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Hi Tom,
This is what I did on my Ruby Mason conversion. This was something I had seen on a few locos at Diamondhead.

Before the "air-gap plate" a friend had measured the smoke box door temp at over 400 degrees. I have not been able to measure it since, but it stopped burning the paint.
redbeard AKA Larry Newman SA #1956
 
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