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PostPosted: Sat Jan 08, 11 7:52 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Brownbear wrote:
It will help avoid cracking if you warm it up with a torch before starting to weld.

heat first and after any welding cool as slowly as possible

cast is a beasty to make a good weld in


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 18, 11 12:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Midland Spinner wrote:
We had a crack in the top of a stove on the boat - the safety inspector condemmed it out of hand on safety grounds. He'd been to 2 coroners courts to give evidence on Carbon Monoxide deaths in the previous year so he was understandably worried.
If you don't have a CO detector, get out and buy one now! Especially if you intend to keep using the stove until the weather warms up - you might want to put a bit of fire cement into the crack as a temporary measure - you'll have to keep replacing it on a frequent basis, but it's what we did before the inspector called.

Yes, a carbon monoxide detector is a must with cast iron stoves, since CO can diffuse through red hot cast iron, and though I realise that probably nobody deliberately heats their stove to red heat, mistakes can happen.

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