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Post By: Rob R. » Wed. May. 16, 2012 7:53 am

Nice job Matt. I pulled the burner ring & grates out of my 520 stoker last night, so now I know how much fun it is. :roll:

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Post By: dcrane » Wed. May. 16, 2012 9:08 am

hahaha, this is a historical post! love it... what a freeekin mess, I thought I put off maintenance longer then most but this dude takes the prize! yaya.... fix it all up new before I get home "checks in the mail" Mahahaha gotta give the guy credit for trying :P

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Post By: Freddy » Wed. May. 16, 2012 10:48 am

MATTHEW D. wrote:degreased the entire stoker unit,
That's the only mistake I see! <joking!> You did a great job. I'm fairly well surprised that it came back from the dead, and with relatively few parts!

Let's see.... My Dad would have joked saying: "Write the bill while you're still pissed off" and "The sign of a good mechanic is one that can rebuild <an engine> without disturbing the original dirt."

You done good! Thanks for sharing the story & pics.

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Post By: nortcan » Wed. May. 16, 2012 11:24 am

Super job Matt. I know peoples restoring stoves in a much better conditions and finishing with poor results. Bravo for it :clap:

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Post By: MATTHEW D. » Wed. May. 16, 2012 6:50 pm

Maybe I should have left some grease after seeing all the water coming in. :lol: Just as I started working, it started to rain. I found a wheelbarrow (with a flat tire) laying outback, loaded in all the parts and found a dry spot to work under the deck. When I finished working on the stoker I tried getting it into the base but it was fighting me and I couldn't get it in myself. Lucky one of his tenants walked by and gave me a hand(BIG HELP). Then onto the timer...pretty simple???. by this time it was raining hard and water was dripping in everywhere. I quickly concluded that there is no perfect(DRY SPOT), so I picked a spot on the wall and started the wiring. Just as I was finishing up the owner stopped in. I pointed out the water running in on all my work. He said its looking good, let me know when you are finished. I finished up, he paid me and I was on my way!!!

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