Thanks guys...I was afraid I might have a hard time sourcing an original firepot in good condition. I originally received an astronomical quote from one guy who admittedly said he was just going to more-or-less JB Weld the crack, over-wrap the firepot with stainless to cover the damage and then firebrick the inside. I know it's only a band-aid and a questionable one for safety, no less. I plan on burning coal after reading the pros/cons...even though it seems to be running on par with wood currently, it would save me time dealing with the wood (e.g.: cutting to fit the smaller pot and stacking).
I spoke with Doug this morning and he didn't sound optimistic, but he took down my number and told me he'd look around for one.
I already called Stanley Iron Works the other day and they told me they only really dealt with the cook stoves. I'll have to call Bryant's today and I might as well start calling the foundries and get some price quotes, because it seems like that may be my only option. Have you guys seen a need for extra firepots on the forum or do you think I could sell it off to one of the restorers?
I found a couple of complete-ish stoves on Craigslist but they're condition is questionable, distance farther than I'd like to travel for a shot in the dark and they're commanding a pretty good price ranging between $600-1200. I would certainly hope the new casting would be less than that! Even if I could trade in the rest to one of the restorers I can't see it being cost effective at that price range. The whole stove needs a solid restoration regardless and I would more than likely employ either Emory or Doug to do the job. I'm handy and after reading Steve's restoration thread I think I could do the task, but my wife and I work different shifts and we have 18mth and 30mth old girls to manage and I'd like to have this ready for the upcoming season.