"Who, me?" as in "who, me do my own maintenance/repair work on this thing?" I'd like to follow the suggestions that I vacuum/clean out the back chambers of my VC Encore Everburn, because I know they're full of ash and creosote particles. My new question is: do I have to take off the top of the stove to do it? Or can I reach it just by taking the stove pipe off the top and going in that way? And if I take the stove pipe out/off (okay, this is going to sound really dumb, please laugh first and then reply), do I have to prop up the remaining pipe sections so the whole thing doesn't fall down? I know, I know, but the only dumb question is the one you don't ask, right? Also, do I need to buy a gasket kit made specifically for the VC Encore, or can I just go buy the gasket braid stuff and cement at some place like Lowe's? If I manage not to burn my house down, my insurer will have you all to thank.