grate or not

cmurf70 Posted By cmurf70, Jan 20, 2012 at 11:27 AM

  1. cmurf70

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    Do you guys run a steel grate in the bottom of your old stoves or just build your fire right on the brick?
     
  2. Redbear86

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    From what i've read the grate is mainly for burning coal, to allow the oxygen under the coal. Wood is suppose to burn better sitting directly on ash/sand/firebrick.
     
  3. BobUrban

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    My defiant has ridges cast into the bottom plate so I filled those low areas with sand to protect the bottom of the stove and burn right there. From what I have learned here these stoves are designed to burn wood right on the floor of the stove so a grate is a no no.
     
  4. fox9988

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    Burning on the floor of the stove will give you much longer burn times, that's what I do.
     
  5. cmurf70

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    Thanks for the replies. This site is very helpful.
     

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