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Old 03-14-2010, 07:27 PM   #15
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final pixs of original Bowen Chimney cover on new Suburban

I took a set of pixs of the way I hinged the original Bowen chimney cover to cover the new 6 gallon Suburban water heater. I put a aluminum piano hinge on the front edge of the chimney cover and used camlocks on the rear to hold it closed. I also installed a small piano hinged door to cover the hold that allows access to the gas valve. The worst mistake I made was in ordering the paino hinges from McMaster-Carr. It always takes me a while to dig thru Macmaster's web site. But I zeroed in on 12 inch and a 6 inch aluminum piano hinges and ordered them. But to my surprise when they arrived I had ordered 12 feet and 6 feet of hinges. It was still fairly cheap. I just cut off what I needed and put the rest in my stock of spares.
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:01 PM   #16
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Looks great, but how did you get that textured material so clean? soda blasting? wheel cleaner?

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Old 03-15-2010, 04:54 AM   #17
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I polished it with a buffing wheel and the waxy bars.
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Old 03-15-2010, 08:59 PM   #18
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Looks great Herb! Harbor Freight here I come for that buffing wheel.Did the Suburban 10 gal. exhaust at the same place too?
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Old 03-15-2010, 09:41 PM   #19
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bwaysteve, did I read correctly that you took out a Bowens water heater in perfect shape?

Would you be willing to sell it to me?

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The new heater went in well despite being a pretty big job to do while on the road. Thanks to all who offered advise. Herb's solution to the problems are the simplest and best I've researched. The hinged Chimney is a good idea, and I was able to find foot long stainless piano hinge of the shelf at Lowe's, which trimmed easily. The six gallon suburban gets hot very fast, and seems to last even through a long shower.

Also the burner is much quieter. I wrapped the whole water heater in that silver bubble pack insulation that you can also get from Lowe's. The water stays hot very long and the heater cycles so much less because of it. That stuff was developed by NASA-- or so I'm told-- and if you duct rape together a bag of it, makes for a great beer cooler!!

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