Cast Iron Stove Repair

Been doing some work on a 15 year old woodstove, and have come to a stopping point. I have 4 screws that need to be replaced and I'd like to prevent them from binding to the stove castings as the previous ones did.[1] (Couldn't come up with an appropriate sacrafice to offer Google, thus it's results were mostly industrial processes.)

I'm thinking of using stainless steel screws of the same size with a dry graphite lubricant to prevent this, but am unsure how the lubricant will hold up under the high-temperature environment of the stove, and wether this will allow the screws to work out more easily due to thermal expansion / contraction.

Any thoughts greatly appreciated, and thanks for your time!

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The Gaijin
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How about boring old silver colored anti seize compound from the local auto parts store? Helps with exhaust parts!

Cheers, Stan

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Stan Stocker

Anti sieze named Silver Goop is fantastic for keeping fasteners sieze free in hot areas. We used to use it on aircraft engines in the hot sections, and I also borrowed some, and used it on the internal fasteners on my woodstove a few years back, and just last year had the need to remove them and they came right out. I have been told to use glavanized, as it burns off and makes a anti sieze sort of condition on the fasteners, and I have also been told not to use glavanized or cadmium plated as they lead to siezing. Guess thats why the stove bolts you always see are normally black or unfinished.

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My deepest thanks to both Roy & Stan - I'll be headed to the auto parts store tomorrow!

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The Gaijin

On Thu, 09 Oct 2003 18:38:45 -0800, The Gaijin pixelated:

Many anti-seize lubricants are also hi-temp. The Permatex A/S I used for spark plugs on aluminum heads is good to

2,000°F, hotter than any wood fire, (I pray.) They're made with powdered aluminiuminuminum, y'know.
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Larry Jaques

I use brass provided it will take the temperature and be strong enough. The differential in thermal expansion between it and cast iron keeps it free.


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John Manders

Most of the anti-sieze compounds are probably good enough but if you can fin the "Pure Nickle" Never-Seez, it's incredible! When I want to weld a nut onto the outside of a piece of pipe and need to keep it aligned with the drilled hole in the pipe, I coat a bolt with the above, screw it through the nut, drop the assembly into the hole and weld the points of the nut. After it cools, I unscrew the bolt. Would that do? :-)


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Ted Edwards

And thanks to Ted, John & Larry as well! Looks like Permatex AS is going to be the winner for this round.

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The Gaijin

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