Moderator Post: >Wood StovebyHandyman on 12/27/2004
King Circulator Wood Stove
In our stove, after many years of use, the metal
retainers lining the firebox were totally burned
out and the insulating fire bricks were crumbling.
In an oddesey to find replacement parts, here's
what we discovered.
Martin Industries, Sheffield AL
This company was bought in 2001
by Martin Hearth & Heating, Paris KY
however MH&H carries only the gas
stoves and decorator fireplace inserts ...
they no longer have a wood stove line.
As of 3/1/2004 they were planning to
have a batch of the insulating fire bricks
custom made by an kiln supply brick
manufacturer, and those would be in stock
in July or August. Estimated cost would be
approx $7 ea, (plus shipping?), perhaps
with a discount for quantities.
Insulating Firebrick required:
13 ea (3 in the back, 5 on each side)
Nominal Size: 5" x 10" x 1"
Actual size can vary a bit
approximate size ? 4-3/4" x 9-7/8" x 7/8"
Note: Our bricks were pretty well busted up,
but we were able to reassemble them as if
a jigsaw puzzle, put them back in place, then
the new retainers held them in nicely. We
considered using a high-temp glue to hold
them together, but got along fine without.
We had replacements made out of a heavy
gauge steel (approximately 1/8" thick) for
$7 (all three pieces) by a local metal shop.
Ah ... the joys of rural life near a small town!
Back retainer: 10" x 14-1/4"
Side Retainers (2 ea): 10" x 24"
Hopefully somebody will find this useful!
A resource for the archives ...
Geoph March 2004