1/4" steel for firebox-will it warp if not braced?

Discussion in 'Reverse Flow' started by keny, Mar 28, 2015.

  1. keny

    keny Fire Starter

    Still in the planning stage for my RF build, and the firebox will be 32"W x 24"H x 24" deep. Will I want to add some cross-braces to these 1/4" panels when I build this box? I've seen them with and without...I've noticed that a lot of the Lang units have braces on the panels, I assume for more strength and to prevent warpage from heat. Any info. would be greatly appreciated. Thank you all for your time!
  2. I sure hope 1/4 is thick enough not to warp that is what I am using on the build I am doing now.

    This is my thought on it I had a cheap wood stove made out of 3/16 and always ran it hot. It would pop creek and make all sorts of noise on start up and cool down.

    My Sierra stove is 1/4 and doesn't make anywhere near the grunts and groans. 30 years old and still using it with no visible warping.

    Plus with a smoker your not trying to heat the house your just making low heat and smoke.

    With that said I am going to use fire brick on the floor of my FB because I have some from an old stove.

    and my door is double panel for stability probably not needed but looks cool.
    Last edited: Mar 29, 2015

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