QF Castile question...

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Shortstuff, Aug 6, 2008.

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  1. Shortstuff

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    Below is a picture of my Castile with the front cast door open as far as it will go. I see no particular reason why it seems to be limited this way, but it would be much easier to clean if it could open more. My second post is another picture that shows where part of the cast door hits a small metal plate which is what is stopping it from opening further. A simple fix would be to cut a small corner of that metal plate off (about a 3/4").

    Does anyone else who has the Castile free-standing stove also have a limited opening of their door? And does anyone see any harm in cutting that corner off to allow the door to open fully?

    Thanks: Steve
     

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    Do the sides open? On my Santa fe I have to open the left side door before I can open the front up all the way.
     
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    No, the sides don't open.

    Steve
     
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    I have the same stove and my door opens all the way.
     
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    Ditto to Rich, same stove, door opens all the way. I'll look tonight when I get home, hopefully one of the quad guys will chime in.
     
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    Email a user named "jtp10181", he works at a quad dealership and could probably answer your question quickly, he's been a big help to me (not that others haven't!). Makes me wonder if that tab is installed correctly, you may want to check the blow up diagram in the back of the manual?
     
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    Ok, just looked at my stove. That bracket is also on mine, but only restricts the door at about 100-110 degree opening or so. There is some hardware on that bracket, wonder if you can loosen things up and retighten and gain some space? Again, check out that explosion diagram in the manual to see what your dealing with. If you are thrifty, this stove is pretty straight forward to work on, I think I've basically taken my apart and put it back together again. Make sure your warranty is up, you have a local dealer, and a solid internet connection before you putz!
     
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    I have the Castille as well and my door opens all the way.....no restriction at all.
     
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    Thank you for all the replies.

    I'll take a good look at her in the morning and reference the drawings in my owners manual. I'll see if I can either move the part out of the way or just cut that corner off. I was just concerned that it might not suppose to open all the way, but now I know it is.

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    My castile opens all the way, something is wrong with your stove.
     
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    The only time I ever get jam ups with the doors is when the glass door jams up the cast door. This happens at like 90 deg though. Definatly something going on here. Check with your dealer if you can;t figure it out.
     
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    It was an easy fix. I lifted the cast iron top off the stove and that allowed me access to the top hinge of the cast iron door. I opened then lifted the door just enough to support its weight while I lifted the top hinge pin out, then lifted the door off of the bottom hinge pin.

    I then used my Dremel tool to cut out the corner of the metal piece that was stopping the door from opening properly as you can see below. Now it opens all the way as it should.

    Thanks again for all the replies/assistance!

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    Nice job short! I may follow your lead...
     
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    Good job.

    I looked at my stove again and it appears that the piece you cut is shaped slightly different than the picture of yours before you cut it.

    Looks like the factory didn't cut the part properly to begin with.
     
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    Hard to beat a Dremel.
     
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    nice job is right. we are getting a castille in a couple of months and i can't wait to check it out. thanks for the heads up.
     
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    They really are very simple stoves.

    As soon as I got mine home I took off the back and sheet metal sides (on the back of the stove, not the cast iron sides) to have a look.

    Seems to me that they are very easy to work on.
     
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    Yep, they are pretty easy. Just make you have what you need if you make a fix, esp if you are doing something gasketed as the gaskets don't always hold up well if worked on (burn pot, combustion fan, etc). Been there, done that, may just need a dremel to get my burn pot out the fall as I didn't have a gasket and used furnance cement! I hate down time in Feb! Then I'll tell you how to replace the door gasket with the less than $10 cheapy ones, now that was a learning experience....
     
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    Hey you Castile owners....how do you like your stoves?...I have one on order but am waffling over switching it to Harman Accentra...(even if I have to wait longer) after reading the owners manual for the Castile.... I am a bit concerned over cleaning issues (must you shut it off and let it cool down every day to clean out the EZ Clean pot.....it seems a bit much)..I don't mind maintenance some other stoves seem to be able to be cleaned as they are in use.

    Also I am interested in the Thermostatic control...it is completely off or on right?....seems to make sense to me to turn down the burn rate when thermostat stops calling for heat rather than turn off the stove completely...I think the Harmans work this way

    any comments on the stove good and bad would be appreciated!!
     
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    If you are burning clean, premium fuel you shouldn't need to clean it more that once a week. I was lazy with the 1200i and did it every other week. The Castille works with a dependable igniter just like a gas furnace. It turns off and then comes back on when heat is called for. In 5 years of running I never replaced the igniter on the Quad. Some igniters in other stoves have proven unreliable, but Quad has this down. The system works very well.
     
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    Sorry just looking at mine at the moment. Have birds in the chimney and they are keeping me getting the stove installed. I did get to fire it up on the back patio the day I brought it home.(Getting an idea how the stove operates) At 12:30 am, my wife woke me up in my lounge chair and said to come in. Laying in front of the stove put me right to sleep. Works great in august also.
     
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    i bought and installed it myself i have it running on a programable t-stat
    also used cci exell 3" type L vent PIPE best pipe available self sealing.
    stove runs great no proplems so far
    castile was abit exspensive 2699.00 just for stove
     
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    Nice install....since you are in Maine you see the kind of winter I do on PEI....do you expect to run the Castile mostly on High (with the thermostat turning it on and off when required) or on medium, or low?
    I'd love it if the thermostat could switch it from High to medium (or low) instead of off and on...!!
     
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    I expect mostly on high Idon't think it's abig heat producer,like the other models out there.
    i also have another type of heat source
     
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