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Wood Pellet Stove - Home Made Hopper Extension!

Post in 'The Pellet Mill - Pellet and Multifuel Stoves' started by Don2222, May 3, 2012.

  1. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello

    My friend gave me a great idea! This was his 1st draft! See pic below:

    This would change this 55 lb hopper to atleast a 95 lb hopper!

    Now wait before you say that is wood and combustible, let's think this one out.

    You could use heavy gauge steel and weld the corners. Also have to notch the bottom.
    But that is no longer an easy home project.

    So how about using plywood covered with aluminum flashing?

    Or

    How about Cement Board covered with aluminum flashing for protection against chipping and is fire resistant?

    Now do you have any comments?

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  2. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Your lid is used for the back?? What becomes the Lid?


    A hopper fire can happen..... Unless its Lined on BOTH sides, then it wont matter the material.

    Steel is Non combustible. Better to heir on the side of caution. IMO
  3. AbetterChimneynm

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    We have made a few diff hopper ext. for our own use in our back room at the shop, they have always had a lid and was always made of metal.....Just my two cents for what it is worth :)
  4. JFUNN

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    D BAG!
  5. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Please use steel.
  6. silverfox103

    silverfox103 Feeling the Heat

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    Hate to tell you, that is the dumbest thing I've seen on this site. Have a steel one made, what's wrong with you doing something like that? Plywood covered with aluminum siding or cement board with aluminum siding, I can't believe your asking these things.

    Tom C.
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  7. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    I like the one in the picture if you double your insurance:cool: and run. Please use metal.
  8. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    Is that painters tape??
  9. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    Don,

    Steel and the blessing of a testing lab.
  10. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Got a problem with painters tape? :p
  11. DexterDay

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    Yeah, the Blue 3M stuff, Sucks..... Frog Tape rocks! ! ;)
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  12. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Never heard of it. Thanks.

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  13. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    According to my friend the painter's tape goes all the way around to hold the hopper lid straight up for the back side! LOL

    It may be dumb but it was cheap and works great! Sure steel is the best but I am not a welder and do not have a large welding metal fab shop! !

    Thanks for your comments

    No one is using this extension currently it was just a proof of concept of how easy it can be to make a hopper extension.
  14. Defiant

    Defiant Vermont Castings Geek

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    This stuff will take your flesh off image_14470.jpg
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  15. SmokeyTheBear

    SmokeyTheBear Minister of Fire

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    No need to weld.
  16. AbetterChimneynm

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    We have even used light weight aluminum as a hopper and pop rivited it togather and used high temp sealant on the edges but again we always made sure it had a lid... To me lid's are important!
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  17. Don2222

    Don2222 Minister of Fire

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    Hello AbetterChimneynm

    How much for the parts would you say?

    What do you use to cut the aluminum?

    Any pics?
  18. Delta-T

    Delta-T Minister of Fire

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    its not that expensive to get things fabricated either. just draw it up and drop it off at any of the dozens of metal fab shops that are likely very near to your home. We have to get custom stuff worked up very frequently and it really very affordable.
  19. AbetterChimneynm

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    They sell the sheets of the Aluminum Here in New Mexico is around 100 buck and you can do up to four-five hopper extensions with one sheet, I cut the aluminum with tin snips and the the Silcone is like 9.99 one tube is enough, and a box of rivits 10 bucks or so and i can get pics if you need them


    Shawn
  20. CygnusX1

    CygnusX1 Feeling the Heat

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    What? No "Hopper" quotes???????
  21. DexterDay

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    Hoppa! !! ;) 2012-04-229513-07-119599.jpg
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  22. smoke show

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    Is that a gun cabinet in your kitchen?
  23. DexterDay

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    Kinda? The family room amd Kitchen are kinda combined. Its one large room. With carpet and hardwood floors as the separation. Then further to the left, is the dining room (Quad room) then the living room, followed by a hallway to the.bedrooms amd bathrooms. But the house is very ope. Another reason its so easy to heat.
  24. smoke show

    smoke show Guest

    Got any pics of the gun rack in your truck window?
  25. DexterDay

    DexterDay Guest

    I can take one...... But season for most is not in! So no weapons needed now.... Other than CCW.

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