Stove companies don't use brass around heat too often. If you look at most stoves now days they use gold plating. You are constantly polishing brass to keep its shine. Heat will turn brass dull over nite. Gold never tarnishes. I checked into gold plating for our doors, add $275.00 to the price of your stove. With the way cast iron and steel have gone up, not counting the motors it's next to impossible to keep the price of the stoves within reason.