Kent Tile Fire: warped baffle?

Tinymoose

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Jul 21, 2020
6
Australia
Hi,
After many hours this morning I have determined that I have an old Kent TileFire, I think from around 1980. I've had the house for around 4 years, and have used the fire to varying amounts for about three winters. I had the fire checked when I bought the house, someone came out to see if it meets the current standards for my state (Western Australia). This winter I've felt like it has been using a lot more wood.

This morning I noticed that the ceiling on the wood burning area looked really bad. I think I've now worked out that this is the baffle, and I'm pretty sure mine is, well, destroyed. The plate that should have nice holes in has missing pieces at the bottom of the holes, and the plate is dropped. Looking very much like teeth and gaping jaw from a Stephen King novel..

From reading it appears that the baffle in the TF is welded in, and isn't a simple replacement job. I have a sad, sad feeling that my fire may just be at the end of its life, but I wanted to try a last ditch hopeful query.

I've attached some photos, the first is from a different post on here, and is what I think I should be seeing. The are what I am actually seeing. Apologies for photo clarity, the fire is on and quite scalding. I suspect, now that I've actually read up on fires, that I've been overburning, and probably using logs too long for the TF.

1) is my TF cactus and I need to replace it?

2) Any suggestions for a similar fire for replacement? This thing is a beast and without any type of fan or anything it heats my rather large home.

3) How likely is it that I destroyed my poor baby? Any chance of making me feel better and saying that damage isn't so likely to be from just me? The house was built in 1980, I used the fire in 2017, 2018, and this year. This year has definitely had more wood go through it than any previous year.

Thank you for any help. Bonus thank you's for emathatetic replies that don't make me feel like a fire destroying monster.
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begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
It's definitely warped and burning out in the middle. Maybe a patch could be welded there? Do you have a friend or know someone good at welding?
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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That is pretty rotten. There is not much good material left to weld to.
 

Tinymoose

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Jul 21, 2020
6
Australia
Yeah :( What are the negatives to using it as is, say for the rest of this winter? Occasionally we get some smoke into the house when we open the door, but not all that often. I think we are using more wood than previously, but I'm also guessing that damage hasn't just sprung up between us using in 2018 and this year? I think my biggest fear is if it increases pollution.
 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
There is no doubt that is will perform poorly if asked to limp through the rest of the season. I would retire the old soldier. It has had a good run. A modern, high-efficiency stove is going burn much cleaner than this stove, even when it was new.

What is the grey material that appears to be packed above what remains of the baffle? It shows behind the holes that remain.
 

Tinymoose

New Member
Jul 21, 2020
6
Australia
Thank you very much. I tried to clean that out a bit by poking and vacuuming, I'm not entirely sure but I suspect it may be decades of compacted ash?
I did some researching last week,it seems a Neo 2.5 might be a good bet for a new one, I'll just have to work out the finances.

 

begreen

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Nov 18, 2005
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South Puget Sound, WA
Sounds like the old Kent has not burned cleanly for a long time. A new stove will be much better as long as the wood is fully seasoned.
Yes, the Neo 2.5 is a decent stove. Their Super series is also good. It's been around, steadily improving over the past 25 yrs.