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Peter Newman

Clinker breaker issue

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Hey all,

I have another Old forge table I am trying to rehab.  I believe this table is a Champion no 8.

it came with original 400 blower that still works and the firebox with is pretty solid still. I located a tuyere from the same era.... and it matches some pictures i have seen...but i have not seen this kind of grate on firebox before in the pic you will see that it dips down into the tuyere about 2 1/2 inches. This Clinker breaker actually come out of the tuyere about 1 inch.... So I have a problem.... other than that it mates up well and once i get it drilled and threaded i can mate them up..... but before i do that anyone have any genius Ideas about what to do about the Clinker breaker?

 

 

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The breaker is meant to swing in to the outer slots so if they are not a matched pair you can always make a spacer out of some pipe to get the correct height.

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I'm no expert, but I think that that's the way the whirlwind firepots were designed. I have one with a seized up clinker breaker; I just use a pick to go in from the front and poke them down. 

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Thanks Foxfire thats kind what i was looking at as it does make contact with each slot not sure if it lines up or not as i have to hold it up there and rotate as same time. need that third hand!

 

 

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That is what it is. I have never used one that seems to work. I have never seen a new one. What I see is what you have. The clinker breaker swings side to side under the slots. The weighted handle keeps it centered. Problem: the clinker breaker is 1/4-1/2 inch UNDER the slots.  What does that do for clearing the holes? 

The one I use time to time must be cleared out with a fire poker. 

So looking at the Canedy Otto brand this weekend.  It has a ball with a slotted hole. It rotates side to side. So what on earth clears ckinker from the slot? Rotating it side to side? ? ? ? ?

So the one I built is similar to centour forge.  A ball.  Rotated inside a slot. It chews up everything in its path and spits it out the ash dump. Only one that makes sense.

 

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I imagine that the slotted ones break the surface tension on the hot, molten clinker. Thats just a wild guess, though. 

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In that forge I think it is more for diverting the air flow to different parts of the fire than it is for breaking clinkers. 

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It does something....else. That is sure. It don't break up any clinker to my knowledge. I should take a pic of my ash dump pan. It is pea sized and smaller ground clinker and a small bit of coke.

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My clinker breaker is exactly like that. Never used it tho. My clinker never ends up stuck in the slots. When I'm lazy, I sometimes end up with a clinker that is a foamy impression of the bottom 2 inches of my firepot, but still nothing in the slots. I'm guessing that's more a characteristic of the coal I use (which has always been the Saltfork Craftsmen coal).

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My buddy has the same pot and it works fine although he likes to use a grate partly cause he doesn't need a fire that deep and the handle isn't easy to get to. I know the breaker works well because I burned up one of his grates...

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