Darned if it wasn’t almost 50*F sunny, clear and windy here today. I took some time and dismantled my gasifier for inspection.
Just so everybody knows what I am referring to. Left to right; filter, burner insert, hopper, burner shell on char base.
The deformation is evident.
Well, there’s a bright spot in this mess. Can you see it? How about melted steel. I’d say that’s an indication the temp there was approaching 2600* F, the melting point of mild steel. A wow moment for me.
Now for the fix, I hope. First I straightened the edge out with torch and hammer to receive the heat sink flange.
Welded top and bottom for strength and mass. No, it isn’t cracked.
Hourglass hearth with heatsink flange installed.
The hearth after 2015 operation. I recorded some of my hottest temps in my monitoring this summer , so I’m really pleased with the performance of my Fix.
Stay tuned for the rest of the story. Man, I liked listening to that guy. Oh, Paul Harvey btw.