Thanks to all for helping.
Knowing this stove so well, I have a feeling that it won't be able to repaired. I'll find out for sure next week.
I've already started shopping for a new self-banking coal stove. There are so many to choose from -- and made in the USA
. I like the idea of the stokers, but the stove will live in the living area. Since I'm the wife, I'm the one who wants a silent/quiet stove. (DH is in denial and doesn't think we need a new one.)
1. While researching a new hand-fire coal stove, I did't see the word 'convection' anywhere. Are any of the new stoves convection?
2. We're getting older, but still have 25-30+ tons of nut coal in our yard. (We had 60 ton to start with.) Stoker-type stoves look like a good fit for us now, except for possible noise. So, are stoker stoves too noisy for the living room (stove would be located about 25' away from sitting area)?