Based on the comments, I am glad I went with mostly stove. If it will be best to use only stove, we can always use the nut in the old federal airtight that is now in the garage.
So Saturday's weather was a BIG kick in the butt to get moving on the firepot
I hadn't ever done this before and there was a surprising lack of information on how to go about using the noxram... The gentleman at the Love Barn didn't have a lot of advice when I asked so... I just started shoving it in there:
I used a garden spade to smooth it out as best I could and a mallet to pound it in place:
Then a damp rag to smooth it out:
I think it looks decent and I don't think I could have gone much thicker because I wanted to be careful to have room to screw the pot back in place. Two days later it is pretty darn dry, although it did shrink away from the pot a bit
We will be putting the stove back together this week. Any advice on sealing is greatly appreciated!!
Meanwhile, I've got the bug. In my searches for the pipe for this stove, I have come across a base burner that is tempting me... I will have to post another thread for it, but I can't seem to find a lot of info. It is a Richmond 116 from 1885 out of CT. If anyone is familiar with this stove, I could use some advice before I go crazy and just start buying up old stoves... what IS it about these things??