Thanks Coaly, they are very clean, I really dont think this stove has had much use, the firebrick is pretty much pure white, I want to put a baffle in it ,and printed your baffle post, I have more stove here than I need for 400 sq. feet, I`m thinking of putting it closer to the wall on back to save room and putting 3 layers of 1/2" fire rock sheetrock behind it, It will never have much fuel in it to heat the small area its in, do you think that would be enough protection? I have 3 sections of SS Ins. chimney, to use , think the rule of thumb is 2 feet higher than the nearest object 10 feet away, I built a large forced air stove 35 years ago out of 1/4" plate with a 12ga. housing on the outside, with 2 limit switches on the housing to control fans.used cast iron grates from Souix city foundry, wish I had not sold it! anyway thanks, and thanks to Pen for the retirement wishes!