Here is a before and after picture of my wood stove. Last year used Buck 26000 ( 1st picture) did a great job heating house but had to get up at night a couple times to load wood. Cleaned my SS liner last week and was pleased with the way it looked consider it being a pre-EPA stove. A few months ago I bought this used 2008 Appalachian 52 Bay (2nd picture) and should improve my burn times alot. I put this stove in this week and it hard to think about winter this early in the year as hot as it is but I wanted to go ahead and have everything ready. I started cutting wood about 3 years ago and with our mild winter here in Tennessee last year I didn't have to use alot of wood. Anyway new stove in place and plenty of wood stacked and seasoned. I wish fall was here. Oh yea one thing I changed on my stove was I have welded 2 extra 5 inch brackets on each side along the base of the firebox and now have 10 firebrick standing up around the wall instead of 6 laying on there side. I just thought, try it might help hold heat in firebox. With it being a catalytic stove might have another reason for its original position firebrick. If so very easy to change back.