Uglysquirrel wrote:With all the poking discussions though this is related.
Next time you have to stop your fire (Devill says never!!) take a look that the sharp edges formed in the casting process between the top surface of the grate and the ash slots. There seems to be absolutely no radius. Was a thinking a nice approx .030 -.050" radius on the ash slot edges would help ash slip thru a lot easier while still holding the coal back. Getting rid of the sharp edges would also extend the grate life by lowering the stress risers at the edge.
This is could only be done on the hottest of summer days with an air grinder while sing Christmas songs after a case of beer. And wind that grinder up next to your neighbors bedroom window at 9 pm.
Waz the vote, you think this maybe is worth a try ?
I am new to coal burning but the design you state may be intentional . Maybe to help brak up stuck coal better.