cast iron stove

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by scott, Sep 25, 2006.

  1. scott

    scott Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    212
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    Location:
    southern ohio
    I'm rebuilding a vermont castings vigilant (1977)... i've got the four long bolts broken loose that hold the unit together.. is it safe to start a fire in this thing out in the driveway to get to break loose and disassemble. I don't want to be bangin around on the cast iron... how big of blaze do i need?
     
  2. Bearfootfarm

    Bearfootfarm Hello, hello....is there anybody in there.....? Supporter

    Messages:
    55,617
    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2006
    Location:
    Eastern North Carolina
    Its hard to answer that without seeing how it fits together. Id be leery of starting a fire in something that may fall apart. Also depending on how it goes together, heating it may just make it tighter. Id try wooden wedges in the joints if thats possible. Can you post pics?
     

  3. Highground

    Highground Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    529
    Joined:
    Jan 22, 2003
    Location:
    WV
    Are you wanting to apply heat to get the bolts out? Try a propane torch where the heat is needed.
     
  4. scott

    scott Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    212
    Joined:
    May 10, 2002
    Location:
    southern ohio
    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    the seams, which are leaking, are cemented together. I've got the main bolts broken(literally) loose, and I am really tempted to bang the daylights out of it with a rawhide mallet ...but i don't want to break the castings... it's about 6-7 cast pieces disassembled