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P61 installed with Pics

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by rap69ri, Nov 12, 2008.

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  1. rap69ri

    rap69ri New Member

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    I picked up a used, and pretty rough looking, Harman P61 last week. My brother and I tore it apart, cleaned all the fines, dust bunnies, and thick buildup of carbon on and in the burnpot. We also had to drill out about half of the holes in the burnpot that were clogged with carbon. Over the weekend we sanded it, painted it, and put stove ink on the inside to make it black again. While the stove looked bad when I checked it out, all of the main components worked so I knew it was worth a few dollars.


    After the cleanup and painting, it was time to burn off the new paint. All I can say is holy s@#t this stove burns hot.
    We installed the stove last night in the spot where my Englander 25-PDVC had been. The PDVC is going into another family members home so I didn't feel too bad about removing the old girl, and I know I'll be the one fixing her if/when anything goes wrong.

    The wire behind the stove is a thermostat wire that I have in series with the Room Temp Probe. Hopefully it works out well.

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  2. rap69ri

    rap69ri New Member

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    Fianlly got the camera working to take pics of the new girl churning away.
  3. Xena

    Xena Minister of Fire

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    Cell phone pics? They're blurry so I'm assuming.

    Stove looks good from what I can tell but I'm
    wondering why you put it so close to the railing.
    If you ever need to open that side panel for
    something minor you'll wind up having to yank
    the entire stove over to do it.


    Enjoy!
  4. rap69ri

    rap69ri New Member

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    Yes cell phone pics, sorry for the blur.

    I'm waiting for different piping to come in so I can center the stove on the Hearth. It just meets the 10" minimum with the side shield as it is.
  5. swalz

    swalz Feeling the Heat

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    From what I see the stove looks like a new stove, nice work.

    Do you have any before pics?
  6. rap69ri

    rap69ri New Member

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    Natuarally I though about that after I painted it. Duhhhhh!!! Maybe with my next beater I'll think to take pics first, and thanks for the compliment. It's amazing what 10 hours of medium duty can do.
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    Broke down and used the wife's camera for decent pics, sorry for the earlier blur. Damn phone cameras!!!
  8. imacman

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    Nice job Rap....the stove looks like new! Although I didn't have as much work, I also bought a used stove (from dealer), and cleaned it up. The town inspector thought it was brand new.

    Yep, the new pics are 200% better. Are you going to shorten the OAK tubing once you get the stove in it's final position? Shortening the tubing (and straightening somewhat) should help it draw better, I would think.

    All in all, though, a great job!
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    tinkabranc Minister of Fire

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    Nice to see pics of a Harman brought back to life.
    Looks like new again.
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    rap69ri New Member

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    Thanks for the kudos, but it was a fun project. I'm already searching for my next beater to beatify.

    The OAK isn't connected yet, I'm waiting for an adapter to be made at a local muffler shop to go from 2 7/8" to 2 1/4". Once it's ready I'll shorten the OAK as much as I can, while still being able to move the stove to work on it if necessary.
  11. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    Nice Job !! I also did the same with a P61 I picked up last year. Liked it so much I sold my Advance and burning the 61.
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    Kenny1 Feeling the Heat

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    Very nice - great job on the paint!
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    nice, that looks as new as my P61a.
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    rap69ri New Member

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    Thanks for the thumbs up from all. I can't wait to do it again ;-)
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