SteveZee wrote:It looks to be in pretty good shape.(as much as a pix can show) Did the person you bought it from use it recently? If so ask them about the air tightness of it.
I would make sure the grates shake well and move easily and make sure that the doors (especially and most importently the bottom ash pit door) fits tightly when closed and has NO air leaks. Also the primary vents on that door should be relatively tight (to the door) too, so that you have good control of how much air you feed the stove. Those vents are your throttle so to speak and if that door and the vents are nice and tight then you are good to go and do not need to have Larry rebuild it. If not and air can leak, you won't have good control and the stove will run hot with no way to cut it back. Check those things and report your findings.
I don't think the grates shake very well or easily. The bottom vent seems tight but quite rusty and hard to move. Bottom door has new gasket maybe the top door too. Not sure about the gasket underneath the lid. The guy I bought it from never used it. He bought it a couple years ago but was now relocating and didn't want to take or store it. He said the previous owner did use it.
There is still everything else possible related to this project that I need: bin, floor and wall protection, co monitors, damper, pipe. Frig, I don't even have any coal or a supplier at this point. Literally all I have is the stove. And some pokers that came with it. Sort of overwhelming. I suppose I should be grateful that the chimney is hopefully all set.
My heating guy is coming out next week for my furnace maintenance and checking out what I want to do.
The bottom vent seems tight enough. It's kinda difficult to move but that could be from the rust.