The hopper warpage (is that really a word?) is not that bad and not restricting the coal flow. I'm just planning for the future. I'm like that.
Over the last few years I acquired two other Franco-Belge stoves for parts just because they were available and cheap. So now I have extra grates and parts along with a mostly complete stove to get rid of..
The F-B is a good stove but I was trying to use it as the only source of heat in my house and I finally got tired of 45 degrees in the winter (took me long enough
) . This "new" SAEY Hannover 1 is great, there is only a little very light surface rust on the sides. I lit the coal about 11:00 Sunday morning and because the cast iron is so massive and heavy, even with a good bed of lit coal it took until about 2:00 before there was any real heat coming out. The stove seems to maintain a nice even temp. So far I've put about a hundred pounds of coal in it.
WARM AGAIN! WARM AGAIN! PRAISE THE ALMIGHTY, WARM AGAIN!
I'm trying to decide what color I want to paint it. Right now, it's between a dark red or a slate gray high temp paint. More on that later.