Repairing an Old Parlor Stove

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Tim S
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Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 5:59 pm

Hi, my name is Tim. I have just purchased an old Parlor stove. The stove was made by The Gem Stove Company. The name of the stove is Maple Clarmont. I am new to this so this may be a dumb question but there are some very small cracks on the side of the fire box. How can I repair this? I would really like to restore this stove and use it in my home. To expand on my question, do I have to put new sheet metal on the inside or weld it? Or do I use a firebrick type of cement on the inside? Thanks in advance for any help I can get.

Tim S. in Michigan.

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Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 6:03 pm

I really can't help,but if you post a few pics of the cracks and stove,someone will be able to help much easier.And welcome

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Post Sat. Mar. 02, 2013 6:06 pm

Welcome to the FORUM Tim--there's a bunch of Parlor Stove guys here to help you with that restore--me not being one of them-- :clap: toothy Just a comment though, the only dumb questions are the ones we don't ask. ;)
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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 12:36 am

Two suggestions.
1. Re post your questions in the hand fired section.
2. Please, if you can; post plenty of photos of your stove. It will help to identify it and will go a long way in helping us help you.

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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 3:53 am

I'm going from memory here; We've had stoves with the fine cracks I think you're talking about. They were all the way through the cast iron. I don't believe there was a "fix" to the cracks. It was something to do with the properties of the cast iron from being heated / cooled for so many years. However, I don't see why you couldn't cosmedically cover the cracks, and line the inside of the fire pot with refractory cement. I know we've never lined our fireboxes. Not sure if we've tried any cosmedic covering, or not. I do remember looking into a fix for those fine (vertical, if I'm not mistaking) cracks. We also burned wood, not coal. Oliver
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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 3:54 am

are these cracks in a cast liner or in the cast exterior body of the stove? are these cracks all the way through the piece or stress fractures that are surface only? we really need photo's to help better... if your unsure how to upload some pics here just let us know and we can give some step by step instruction on how to do it.

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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 8:11 am

Hi Tim, welcome to the forum.
Where in Michigan are you? I'm in S.E. Michigan, just south of Flint.

If the cracks are not structural, then you should be able to seal the small cracks.

If you do a search on this forum [search box in upper right corner of page] for 'Refractory' or 'castable refractory' you will find info
about lining the firepot with the high-temp refractory cement. The refractory cement will protect the firepot from additional heat
damage.. and maybe the cracks will stabilize and not grow.

Please post a few photos of your stove, we can help you a lot easier if we can see photos of the stove.

Looking forward to seeing your stove and helping you get it burning
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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 12:37 pm

Welcome to the forum Tim, as others said a few photos would help for the best advises.

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Post Sun. Mar. 03, 2013 1:51 pm

Thanks for all your comments and help. I will get some pictures on line to better explain this. The cracks are so small though I do not think they will be visible. Pictures coming. Thanks again.

Tim S

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