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  1. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Hey fellow pelletheads! A couple nights ago...I woke at 3 a.m.....couldnt sleep so I was thinking.... The stove I bought (Quad Castille) holds 50 lbs. of pellets approx. My question would be or thought would be....why couldnt I...take some measurements and fabricate and give it a nice stove black color a hopper ext. Not a huge one but one that would have tabs that would lock it into place and hold maybe an extra 20 pounds or so of pellets just for when I am gone overnight etc...? Any thoughts or experiences that some might have done already to their stoves. I would get a hopper extension but they dont sell one for the Quadra Fire Castille model. Thanks guys and gals.

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  2. Czech

    Czech Minister of Fire

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    Alright AW, how are ya getting 50lbs in there? I can barely get 40lb, and I have to sit on the hopper lid to do that! Seriously, you raise a question I've wondered about for some time, I also have the Castile and it sure would be nice to get just a few more pounds in. I suppose you could look in the phone book for your local metal fab co, I've been meaning to do that but was hoping someone made them already price wise. Keep me posted? Just think, two sales already right here!
  3. buildingmaint

    buildingmaint Feeling the Heat

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    My BIG E holds 120 lbs , you can buy extentions that allow you to hold 210 lbs . That is one reason I love my BIG E . I'm not trying to bust on you , but why did you buy a pellet stove that holds so little ? And why do they make pellet stoves that hold so little ?
  4. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    I bought the Castille because of the Quad name....and also one reason I picked the Castille is I do not "need" a large stove...the stove is the perfect BTU's I need. I could of picked the Santa Fe...but liked the Castille. However...given the hopper situation, should I have looked elsewhere because the hopper wasnt big enough? lol I'm a Chevy person....am I gonna pick a Ford cause the gas tank "may" be 2 gallons bigger lol :) Not! lol Fabricating an extension is not a big deal...pretty easy to get done.
  5. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    lol maybe it is 40....I could of sworn i got a lil extra in there lol...but an extension is "definitely" something I want to have fabricated. 60 lbs in the hopper would be cool for me :) I'll keep you posted and post a pic if I get one made.
  6. bit_flores

    bit_flores Member

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    Here are some pics of my hopper extension. I had my brother-in-law (a welder) fab a extension for me about 5 years ago. He simply used some heavy gage sheet metal and welded a basic box, with the top and bottom open. He put tabs on it so it won't slide into the stove pellet bin. My extension holds about 80 additional pounds. He made a lid for it (with handle). I have yet to attach hinges to the lid. I used this extension when I go on trips.

    Hint #1==> Have your sister marry a welder. It's helps when you need stuff fabbed for your projects.

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  7. MainePellethead

    MainePellethead Minister of Fire

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    Nice....now see.....thats what I'm talking bout! lol Thats awesome. Thanks for the pic and words...
  8. moralleper

    moralleper New Member

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    The hopper size was one of the reasons we picked the santafe over the castile. that and price.
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