av8r wrote:Hmmm..mine has never had one there. I completely disassemble the stove each fall and would have noticed this. What is it's purpose?
It is to create a seal between the cast iron grate and the steel feeder .A lot of times they are pretty beat up and once removed they blend in nicely with the ash and get sucked up without even realizing it . The glue is only there to aid in installation, once the heat hits it most times its is gone. It is necessary,give me a call tomorrow 570-752-1811 or email me [email protected]