I didn't want to hi-jack the thread about fabricating a stove grate, so I will ask my question in a new thread here. I'm curious how many people use grates in their stoves? Is it definitely better to have one than not? It seems like a lot of the stoves I've read about recently in my various researches don't have grates---they don't perhaps make a point of saying they don't, but the way they describe building and re-stoking fires makes it rather clear they're building the fire directly on fire bricks. Incidentally, the grate in my stove I borrowed from an old gas grill, and I support the grate on a couple scrap pieces of mild steel tubing. I thought it would be beneficial to get air up under the wood, and to give the ashes somewhere to fall. But it also takes up valuable space in my firebox, which has a slanted roof. I'm pretty new to wood stoves and have been trying to learn all I can. This forum is an excellent resource. Thanks in advance for any thoughts.