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Old April 7th, 2018, 01:55 PM
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Does anyone know if there is a optimum distance from the bottom of the drop flues to the top of the fire brick in the arch? I have a home made arch and a 2x4 smokey lake hobby pan. I have a 6" stack about 12' high. I had trouble getting a really good boil in my flue pans. I have some 8" insulated pipe that I am going to put up next year.
Next question is has anyone had experience with the fabricated inverted angle iron grates? I have used cast iron sewer grates for the past three years that I got from the water dept. but as heavy as they are, they are getting burned out.
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About 1/4" between bottom of flues and arch bottom(which is usually insulation not fire brick)

Lay the angle V up. You can weld sections together with more angle on the ends to hold it.
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The bottom of my flues brush against the ceramic blanket. I would prefer them to have a slightly clearance, no more than 1/2"

I welded up my grate out of angle. 2x2x0.25" Vees pointy down and open up. 1/2" gaps between them. No problem after almost 10 years with AUF/AOF
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I also burned out the storm grate in a few years. I have the angle iron v down grate now and it has lasted longer then the storm grate and is still in fine shape.
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Zman, In the pictures of your arch what kind of insulation is under the firebrick?
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How do you get the V in the grates full of ash without warping them on the first strong burn? Seems to me there would be some warpage right away. Hope this doesn't sound like a dumb question.
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How do you get the V in the grates full of ash without warping them on the first strong burn? Seems to me there would be some warpage right away. Hope this doesn't sound like a dumb question.
Remember, heat rises. The pile of coals sitting on the grates for extended periods will overheat them but your first burn will begin to fill them with ash almost immediately.
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Use split brick under flues. Keep brick real close. I use brick so I can run flue brush between flues without tearing up blanket. I have drop flue Smoky lake.
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Zman, In the pictures of your arch what kind of insulation is under the firebrick?
It is called arch board and available from maple dealers.
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How do you get the V in the grates full of ash without warping them on the first strong burn? Seems to me there would be some warpage right away. Hope this doesn't sound like a dumb question.
No question is dumb. I actually filled the angle iron with sand before I boiled with them.
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