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I don't know where you're located, Rheba, but here in Maine there a at least a couple of places you can go to get replacement parts for those old stoves. The one I've been to is in Thorndike. It's an old family business called "Bryants" They deal mainly in stoves that were made in the New England area. I've been through their "warehouse" and it is unbelievable the thousands upon thousands of parts they have in their possession. I absolutely love those old stoves so going there and seeing all those rusty parts gets me drooling. :) They refurbish stoves, but will also sell you parts, if you know what you want. They'll need the make of the stove, and it would be helpful to have a picture on hand. I tell you this because if Maine is too far for you to travel, perhaps you have such an operation in your area? If so, they might need the same info.

Now--I'm no expert, but DH and I completely tore my old cookstove apart, sanded it down, and put it back together again. When we did, we used stove cement for the oven section. We wanted to seal up any cracks so the thing won't smoke. It was tricky using stove cement. We had just a few minutes before it hardened, and the way those old stoves are made, every piece had to go together in a certain order and all at once. DH is pretty clever that way. I would never have been able to do it myself. If your cracks aren't too large, do you suppose stove cement might work? I'd be interested in what someone who knew more than I do would say about that. Don't think because I suggested it that it's a good idea. I don't want to be responsible for your house burning down!:eek:

I have yet to use mine. We've had too many outside projects to get done. Now that we're getting a good snowstorm, we can start working indoors again. We need to get a metal bestos chimney hooked up and get some sort of a hearth for the stove to sit on. I've got stove black. I don't know about lard. Either is going to smell bad and smoke the first few times you fire up the stove. Stove black gives the stove an "instant" curing. It looks real nice.

Good luck from a kindred spirit in the wood stove department. :D
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