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Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby pro70z28 » Sun Oct 30, 2011 3:52 pm

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Last spring the top blew off the fireplace chimney. Too much heat & smoke turned it brittle & it broke like dried leaves. They have to be special ordered around here, they're expensive & we've gone through 2 in 11 years. So, I took a couple hours & made one out of .080 aluminum sign cut-offs.

At a sign shop, you use what you have. Made a template out of scrap vinyl.

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Wheeled a little pitch in the top & bottom pieces for water runoff.

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I don't have tipping dies for the bead roller, so I picked something close & went with it

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Used the shrinker / stretcher & a hammer to get a 90°.

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Test fit the bottom half on the stainless inner liner.

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I tried everything I could think of to make the louvered sides, but nothing turned out right (wasted a good part of the afternoon figuring that out). So, as an alternative, I stomped out a handful of aluminum stripes on the shear, used the bench vise & a crescent wrench as a jig & bent all the stripes into louver pieces & then clamped spot welded them to the top 1 by 1. Then did the same with the bottom

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It actually went together fairly quick once I had a system down. Welded some mounting tabs on the bottom & got it installed in the dark.Installed the screen on the bottom to keep birds out of the liner vent. I have to do a little re-sealing on the chimney itself, but it started to rain just as I was putting the last screws in.

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Cross another Honey -Do off the list in my quest to get back on the "Z". Been some chilli mornings lately & NO fireplace.
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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby draglist » Sun Oct 30, 2011 7:30 pm

That looks amazing... nothing you can't do... bp
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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby bojangies46 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 7:48 am

Nice job, now you should cut some wood.
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Postby Gator » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:07 am

That looks amazing... nothing you can't do... bp

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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby pro70z28 » Mon Oct 31, 2011 9:07 am

Thanks everybody. It was a job I've been putting off all summer. There's too many other things to get done, but it wasn't getting done by itself so..Saturday was the day.

bojangies46 I have a tree trimmer in the area that gives us wood. All we have to do is split & stack. Hard to pass up free heat. And, there's nothing like a warm fire in the winter.
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Postby Rapid Randy Baker » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:17 am

Gooota Job landlord! 8) Your fabrication skills are top notch.

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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby WildcatOne » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:20 am

Your work never ceases to amaze me, ProZ. You have so much talent it would take at least 3 people to even it all out if it were to be distributed equally. Did I say that right? Great job as always. WC1
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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby Mr. Jean » Mon Oct 31, 2011 11:26 am

Let there be fire. Still looks good Gary. :wink:
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Re: Not caah related, but it has to be done.

Postby Iowa Al » Mon Oct 31, 2011 8:18 pm

Great job Gary!
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