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bodger

Is there a tinker in the house?

We have a super duper heavy kettle that we use on  the woodburners. It cost us quite a bit when we bought it and it really hasn't had that much use.
In the last week or so, a minute leak must have developed because there's been a small amount of water under the kettle and on the stove each morning.
The hole must be very small, because you can't see a sign of where it is, and if I eventually find it, how on earth do I repair it?
Mo

With straw, dear Bodger, dear Bodger, dear Bodger,
With straw dear Bodger,
Dear Bodger, with straw
Woodsmoke

BUt what if the straw's too long?  
sod

First clean kettle(being careful here  )bottom   then put water in and find hole, now I'm guessing it's a cast one so then weld up hole grind smooth we have done it a few times now but ours is used every day. Before welding heat up on stove and weld hot as this stops heat cracks in casting  
bodger

Good grief what have I started?    

I'm pretty sure now that the leak is coming from where the spout joins the main body of the kettle.
horace

You could try chemical metal i think thats what it is called but not sure how heat resistant it is
Mo

Woodsmoke wrote:
BUt what if the straw's too long?  


Then cut it  
Border

When I restored our woodburner, I found the the cast iron kettle, at some point during sand blasting and painting had been cracked.

I looked into welding it up again, but that was a tricky solution, holes needed to be drilled, the kettle warmed up to over 500 degrees and then welded while hot and a long cool down time, with the risk of the kettle cracking anyway, so I looked for another way to repair it and came up with Weicon sticks.

I found the crack, then sand blasted the kettle again, gave it the once over with an air gun to remove any sand or dust, making sure it was 110% clean and applied weicon to the inside of kettle, let it set, repainted it and it now sit on our woodburner no problems with leaks.

Wiecon is very easy to use, have also used it on my car exhaust, a tractor manifold and a radiator in the dining room briliant stuff. would never be without a stick or two of this in my workshop now.

Here a gander at the following website.

http://www.weicon.de/es/download/prospekte/WEICON-Repair-Sticks.pdf

bodger

Cheers Border  If anyone calls me Liza, I'm going home and whats more, I'm taking my football with me.
sod

Thanks Border great stuff never hear off or seen it here will have to ask around. When we welded ours up we just put it on range till hot as then welded it put it back on cool end and let it cool then ground it smooth as it was on the bottom all good but like that stuff better      . I didn't do it welder friend did  
Mo

bodger wrote:
Cheers Border  If anyone calls me Liza, I'm going home and whats more, I'm taking my football with me.


You're Henry!

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