Please sound off if you have done any of these mods and what problems it has caused // benefits it has brought // how you would have done it differently.
poll question following up on Griz2's MODS post
#1) REMOVED REAR FIREBRICKS TO GET MORE HEAT OFF THE STOVE?
I am considering removing the rear firebricks in my 30-95 to see if it will draft naturally w/o having the blower on. This mod was suggested by Grizzly2 (see: Re: Big Hitzer 30-95 Mods.) a while back and someone else chimed in that they had done it on their 50-93 and had seen no indication of burn through.
Some of the folks on the Hearth forum have warned against doing this same mod in the 13-NC wood stove (which I also have and considered MOD-ing) because of possible burn thru.
#2 INSTALLED A BAFFLE FOR WOOD BURNING IN THE SHOULDER SEASON TO KEEP FLAMES OUT OF TUBE?
#3) INSTALLED 2NDARY TUBES ACROSS TOP OF STOVE ?.
As with most hypothetical mods, In theory it seems very doable. Drill matching holes on each side and install a spinner vent (line on Kodiaks or Harmons) those spin controlled holes would feed both ends of a stainless tube with holes in it. When burning coal you just shut em tight - or leave em cracked just till the volatiles are burnt off.