ shaped to poke through the ash to create air flow. I'm getting better at it and am keeping the fire going with reasonable heat but I'm getting less heat than with the old grate before it disintegrated.
the grate I have now does NOT have the tab that provides leverage to move the grate side to side. I agree that that is what eventually breaks the grate. But if you don't, the ash builds up and chokes the airflow.
I had a steel insert cut for me that is 17" in diameter and shaped like a doughnut with a 12 1/4" inner diameter. this sits on top of the ring that is part of the stove. that ring has a 14" internal diameter. so there is only 1 3/4" difference which is less than an inch at each point. the fire bricks rest on the insert.
Seemed like a great/grate idea but without the ability to do the side-to-side shaking, ash builds up on the sides and back.
What is considered 'proper' maintenance?
- poking down from the top of the fire
- sliding the slider piece in and out
- rotating the grate back and forth
my experience is that all three are valuable but without the last, you can't fully shake down all the ash.
am I doing something wrong? or not doing something else I should be doing?