Minuteman International MC-24 Fireplace Crane, 24-Inch Swivel Arm
- 24 英寸旋转臂
MC-24 尺寸：60.96 厘米旋转臂特点：-材质：锻铁。 -美丽实用的烹饪用具。 -已预先钻孔，可以固定螺栓。 - 黑色粉末涂层表面。 产品类型：壁炉工具。 表面：-黑色粉末涂层。 主要材料：-铁。 尺寸：尺寸 76.2cm 旋转臂 - 总高度 - 从上到下：-55.88cm。 尺寸 76.2 厘米旋转臂 - 总宽度 - 边到边： -76.2 厘米。 尺寸 60.96 厘米旋转臂 - 总宽度 - 边到边： -60.96 厘米。 尺寸 46cm 旋转臂 - 总宽度 - 边到边： -18”。
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Hang it as high as you can while still allowing clearance to swing it outside the doors if you have any. Then buy a nice vintage Griswold dutch oven on eBay ($50-90) and S-hooks to vary the distance to the coals.
The base plate is designed so that you can lift the crane off when not in use, but with the top bolt installed, you may have to cut 1/4" off the bottom peg to allow removal/installation.
Good product, overall.
I read other reviews before purchasing this item so I knew I'd be short 2 anchor bolts, and that the bolts may be sub-par quality. The anchor bolts aren't sub par. It's a 2 piece deal: a stainless knurled anchor wedge with an 8.8 grade hex head bolt, so basically equivalent to a grade 5 SAE bolt. I should have measured the wedge, but it appeared to be equivalent to 5/16 inch outer diameter. The hex head was 14mm and roughly 2 inches long (again, I didn't measure) My guess is the torque specs on these are around 25 ft/lbs, and I was very careful not to over tighten them.
I had to get the black coating out of the mounting strap's bolt holes in order to easily push the anchor bolts through, so before you do anything, do that. A previous reviewer had mentioned they used a 1/2" carbide masonry bit. I used a 3/8" Bosch BlueGranite Turbo carbide hammer drill bit and could have gotten away with a 5/16" bit as I had to "pre-expand" the anchor wedge a little to get a snug enough fit to lightly hammer into the hole and keep it from turning as I tightened down the bolt. I drilled about 2 1/4" to 2 1/2" into the firebrick. If you know the thickness of your firebricks beforehand, that helps.
I decided to just go with the 2 bolts the crane came with. I mounted at the top hole and second from the bottom. I'm going to use it for a bit (with a 5 qt dutch oven) and see if the mounting loosens at all. Because of the style provided, those anchor bolts can be removed so I'm not concerned about any removals in the future. If you're not bouncing stuff on the end of the crane, I can't see anything loosening.
I very much like that the crane arm can easily be removed. I have a Rumford style fireplace and it isn't deep enough to allow the arm to swing flush to the sidewall without hitting the back wall, so I'll have to take it out whenever I'm not using it, unless I want to use it as a shoe/hat warmer/dryer. I also like that I can hang additional things from the spots inside the triange where the scrollwork attaches. The crane is hefty and will hold whatever you put on it. So, I'd say if you've been thinking about doing some hearth cooking, get this crane.
I would not hesitate to buy again!
I did get larger mounting bolts and drilled the current holes to enlarge for more secure mounting.