Kent Tile Heater - firebox rusted, can it be fixed?

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  1. dmarriner

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    Hi All,

    I'm completely new to combustion heaters but recently moved to a new house with a Kent Tile Heater installed. I decided to find out why the flue damper was jammed open and unfortunately discovered that the front third of the secondary combustion chamber has rusted away and I think also the mounting ledge for the flue has also rusted and the flue has fallen down in to the chamber which is preventing the flue damper from moving. I will try to get some photos but I'm wondering can this be fixed and is it worth the effort, or am I up for a new heater?

    cheers,

    Dave
     

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    Photos to see the extent of the rust would be great. That Kent is an awesome little stove. If it can be repairs by a welder and some steel for a hundred or two, I'd try my best to fix it up.
     
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    Based on the photos I have seen of the Kent's secondary setup and damper puck, I am guessing that restoring it would be difficult. You might have an easier time of locating a nice used one that hasn't been left to rot. Photos will help us better assess this. Can you include one looking into the stove from the flue pipe outlet?
     
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    The Kent was a great stove in it's time but probably not worth fixing for the effort it would take. I would look for a more efficient stove that doesn't need such extensive work to fix.
     
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    I'm gonna weigh in with the "don't fix" crowd on this one.
    That stove was not heavily built and at 25 years old is ready for retirement.
     
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    I managed to get the flue loosened and out a bit so here are some pictures.

    view of secondary chamber from the front

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    view through the flue hole

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    view of the rust hole at the rear of the flue

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    cheers,

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    stick a fork in it, it's done...
     
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    Yep, that one is toast - RIP.
     
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    Sweet deal. That would make a nice donor stove is there was a family in need in the area.
     
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    If I had that much energy I would lug it out here.
     
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    Beg to differ with you, Craig. The firebox is 1/4" and secondary chamber is 9mm (just shy of 3/8"). I'd say that's pretty stout - thicker than any other steel stove I've seen. What it doesn't have is all the weight added by air channels around the body, and firebrick.

    Wish I could grab that unit in DC. Would be nice to have a backup firebox.
     
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    Thats what I was afraid of. I do have access to a workshop and some pretty handy fabricators in the family, any major reason we couldnt replace the rusted parts or even fabricate a complete new firebox?

    cheers,

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    That stove is in kinda rough shape. If it was me and I had access to a metal shop, and I didnt work 60 hours a week, I would try to spend time fixing it up. I grew up with one, so it would be more for nostalgia and to have a nice easy to use stove to tinker with. Of course, you could just try to find a stove for 3-400 thats in better shape with less abuse.
     
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    That inspirational photo of a newish TileFire looks vaguely familiar. Good to see that they are doing a nice restoration. That one looks in way better shape than the rusted-out box of the OP.
     
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