I inherited a Hearthstone Bennington stove recently and since I want to be safe, I'm inspecting it for any and all issues prior to firing it up. I found a part that turns out to be the "stainless steel baffle support" sitting in the previous owner's ash container. Problem is, I don't know where it goes. I JUST replaced the baffle board (before I knew there was a piece that had fallen out or been removed. Can anyone help me reposition this piece? And can anyone tell me whether or not it is safe to fire up the stove with the baffle support OUT of the firebox? On a side note, I tried to see if the support somehow fit in the front part of the firebox in front of the baffle tubes, and I "GENTLY" brushed against the front only to discover a rope (gasket?) came loose like it disintegrated. it was pushed up across the front of the firebox (on the inside). I'm assuming that the gasket needs to be replaced, but is this indicative of extreme overfiring or just regular wear and tear? Thanks for any help!