I have an old Dutchwest India 224 CCL stove. Last year you all were an incredible help getting my bearing on this thing and helping me when I needed repairs. I love this stove. Never had a stove till I moved to this house and it was already here. The front end of my house heats very poorly from my forced air system so I run it whenever I am home for some length of time (I work a lot and am out some evenings) and as someone mentioned it is a little work horse--though not big enough to heat overnight. I love how funky it is with all the knobs and the doors etc. even thought it looks awful and is kind of a pain to run. Anyway, the center part of the grate ( the non-moving part) has partially caved in. When I cleaned it out this fall I thought there were some old coals and when I banged on it the metal literally crumbled. So I happened to recently be in the neighborhood of a wood stove store and took a look at some of the beautiful new high efficiency easy to use stoves and there is also now an incentive in Mass. to get a $1000 voucher for an EPA approved stove. However, I recollect from being on this forum last winter that some people with experience with the older stoves were disappointed when they purchased a newer stove. So my questions are--is is possible to replace that middle piece of the grate? Does its crumbling indicate that its lif e is over? And if so, any advice on replacements would be appreciated knowing that this site is partial to VC. Please keep in mind that I am TOTALLY not mechanical or a builder so it is either have someone else work on it or buy a new one.