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Broken log set

Post in 'It's a Gas!' started by rshoemaker, Dec 23, 2011.

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  1. rshoemaker

    rshoemaker New Member

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    Hi,

    I purchased a used Vermont Castings Radiance gas stove and unfortunately one of the fake logs broke. It was a clean break and when I put the two pieces back together, there is only a very small visible crack. I'm wondering if there's any way I can repair the log so I don't have to drop $70+ on a replacement piece, or is that a bad idea?

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  2. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    You can try using RTV silicone in the break area & to strengthen
    the repair, install some long decking or drywall screws from one
    side, through the break & into the other side. Do it in an area
    where they are not readily visible. Black RTV will probably look
    better than the red. The repair won't be PERFECT, but should be
    good enough to fool most people...
  3. rshoemaker

    rshoemaker New Member

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    Thanks - I'll look into the RTV Silicone. I'm not sure what the logs are made of, but they're very light weight and pretty crumbly. I could drill a test hole in the back of one to see what happens, but they seem very delicate. There is a small metal shelf in the back of the stove that supports the logs, but the part that broke off isn't supported. Maybe if I use some of the silicone you suggested and support the piece with something that will be enough. I suppose another option would be to figure out how to paint the broken area so it isn't bright-white.
  4. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    Those logs are probably made from ceramic fibers, & they can
    be very brittle & crumbly after years in the harsh environment
    where they're designed to be used...
    If you don't think the screws will work, try some long finish nails...
    You should be able to push them in with your fingers...
    You don't need a whole lot of them to make the repairs...
    Sometimes a Sharpie marked can be used to disguise the break,
    as well...Good Luck!
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