Hi. Hopefully Jerry or someone can answer this question for me. I was just oiling my motors and checking my stove over in preparation for the first burn of the season (this will be my second winter with my LL Pioneer). When I was behind the stove, I noticed a gasket material in the back of the stove near where the feeder motor is bolted to the stove. It looked a bit odd, with what looks like flyash on it. So, I removed the grate from inside the stove and took a look inside the stove. Here are a couple of pix of what it looks like inside the stove, and from behind.
In the picture below, it's the gasket on the left side that I'm questioning. The gasket at the top I know is correct. It is to keep the vibration down between the hopper and where it rests on the stove. BTW, my installer did not install that. He left extra gasket with the stove, and I installed it after watching the video (which is very good - thanks Jerry).
So, what I'm wondering is if my installer F*'ed up the assembly and this gasket should not be where it is. And secondly, if I can just loosen the bolts on the back, remove the gasket, and tighten the bolts and be good as new? My guess is that the gasket should not be there, and may have caused some combustion gas to leak into house. I do have CO detectors near my stove and throughout my house, and none registered anything during the course of the year.
Thanks everybody for reading this post, and all the help you've given me from the get go.