bhisch3 wrote:thanks for all the insight. The new (old) stove is in the basement of our new home we just built. I didnt really wire brush the inside of it, I hoped it would just burn off from the extreme heat. I have another question. Co level is now reading 47; I have been opening the door quite a bit the past few hours trying to see what size gasket I need for the door. Can this cause the spike in CO level?
definitely. the door open is a BIG leak
Edit: reset the co meter now that the door has been closed for a while. If it climbs above zero, investigate, and shut down if the levels persist.
But with the other problems you are having, like the coal hopper being loose, and the gasket being warn, you should probably shut it down anyway, and do a thorough maintenance of the entire stove before using it.