JerseyCoal wrote:There are no gaskets on any of the doors nor channels in which to place them.
Those gaskets for the most part are to prevent air from getting into
the stove. As an example (and I'm not saying this is safe but just stating facts
) the old coal stoves with stove top ranges only had a cast iron lid going over the top of the fire. In other words if you took the lid off the fire is right below it, it's actually where you load the coal into the stove. Fairly air tight but certainly not 100% airtight.
Various manufacturers such as Pittston Stove made them for decades and numbered in the 10's of thousands if not hundred thousands. I still have a few customers with them.