I'm a mechanic by trade, so when I hear metal on metal noises, I usually think there's something wrong or something is going to wear out too soon.
The noise the door latch made on my new Hitzer 354 was driving me nuts so I put some dielectric grease (see photo - any auto store has it) on the fixed roller and latch. It's been 2 weeks and the latch is still much quieter and operates a lot smoother.
Any grease may work but I believe this stuff handles the heat better and should last longer.
I also put it on the contact areas of the ash pan latch - works great.
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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