badlegdave wrote:Does anyone have an idea of what this bracket is? It came with the stove loose but may not in fact have anything to do with it.
That piece in its construction sure looks like a part of a stove but I can't figure out what part. I don't think it is for your stove.
Coalnewbie is about as smart and level headed as you can get as long as you subtract the emotions involved which is a stupid thing to say since we all are involved emotionally with what we do. So the key is what do your emotions tell you. You have it, you like the look, it's hooked up, you want to use it. So fix the leaky ash door and wait for a little cold spell and light it off with some charcoal and coal. Ash will fill in the gaps in the grate and with some practice you will get a feel with it. After a week or two you will like it and want to restore it, or want something else. That added experience will help make up your mind. It will either be a purty face wif nought behind it or what you hoped it to be.