Jotul 118b Side baffle/plates

Stender Posted By Stender, Aug 18, 2014 at 10:48 AM

  1. Stender

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    Has anyone made there own before? I have a UL listed 118b with the 3 hole plates and just find it crazy how expensive the replacements plates are ! Woodsman sells them for like $285 a piece.

    Mine have minimal cracks. Was thinking about welding them to last another season. Good idea or bad?

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    My understanding is that cast iron is hard to weld. If the cracks are minimal you could try drilling a small hole at the end to the crack to stop it from spreading. Depending on the location and size you might also be able to attach a steel plate bridging the crack to help protect that area from heat and relieve some stress there.
     
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    attached are pictures of the side baffles/burn plates with the cracks

    the plates really aren't warped but just cracked... i'm thinking about cleaning them up, grinding out the cracks and re-welding them

    My buddy is a welder and he said it could be done i just need to pre-heat the plates, buy special nickel plated welding sticks and it should be fine

    Also attached a picture of the 118. Just cleaned it up and painted the handle and stained the knob ! can't wait to put this in !
     

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    That's a great stove. It looks very nice with the new paint job. Those plates will last another season. Drill a hole at the end of the crack to stop its spread, even if welding.
     
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    smaller sized hole I'm assuming ? I've got some temperature gauges coming to keep on the stove so i'm not really planning on getting this thing over 500 degrees so i'm assuming it will be fine....
     
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    Yes, a 3/32" hole is fine. It is a willing heater so don't be too concerned if it gets up to 650F occasionally.
     
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    yeah doing research on this site shows it love's to get hot quick ! both of the plates have a long crack that go into the holes of the plate where you hang it ....what should i do there? just leave it? the other cracks like in the center ill drill a a hole to stop it from spreading right?
     
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    Yes, if the crack has reached an edge that is as far as it can go. Drill the hole in the other end of the crack.
     

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