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mickyD 01-16-2012 07:19 PM

Soot staining the dome.
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Didnít see this coming. As you can see in the photoís, my flue cap is giving me grief in regards to the soot getting on the dome when it rains. The circular vertical wind guard is causing the problem. The rain washes off the soot from the guard onto the dome and stains the dome. Apart from the obvious fix of getting rid of the guard which Iíd prefer not to do, does any else have this problem or solution.



Lburou 01-16-2012 07:28 PM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
Short of a new cap, you could cover it with a garbage bag to keep it dry between uses..... :)

cobblerdave 01-16-2012 07:52 PM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
you might concider" bondall " sealer on the dome surface... it will stop the soot from penatrating the surface to deaply, and any on the surface washes off easily. No it doesn't gloss up the surface and doesn't change the colour... its clear

Regards dave

PS yes you can get it at Bunnings

TropicalCoasting 01-16-2012 11:31 PM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
It wouldn't worry me, I can barely see it.

david s 01-17-2012 01:40 AM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
You could make a shallow conical china hat that has a wider diameter than your existing cowl. It would prevent the rain from washing the soot off, but may be as much trouble to fit as replacing the whole thing with a new one. Like a new car, after the first scratch it's not new anymore and you just don't worry about it. That's why I like old cars, you never have to wash them or worry about preserving their newness.

david lyons 01-17-2012 01:46 AM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
I use a tin can of the required diameter over the exhaust on a diesel pump engine. Just re move when you light up. If I forget the diesel pelts it at me but I'm sorta trained now!

Dave Ly

mickyD 01-17-2012 03:42 AM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
Hi guys,

This is one of the reasons I love this forum, people offer their ideas which spur me into thinking what I can do. Think Iíll try putting something over the flue cap first and see how that goes. Iíve tried a plastic bag over it while I was building it to keep the rain off but I use it too regularly now and is hot to warm a lot of the time and will just melt the plastic. I might try to cover it with a bit of gal Iíve got lying about. If that doesnít work then Iíll try using the Bondall sealer.



OscarA 01-17-2012 03:59 AM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
You can always paint/coat your oven dark grey or black. Mines black and looks great.

mickyD 01-17-2012 04:13 AM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
Already mentioned that to the wife. I could not talk her into it. Believe me I tried.


OscarA 01-17-2012 01:00 PM

Re: Soot staining the dome.
do a search for as many nice black colored ovens pics you can find and show her. If she sees how nice black looks she might reconsider. Another option is to stop cleaning it and it'll be an eye sore soon enough. If it looks ugly enough she might cave in and let you paint it.
If black is a definite NO then best you get rid of the current cowl and go Chinaman cowl instead.

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