Hi Bitterbee, and welcome to the wonderful world of wood-burning. I'm glad to see you have been getting some of the help you need understanding this stove. I have the exact same model in my camp, and have been using it for over 10 years. As pointed out by many, virtually indestructable, and (in my opinion) a very good stove in its' day. My understanding also is that they did not usually come with a door gasket, but that it was a popular add-on since the door tolerances could be a little looser than desired, especially after many years of wear on the hinges. Mine has a gasket installed, (actually, probabley needs changing too) and this does seem to help with keeping better control of the stove. When first lit with the dampers open, it can get hot pretty fast if using good dry wood. I've never had much luck getting anything longer than about a 5 hour burn out of mine, unless I close the dampers almost completely...but..when you do this, the stove smolders pretty bad, as has been mentioned in other posts. Keeps the fire burning longer, but likely doesn't contribute to neighbourly relations. I don't have any problem as my nearest neighbour at the camp is miles away, and I clean the stove pipe regularly.