If the pieces did not break completely off then you should be ok. I remember when I did mine I was stressed like hell! You know how to run/control that stove, it will serve you well for some yrs now. In the past three winters I have not used mine full time since I have been away a lot during winter. But I tell you this fall it has been fun running my VC.My hatred for this stove is increasing by the day. Umm. Once the lower is installed I can’t tell. I suppose I can take the cat and cat cover back out, put the lower in and check. I did have some refractory cement laying around. So I sort of patched over the cracks. Trying gently push some into the cracks. At this point I think I’m going to just run with it. I’m tired of sinking money into this stove. I would rather start saving for the next stove.
It is cracked for sure but no separation. So no gap. Hoping for the best at this point. I really don’t feel like taking the upper out again nor do I want to spend and $250.00 on another refractory box. Above all I do want to do what is right and safe. I’m open to suggestions and advice.
Btw bk too but bloody boring!