So is your stove a newer one or you're just going to order the handle? John, re-read my post about the washer--the washer goes right flush against the stove body & helps with any unwanted air--things are what they are & people burning the 50-93 have learned some tricks of the trade through burning experience & love to share them. Some things have no rhyme nor reason, they just work towards more efficiency in our coal burning experience. KISS
PS--there's more of these lil tricks as you go along if interested. I would replace ALL the gaskets while you've got her broke down, I know I'm going to do mine before lighting up next season--might I suggest Williams stove black compared to paint.