Gibratar CFS

Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.
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Post Sat. Mar. 09, 2013 12:42 pm

I have a line on a used one and the current owner is putting together the coal grates have everything there. The current big search is for the coal banking plate anf the link that connects all the grates. Is there a source of used parts and any reason why I can not make the link and banking plate. I am assuming the link is steel and while I do not want to make a banking plate out of cast is there any reason 1018 steel would not work? A bew one is arount 110 plus shipping according to a couple places on the net that have old stock. I can easily get plate steel cut to size from 3/16 to 1/2 and if bosses need to be welded on that can happen though gets close to the price of new but a backup position if the part is not really available.

The thing looks like a beast at 485 lbs and does not have the fan option or a place to put it. I am looking to heat 1000 sq ft so the obvious question is how low can it go and what burn times should I expect?

Oh and a suggestion on a fair price assuming they find all the parts and do not have to buy any other than fresh bricks and door gasket? I do not mean the steal it price but the fair price if all there no cracks etc and the previous parts and a can of paint..

Here are the grate parts they found so far. Where does the box go with the tubes as it is not in the user manual?

Dave.
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Post Sat. Mar. 09, 2013 1:40 pm

Picture makes it hard to tell...but tubes prolly have something to do w/ bricks...retainers or supports...my best guess.
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Post Sat. Mar. 09, 2013 8:57 pm

If the stove is in good shape you have found a gem. In my humble opinion the Gibraltar is the best modern handfired out there. You can probably pick it a up a little cheaper than a Harman because not alot of people know first hand how good they are. If you can pick up a decent used one for under 450 I think you are ahead of the game. Very long burn times, the CFS can hum along at high temps all day long You don't need a blower with this stove , it will also idle down without going out. Word association Gibraltar=Tank

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Post Wed. Mar. 13, 2013 6:02 am

I have a copy of the Gibratar manual which shows all the models, I own a LCC, the monster. I'll post the manual when I get home later today. Dan

You should try a search for Gibratar, I am sure you could find the manual that method, if not I'll post it later...

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Post Wed. Mar. 13, 2013 8:39 pm

Can you take a picture of the crate with the fire brick and the tubes. I am curious myself.

Cannot get a good view of them. Not sure what they are...

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Post Wed. Mar. 13, 2013 8:46 pm

Gibraltar ... the correct spelling.

here is the manual...
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Post Sat. Mar. 16, 2013 3:46 pm

Thanks for the manual. They finally had a chance to see if all the grate parts are there. All is there other than the plate that goes in front of the glass I am assuming it is made of cast iron and looks like it just drops in to some slots. If I made one out of steel possibly 1018 or 1020 would that work as a little piece of steel is cheap compared to the cast part they are asking 110 bucks for a flat plate. Any advise would be very helpful. Dave

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Post Sat. Mar. 16, 2013 11:05 pm

The two plates are called banking plates, you will need two to have enough coal to get thru the night.

I saw them on a few website, kinda $$$. Good luck!

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Post Thu. Mar. 28, 2013 9:50 am

dtzackus wrote:The two plates are called banking plates, you will need two to have enough coal to get thru the night.

I saw them on a few website, kinda $$$. Good luck!
That is why I am thinking about making them out of steel plate from a scrap yard way cheaper if it will work. Any idea if this is a problem. Finally going to take a look at it and buy it if they will come down a bit in price to help cover the missing parts.

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Post Fri. Mar. 29, 2013 10:23 am

Make sure you use cast, I think anything else would crack...esp for the bottom one, top one you "might" be able to get away with not using cast iron.

Good luck, let me know how it works, my top on was bent when I bought mine.

Dan

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Post Fri. Mar. 29, 2013 11:18 am

dtzackus wrote:Make sure you use cast, I think anything else would crack...esp for the bottom one, top one you "might" be able to get away with not using cast iron.

Good luck, let me know how it works, my top on was bent when I bought mine.

Dan
I was thinking the opposite in that I can bend steel and not cast so steel less likely to crack though could burn through but the melting point of carbon steel is 300 to 500 degrees higher than grey cast iron.

Thanks for the tip on yours being bent I will bring a straight edge with me.
Dave

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