Tired of the sticky Quad fire pot dump handle ! ! !

Don2222 Posted By Don2222, May 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

  1. Don2222

    Minister of Fire

    Feb 1, 2010
    Salem NH

    So I yank the Quad Contour fire pot by busting the bolts!
    See > >http://www.hearth.com/talk/threads/busting-a-nut-on-the-contour-could-use-a-little-advise.109836/

    This fix may also apply to the Santa Fe and CB1200.

    The previous owner complained that the bottom was so loose, pellets were falling into the ash pan.

    Just tightening the wing nut did not fix it, so I had to do a deep dive!

    I found a couple of hard carbon deposits on the bottom edge that prevented the bottom from closing properly when the nut was tightened. Took out the grinding stone and got rid of them.

    Then I put two washers on the dump pull rod where it connects to the fire pot swing bottom.
    In order to do this, I had to drill a 5/64" hole below the original hole because the washers covered up the original hole. These washers allow smooth operation of the pull rod.

    For the final fix, I added a washer and a lock washer to the swing bolt.

    The lock washer holds the bottom of the pot on tight and no pellets will fall out again!

    The pull rod now moves in and out better than it ever did before!

    Has anyone ever tried this?
    Pic 1 - Shows carbon on bottom edge of fire pot
    Pic 2 - Shows grinding stone
    Pic 3 - Shows drilling the hole in the pull rod
    Pic 4 - Shows new stainless steel washers above and below fire pot swing bottom.
    Pic 5 - Shows cotter ping in new 5/64" hole
    Pic 6 - Shows added washer to swing bolt. Lock washer added on top of this washer.
    Pic 7 - Shows washer and lock washer on swing bolt.
    Pic 8 - Shows newly painted fire pot and new 1/4 x 20 inch long stainless steel bolts. These bolts are held in with stainless steel wing nuts and washers and new white Lytherm fire pot gasket.

    The inside of the fire box is now freshly painted flat black with VHT Flame Proof very high temp header paint. The iron fire brick backing is completely covered front and back with CRC Dry Moly Spray. The dry moly spray not only protects against rusting but can be easily re-applied at any time. Since it is a high temp dry lubrication it does stay on well except if the flame touches it. However it can be very easily cleaned up and re-applied to keep it looking good!

    Click on pics to see entire image.

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  2. mralias

    Minister of Fire

    Apr 29, 2008
    Bookmarked. Thanks, this may come in handy as my CB1200i ages. Well done.
  3. Don2222

    Minister of Fire

    Feb 1, 2010
    Salem NH
    Thanks, it makes it work better than new!
  4. slls

    Minister of Fire

    Jun 9, 2008
    central maine Lat 45
    I just burn softwood, no more sticking.
  5. Augmister

    Minister of Fire

    Jun 16, 2008
    Socialist Republic of RI
    Kroil. Got the same issues and that handle is always a hard pull. Tried some Kano Kroil Penetrating Oil on all the moving parts of the handle and fire pot bottom. Just one good application has lasted ALL season.

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