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Post in 'The Gear' started by brooktrout, Jan 18, 2008.

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  1. brooktrout

    brooktrout New Member

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    Can anyone send me in the right direction for a mini tool set for my stove that a)doesn't cost an arm and leg, and b) comes with a rake? Thanks!

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  2. dsil

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    lowes 50% off winter heating stock I think my local lowes has 4 different sets.
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    fish New Member

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    i was looking for the same thing for about one year. i dont belive they make a low price stove set with a rake. so i purchaced a garden rake . cut it in half and drilled a hole so it would fit a handle . cost me about 20.00 . other than a rake and shovel thats all i really use . once i get my camera back ill post some pic
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    dsil New Member

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    found a well made one on ebay, search stove rake, came up as a listing in seller store. shipping to me is high.
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    Hubjeep New Member

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    Do they have that sale on their website, or just the store?
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    I use a modified bbq spatula as a hoe of sorts, a shovel that came with my ash bucket, and a rake I made by welding a different handle onto a garden rake. I was raised by an engineer, we didn't buy it if we could make it or modify it. All I ever found in the big box stores were fireplace tools, which are pretty much worthless in a stove.
  8. Hubjeep

    Hubjeep New Member

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    Thanks for the link, I am going to order this up:
    http://www.woodlanddirect.com/Firep...957c88cbb0909886.e3eSc3eMbxuPe34Pa38Ta38Mb3f0

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    significantly cheaper here:
    http://www.northlineexpress.com/itemdesc.asp?ic=5MM-MINI-11

    BTW, I went to my Lowes, they only had a few dollars off each wood burning item. Tool sets normally $56 are on sale for about $52 at my local Lowes.
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    50% off at our local lowes. Now they have a large selection of BBQ grills at 50% off also stainless charbroil pro series $150.
    Wait it out! They will come down.
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    dsil New Member

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    woodmanspartsplus.com out of NH has rakes for a decent price, and shipping is not bad.
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    UPDATE, they took a couple weeks to arrive (on backorder), but I am extremely impressed with their construction. Poker is one piece, rake, and shovel ends are securely welded to the handle (not rivited), rack is sturdy. It is very nice to have a rake to bring coals from the back forward. Worth much more than it's $34 purchase price.
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    Impossible to find here. I'm using an old pry bar that I accidentally bent about 80 degrees taking a wheel bearing off (No, I didn't get it off yet). Thanks for the links.
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    I couldn't find a rake in stores, but I did see one on e-bay. I decided to make one myself, so I bought some dimensional steel from the Depot and welded together pieces to form a rake that suited my needs. We actually made two of them in one evening. We may make more and try and sell them to other stove users. More to follow... Hopefully some pictures too.
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    sometimes I just reach in with my fire gloves and sometimes with a piece of wood, not effective as a tool but it works, and I find it funny that so many of us don't use something official but something modified and homemade!, hurry up and post those pics of your new business!
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    Those tools are all too short of handle for me to use.
    My firebox is 3 feet deep by 2 ft wide by 2 feet high.

    Was a 1970 era,ex- smoking dragon, 1/4 in plate steel,monster stove.
    DIY converted to secondary burn epa standards, not because i care about smoke over much, but because I care about eating 4 wheelbarrows of wood each day.

    Now, 8- five gal buckets of wood last 2 days or longer. Because of the extra heat generated by the secondary burn, I only use 1/2 sized wood loads on all but the 18 deg days.

    at 18 deg ,she gets a full load.
    I use a full size garden hoe with a well sinzenged wood handle .

    If I'm not quick about it, I end up blowing the handle out.

    Maybe if I glue some aluminum foil on the handle ,shiny side out ,what you think,could work???
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