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Old 01-05-2008, 10:33 PM
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Spring came early to the high plains today; it was just like Mr. Rogers always said - "A beautiful day in the neighborhood" and a balmy 73°. If this is global warming then I'm all for it.

But I needed a grate for my woodstove. Those p.o.s. things I have been buying from Lowe's don't even last a season. Sturdier ones won't fit through the doors so I have been meaning to build one.

1. I think I squeezed just about all the good out of this one.

2. Me & the whiteboy fetched in some old catwalk I found abandoned 2 or 3 years ago. It was being neglected, didn't have any brands on it so I rustled it home.

3. I whacked off a strip about 10" x 17" & test fit it in the stove. Looks about right to me.

4. So I welded a scrap of 1" angle down the cut side.

5. I cut some 1' stubs from some fairly heavy square tubes & tacked them on for legs. I have observed that the middle of fire grates always seem to sag first so I included a center support. I wasn't really worried about whether the thing sat level or not since the heat will probably take care of any high spots but much to my surprise it turned out to have no wobble when I turned it back over.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:41 PM
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1. So into the old pahlah stove. Looks okay from the end.

2. Front view.

3. Come about an hour after dark the house started to feel cool enough to test fire it so I tossed in a little kindling and some of that crappy, stringy wood that won't split worth a damn - have to shear it with the splitter. But the strings do catch easily.

4. Stacked on another small log or two and lit the kindling.
I have no idea how this catwalk will hold up so we shall see in a few days or weeks.
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Old 01-05-2008, 10:43 PM
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Looks great, Rod! That should hold up for awhile. Nice recycling too! I think you just earned yourself some carbon credits. Now you can splurge and spritz some kero on some green wood.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:01 PM
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Pretty smooth! You're certainly making the most out of that catwalk for sure.


I've been pondering a new rack for our little stove, I'll wait to see how yours holds up. The little box store racks don't quite have a wide enough footprint to span the bottom of my stove and they always end up tilting back funny.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:08 PM
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Nice job. If you somehow manage to melt that grate in a year of use, it looks like you have enough cat walk left for 3 more years of grates.
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:17 PM
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Real nice job on the grates Cutter I feel sorry for you being so cold and all I keep my little shop at a balmy 45 degrees
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Old 01-05-2008, 11:23 PM
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Cutter,

Are'nt those walkways hot gal dipped?.Its common stuff down under.Here it is ALL Gal dipped. It hard to tell by the piccy but cutting and welding of the crap produce white furry deposits on the weld/cut interface line.

Please check it out .I wouldn't want any harm to come to you or yours by breathing in the fumes off this stuff.

I have a vested interest in this stuff as welding had made me very crook over a weekend.Typically ,I recovered in time to go to work on Monday.

Take care Buddy.

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Old 01-05-2008, 11:39 PM
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Cutter,

Are'nt those walkways hot gal dipped?.Its common stuff down under.Here it is ALL Gal dipped. It hard to tell by the piccy but cutting and welding of the crap produce white furry deposits on the weld/cut interface line.

Please check it out .I wouldn't want any harm to come to you or yours by breathing in the fumes off this stuff.

I have a vested interest in this stuff as welding had made me very crook over a weekend.Typically ,I recovered in time to go to work on Monday.

Take care Buddy.

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No Oz, it just had some crappy falling-off grayish paint. I blasted off the weld areas & it went right to bare metal easily.
I've had the zinc trip sufficient for this lifetime.
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Old 01-06-2008, 08:53 AM
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Pretty neat there Cutter, that one outa hold up for sure.


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Old 01-06-2008, 09:13 AM
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Cutter,

Looks good, it looks heavy enough to last a while.

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