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Post in 'Vermont Castings & CDW Dutchwest older Models' started by dyerkutn, Jan 19, 2013.

  1. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    I have an old Dutchwest India 224 CCL stove. Last year you all were an incredible help getting my bearing on this thing and helping me when I needed repairs. I love this stove. Never had a stove till I moved to this house and it was already here. The front end of my house heats very poorly from my forced air system so I run it whenever I am home for some length of time (I work a lot and am out some evenings) and as someone mentioned it is a little work horse--though not big enough to heat overnight. I love how funky it is with all the knobs and the doors etc. even thought it looks awful and is kind of a pain to run. Anyway, the center part of the grate ( the non-moving part) has partially caved in. When I cleaned it out this fall I thought there were some old coals and when I banged on it the metal literally crumbled.

    So I happened to recently be in the neighborhood of a wood stove store and took a look at some of the beautiful new high efficiency easy to use stoves and there is also now an incentive in Mass. to get a $1000 voucher for an EPA approved stove.

    However, I recollect from being on this forum last winter that some people with experience with the older stoves were disappointed when they purchased a newer stove.

    So my questions are--is is possible to replace that middle piece of the grate? Does its crumbling indicate that its lif
    e is over? And if so, any advice on replacements would be appreciated knowing that this site is partial to VC.

    Please keep in mind that I am TOTALLY not mechanical or a builder so it is either have someone else work on it or buy a new one.

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  2. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    I posted this in classic stoves but maybe this is a better place

    I have an old Dutchwest India 224 CCL stove. Last year you all were an incredible help getting my bearing on this thing and helping me when I needed repairs. I love this stove. Never had a stove till I moved to this house and it was already here. The front end of my house heats very poorly from my forced air system so I run it whenever I am home for some length of time (I work a lot and am out some evenings) and as someone mentioned, it is a little work horse--though not big enough to heat overnight. I love how funky it is with all the knobs and the doors etc. even though it looks awful and is kind of a pain to run. Anyway, the center part of the grate ( the non-moving part) has partially caved in. When I cleaned it out this fall I thought there were some old coals and when I banged on it the metal literally crumbled.

    So I happened to recently be in the neighborhood of a wood stove store and took a look at some of the beautiful new high efficiency easy to use stoves and there is also now an incentive in Mass. to get a $1000 voucher for an EPA approved stove.

    However, I recollect from being on this forum last winter that some people with experience with the older stoves were disappointed when they purchased a newer stove.

    So my questions are--is is possible to replace that middle piece of the grate? Does its crumbling indicate that its life is over? And if so, any advice on replacements would be appreciated knowing that this site is partial to VC.

    Please keep in mind that I am TOTALLY not mechanical or a builder so it is either have someone else work on it or buy a new one.
  3. DAKSY

    DAKSY Patriot Guard Rider Staff Member

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    If the grate is warped & crumbling, you can't save it. If there's a replacement grate available, I wouldn't think that it cost a lot. Replacement may be another story. A LOT of the VC stoves had grates that simply lifted out & replacement was a non-issue. Not sure about yours. As far as a replacement non-cat stove goes, you will have to properly size it to your needs & re-learn your burning techniques. Once you do, you'll enjoy the heat just...
  4. coaly

    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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    224 CCL grate parts are still listed in my hard cover Woodman's catalog.
    (Stove made from 1988 to 89)

    Grate parts are listed as;
    Grate 700-0365
    Back - 700-0551
    Cover- 700-0726
    Fixed- 0342 (I think what you need ?) $25.18 (may be old price)
    Front- 700-0550
    Rocker- 700-1084
    Side Grate left- 700-0346
    right- 700-0344

    They also list Ash Pan, Baffle, By-Pass Grate, Cat. Combustor, Glass, Screen and Shaker Tool as available.

    woodmanspartsplus.com
  5. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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    Oh right--I forgot about that place. Thanks. I will check into it.
  6. webby3650

    webby3650 Master of Fire

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    I believe the grates are no longer available for the old DW's. Your local dealer might have some laying around. Give the local dealer a call.
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    begreen Mooderator Staff Member

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    coaly Fisher Moderator Staff Member

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  9. dyerkutn

    dyerkutn Feeling the Heat

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