Whitfield Advantage replacing & upgrading an old broken scraper rod

Don2222 Posted By Don2222, Jul 18, 2018 at 6:50 PM

  1. Don2222

    Don2222
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    Hello
    This old Whit had many hidden horrors like a the ash pan latch with a broken base plate on the inside. Split in two but all it took was a little welding! Also the bottom left door hinge tab dangling by a thread but a little weld there and bingo, good as new!
    Now for the broken cleaning rod. The end of the rod weld broke so the rod pushes right through the cleaning rake!
    Lennox Whitfield makes a scraper rod replacement kit part # 1475001 that is labeled for the Profile 20 & 30. Does it work with the old Advantage? I took the $105 dollar gamble$$$ and the abs the answer is Yes it does! Whew!
    So here is the story.
    The 4 nuts that came with the rod are small and do not seem to fit very well, so I got some nice Stainless Steel nuts and they glide right on! Good that they do when they are taped into the straight wrench and you are lying on your back with soot falling on your face! LOL

    The new rod is heavier and with a good 1/4-20 nut on both sides there is more strength to hold the rack perpendicular so there is less racking which makes the rod much easier to pull in and out! Much better now!

    Pic 1 - new scraper rod replacement kit
    Pic 2 - cutting off the rod with a dremel
    Pic 3 - cut rod
    Pic 4 - lower half of cut rod dangling
    Pic 5 - Threading 1st rod on with straight wrench
    Pic 6 - manuvering the dangling cut piece up over the heat tubes on the right side until the cut rod falls down the ash chamber to the ash cleanout hole for retrieving!
    Pic 7 - cut piece in hand!
    Pic 8 - Old rod with cut for removal
    Pic 9 - the end of the lower cut half showing failure.
    Pic 10 - new rod secured to the rake and works even better and is stronger too
     

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