The door seems to open effortlessly, there is no rust whatsoever on the hinge, or the stove, for that matter, there is only one hinge which does not have an open "tube" at the bottom, so I cant stick a small awl up and poke the hinge out, Joe at Bryant's stove said to insert a very thin flat head screwdriver under the head of the hinge pin and wiggle the door open/shut until the hinge comes out. I will work on that today. The 2nd welder who dumped me did mention letting the repaired part cool slowly in sand, but then i never heard from him again. He sounded like he knew how to do it right. The stove shop where i happened to find this beauty only sells new types of wood, coal and pellet stoves. They did someone a favor, they said, and bought it at a low price due to the door, I guess, but told me they could give me the # of the person they bought it from who could maybe shed some light on how it got damaged, how they used it, its quirks or whatever, but i havent done that either, so i will do that today. I guess the original owner needed a stove that worked...but it has been used because there is a hole in the back of the ash pan and soot inside the top of the cook top and pipe. Bryant's said they do not have a part for it and that he would buy it from me, if i wanted. So that tells me it is in good shape. And I dont want to sell it. I believe the time is coming where we wont be able to use our current methods to stay warm or to cook the way we "always" have.
So off I go to the hinterlands to see what can be done tomorrow. will try to take pictures of this unique business showroom and collect as much info as i can. Also, for those who read my "toy stove" post, I found another one, not as fancy for only $180 in another antique store, and an actual pot bellied stove, as well as 3 early butter colored enameled wood stoves in decent shape at an indoor flea market, so people are starting to catch on to what is coming. Take care, more later.