Well ....after some fabricating closures and applying some rope gaskets..I am now enjoying 12 hr+ burns with no touching of the Ol" Pot Belly !!!
Here is what I have done to date:
1- drilled 2, 1/4" holes in the ash closure and fabed up to closure handles out of 1/4" steel rod that grasp the inside of the stove body and pull the ash plate closed tight against its mating surface and with the flat rope gasket makes it air tight.
2- rope gasketed the load door.so far that is enough but it needs a closure of its own to pull it closed and make a better seal..but right now it is OK ...
3- I was in the shop fabbin up a air damper/closure for the BIGGEST air leak in a Atlanta Pot Belly the BIG ARSE GAP AROUND THE GRATE HANDLE..I was beatin my head against the wall tryin this an that ...made like 6 prototypes of little doors tryin to attach a gasket to them ..an my wife came down an was lookin over my shoulder why I was test burnin a fresh fire and she looked an said ...hey lets TRY THIS ...an she just took a 10" long pc. of the rope gasket I had layin on the bench and folded it over an so gently stuck the folded end on one side of the hole and drapped it under the ash handle and tucked the loose end in the other side ...WHALLA!!!...no more leak!!!..I MARRIED HER FOR REASON!
...so far THAT IS WORKING PERFECTLY !
and I had to make NO MODIFICATIONS TO THIS ANTIQUE! in that area..that is great.
4-I have ordered a pc. of Mica to put behind the Pot Bellies loading door vent ...wich is for wood burning and I wil not need but will give me a view of the fire.
5- swiched from NUT ...wich was giving me a very HOT fire but no longevity ...this weekend I have been experimenting and making a hard wood fire / nice small layer lof NUT top get established ...the topping off to the top of the fire pot with Pea ..I now get a more controled burn and WAY LONGER fire!!!..that is AWESOME!..and NO OVER FIRING LIKE WITH THE NUT ALONE.
6-SORRY NO PICS YET AS THE ASH DOOR CLOSURES ARE WRAW YET AND I NEED TO MAKE HANDLES AND SUCH AN THEY ARE LIKE 4 INCHES LONGER THAN THEY NEED TO BE...after i get it cleaned up I will post pics.