1) The existing fire grate is mostly ok, it mainly needs the fire tray replacing. We could just get a new tray made and carry on using it.
Pros: cheap; known design; people seem mostly happy with the current fire.
Cons: not shiny new toy; rest of fire grate will need replacing at some point; doesn’t have flexibility of different heat levels.
2) Replace the fire tray and upgrade the existing fire grate. E.g. attach sockets to the corners for inserting upside down L brackets / pot supports. These can be used for hanging pots off + swung in over the fire and out again.
Pros: more flexible design; hanging pots looks more like a traditional fire range.
Cons: costs more than option 1, new sockets could make it difficult to transport (awkward shape).
3) Have a new fire grate made to Neville specifications by Mark Allen (has made Edy’s rabbit spit).
3a) Eric spotted a good looking fire grate in the William Stanley camp. It would flat pack into the seperate uprights and cross bar(s) (min 5 ‘poles’) and a fire tray.
It consists of 2 uprights forming an upside down V joined to a second upside down V by a cross bar. The uprights have several sockets for resting a spit or additional cross bars on at different heights. The fire tray is also attached to the uprights by slotting its hooks into the upright’s sockets.
Pros: looks like a traditional fire range; flexible options for different types of cooking / heat; should flat-pack well.
Cons: more expensive than option 1+2 (cos buying whole new fire).; will have to wait for it to be built.
3b) A.N.Other design:
Pros: built to Nev spec so exactly what we want.
Cons: more expensive than option 1+2; we have to agree what we want!
4) Buy a new fire grate of unspecified design.
Pros: instant availability once purchased (no waiting time for delivery).
Cons: more expensive than option 1+2; need to find one we like + agree on.
I’m leaning towards option 3a, but what do people think?
X-posted to Neville yahoo group.