All I got to say is WOW WOW WOW.
Good morning Rev!
Since I have been working out of the area all summer, my original plan was to get caught up on the countless other projects that piled up while I was away.
When I unloaded the insert, a fleeing thought crossed my mind. Getting into bed after a long day, as tired as I was, I just couldn't fall asleep. Something about the detail in the casting bothered me .......... and I had to find out.
I grabbed my trusty bottle of "The must for rust" Krud Cutter, and gave the front door a spray. In a few minutes the over 100 years of stove polish melted away. Excited, I turned to the rest of it and started spraying.
Just what I thought ...... The entire front of the cast iron fireplace was copper plated! Well you know what that lead to....... Gotta put a quick coat of stove polish on at least the door before I go back to sleep.
Well its now 9am, and I think it's time for a nap