New skins on the Greenfire

sparke Posted By sparke, Feb 7, 2012 at 12:08 AM

  1. sparke

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    I had these skins fabricated last summer. I used the original skins to encapsulate the insulation inside the boiler. You will notice handles on the side. That panel comes off in 30 seconds. When the side panel is removed, the insulation comes out with it. It is awesome to clean the hex and not have to mess with replacing insulation!

    http://s126.photobucket.com/albums/p83/sparkie68/Greenfire-New-Skins/
     
  2. Pat53

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    Nice job, what gauge material is that on the sides? Looks a lot heavier than 16 gauge.

    Pat
     
  3. henfruit

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    I like the way you built them out to hold the inslation in place.I remember with my green wood what a pain the first time i peeled off one side to clean it.
     
  4. sparke

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    The steel is 1/8" thick. I had all the seams welded to make the unit as air tight as possible. One other small change , I put on the high temp silicone evenly and let it dry before the installation of the side panel. So the process to clean the hex is: 1. take out the screw/bolts. 2. Take off side and move out of the way. Clean hex. 4. Re-install side panel, done. No messing with insulation, or scraping off old silicone and adding new. Ironically I finally made this unit easy to work on and I am going to have to sell it. My back can not handle the large un-split rounds anymore : (
     
  5. Pat53

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    Wow, sorry to hear that sparke. Could you just use it with splits?

    Pat
     
  6. SteveJ

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    sparke,

    Nice job!!

    Do you want to sell a set of panels for a Seton W-130 ? Do you want to sell the plans ?

    If you do not mind answering, what was the labor and material cost of the panels?

    Looks like you could start your own fabrication shop.

    Sorry to hear you are going to sell.
    Steve
     
  7. sparke

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    As you know split wood burns like paper in these style units. I have my heart set on a Varmabaronen, but who knows I may struggle with the big wood a few more years. I guess it always comes down to finding the extra $$ for a new boiler. This ole girl has paid for itself many times in the 3 or 4 seasons I have had it. Another benefit of the new skins in no huffing, these panels do not give at all.

    I had the skins made by a local welder. Angle iron and the steel came up to $6 -$800. Labor was under $400. Worth every penny. This boiler can now be cleaned easily. She is built like a tank now.
     
  8. Pat53

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    Sparke, not sure what you mean about the splits burning like paper? I burn mostly bigger splits in mine, but also smaller stuff too and it works great for me?

    Pat
     
  9. Jesse-M

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    .................................Nice................................
     
  10. sparke

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    Pat, splits burn twice as quick as rounds, at least in my Greenfire they do. If I had to burn all split wood, the total usage per year would increase substantially. Also, the burn times would decrease as well. The bigger the round. the better performance I seem to get.
     
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