McGiever wrote:Maybe there were artificial flames with lights and such suspended in there.
Ha... and wonder why the coil made no HOT water.
OMG I think you got it Larry!!! This stove was never used (never burned anything!)... so your theory is spot on... they suspended xmass lights or some shyt on that wire to hold them up in line with the glass of the top door!
I knew someone would get it , well done mate, another Nepa Riddle solved!
Great news ashpan on the welding... now you can feel safe... knock out the bottom studs, screw the panels back on, put the grate back in and start the install!!! (if you have nice quality new top screws for the side panels that bite good than you really don't even need to use the bottom ones if you don't want).
Oppps.... almost forgot, take out the stupid xmass light wire and plug those holes with some of that 2000 degree cement... when your ready to install and have questions regarding air, install, mpd, etc... feel free to post your threads in the handfired stove section or chimney section and the best in the world are here to help