Ok, so I am working on my parents woodstove as they are in their 70's and have lost power since Sat night due to the storm. I was over their house today bringing over some wood, and when checking out thir stove I noticed that their were firebricks surrounding the sides, but not on the bottom. Anyway, this is a pre EPA woodstove that my dad ran when I was a kid back in the 70's. Its a steel top loader, and have to say the firebox is beyond huge) Anyway, I was asking about it and asked him if it should have firebricks on the bottom....he indicated that there were firebricks on the bottom. Well, I told him "dad, I looked over the bottom and I dont see any down there...he said "there were some at one time" Seems to be it was just steel on the bottom I'm guessing that over time they just fell apart and crumbled, so can I just get new bricks and try to make them fit as best I can? (there was a good deal of ashes in the bottom of the stove, so I left them there due to the lack of firebrick. I just wanted to get the stove running at 400 or so to take the edge off. Basically, just trying to get the stove safe for 1-2 times a year when they use it when they lose power.