Nicely done, building back what was ground off the stem.
I much prefer the control of a gas torch. I even prefer it for sheet metal patch panel butt welds rather then my mig welder.
Good tip too, using the ring as rod. I've got lots of old piston rings that usually just go in the metal recycling bucket.
My replacement ash door handle was headed out to the bead blasting cabinet, but I just found that the still-plated original handle still has enough metal left at the end of the shaft to peen over and retain the latch piece that Bryant stove just found for me. I lucked out there with one less part to need plating.