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Ever thought about replacing your glass with a piece of cast iron?

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by hyfire, Nov 8, 2013.

  1. hyfire

    hyfire Feeling the Heat

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    Looking for opinions to replace the stove glass with a piece of cast iron, what radiates more heat?

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  2. St_Earl

    St_Earl Minister of Fire

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    i would never.
    besides liking looking at the flame, i like to see what's going on with the burn..

    and since the vast bulk of your heat is coming from the exchanger, i'd have to guess that any difference in radiance between glass and iron would be basically meaningless.
  3. hyfire

    hyfire Feeling the Heat

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    Doing more research it looks like the glass radiates more heat, so guess the glass stays. I,m just nervous of it cracking, but I guess its proven to be safe. No worry then!
    Last edited: Nov 9, 2013
  4. Lousyweather

    Lousyweather Guest

    dont sweat about it breaking, although it certainly can break, its fairly rare. Usually the result of a family member doing something they weren't supposed to near the stove and not admitting to it.....
  5. Caribfan

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    I agree with Earl. I would never replace glass, not only for looks but so I can see the operation of the stove to help diagnose any problems
  6. Madcodger

    Madcodger Guest

    Ditto. Glass stays for all reasons sbove.
  7. Dgopetactical

    Dgopetactical Feeling the Heat

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    I would never do that. Unless the glass broke and it was temporary to keep the stove running until the new glass arrived.
    Denny
  8. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I was in a pinch my first year with an older VC. The glass was broken in 2 places when I got it, and I was tight for money and needed the stove to run. So for 2 mos. The glass was replaced with 1/4" plate steel. It did the job, and luckily no warps or further damage. In a pinch, yes...for permanent no.
  9. hyfire

    hyfire Feeling the Heat

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    Ya that is a good idea to get up and running, did you feel less radiant heat with the steel?
  10. My Oslo heats my home

    My Oslo heats my home Minister of Fire

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    I can't really say I could feel a difference at all. The sq inch of glass space is so little compared to the stove itself.

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