I just bought one of these small boxwood stoves (super deal) as an introduction to wood stoves. I cannot justify spending $1500 on a stove and another $1000 on installation so I decided to spend three months with this to figure out what I really want (or do not want!) I am going to plumb this into an existing brick chimney by simply running stove pipe up the chimney and plugging the chimney around the stove pipe to preven smoke coming down, or heat going up. The reviews online do not mention that the "lid" or top plate to this thing has 6" x 10" HOLE in it filled with some badly cast round "removable plates" and a third piece between them to complete the fill. The problem is there are 1/4 inch gaps! So given that we are making a FIRE in this thing, and they have been selling it since the early 70's, I am just stumped by the "design". I called them and they tell me that these removable plates are for puttin pots on (notice I said ON not IN). Yes they actually think that a pot will then make the seal of this firebox because "the smoke will go up the chimney". Really. Why not just put the put ON the toplate? Given there is a FIRE undreneath it it should be hot enough to cook the living heck out of anything.... So, please someone, enlighten me. What were they thinking? I want to engineer this a litle better, becuase it is obviously going to smoke the house out in anything less than strong draw, so I am considering making a steel top plate WITHOUT any holes and sealing with stove cement, or perhaps using a thin sheet of steel and formin it into shape so it is held in place by the existing "top plate" or perhaps just sealing the existing top plate with stove cement. Is there fireproof "rope" that I could use to seal or anything like that? If I can seal the top, I believe this thing will be workable and I will get the experience I need with a wood stove. Any other ideas for THIS stove?