Hitzer ash pan door lever: I do not like it.

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Post by Hoytman » Sat. Mar. 06, 2021 9:03 pm

I don’t have a single door model stove as many of you already know, but I do like the single door. I especially like the lever on the single door and how it closes.

However, I am not a fan of the ash pan door lever and how it closes. In my opinion it needs to be updated to match that of the load door making it easier to open and close.

My ash pan door takes two hands to open and close without anti-seize being applied and even then it is even tough for me to close and I have strong hands and wrists.

It’s really hard for my son to close it, and there’s no way my wife could close it.

I did improve mine by applying never seize before starting the stove, but it needs another coating. I feel applying anti-seize shouldn’t really be a necessary step.

I would really like to see them update the ash pan door handle to match the upper single door lever. It opens and closes so much easier and is much more smooth as well. I think Harman/Legacy have similarly opening door levers.

At least with my stove, some older folks with less strength would have a real issue opening and closing the ash pan door and because of that it could become a safety issue for them.

That is the only real complaint or flaw of the stove that I see.

 
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Post by CapeCoaler » Sat. Mar. 06, 2021 9:18 pm

Should not be that hard to open/close...
Same function on my 503 ash door, single handed no issue...
The wife could do it if she chose to, LOL...
A minor adjustment may be needed...
It is a friction fit so the 'tab' on the handle can be moved back a degree or two...

 
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Post by oliver power » Mon. Mar. 08, 2021 9:03 pm

My ash pan door handle was a two hander. It did not turn hard, but I needed two hands to turn it squarely, otherwise it would bind. A little shot of oil took care of that.

 
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Post by Hoytman » Tue. Mar. 09, 2021 3:10 pm

oliver power wrote:
Mon. Mar. 08, 2021 9:03 pm
My ash pan door handle was a two hander. It did not turn hard, but I needed two hands to turn it squarely, otherwise it would bind. A little shot of oil took care of that.
Thanks Oliver. You described exactly what I am feeling. If I keep it squared with both hands it is just fine.

I bought this stove used and it supposedly only had about 3-4 wood fires in it when I bought it. I believe this was the case. Bricks still looked new with just a little black in them. Must have been small hot fires because the inside of the stoves metal appeared newer as well. Very minimal surface rust and the same for carbon build up. The ash pan door, the washer welded to the handle had not even worn the paint off the door at all. Now I can see some bare metal there now where the washer is welded slightly off center and rubbing the metal bare. I will put some more anti-seize on the door latch and a drop of oil just behind that washer and see if it helps. I believe it will help quite a bit.


 
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Post by Rob R. » Tue. Mar. 09, 2021 4:50 pm

That's it, time for a new 254.

 
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Post by freetown fred » Tue. Mar. 09, 2021 6:10 pm

LOL indeed Billy. :)

 
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Post by warminmn » Tue. Mar. 09, 2021 6:48 pm

smaller gasket? A little filing on the latch?

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