I've been working towards picking out a new stove and have thought a bunch about a Lopi Liberty and a few other similarly sized convection stoves. I came across a used Avalon Olympic and went to take a look at it today. The stove is 3 years old and was used moderately (not as the primary heat source). The owner said that her husband had installed it and they had "problems with the chimney" and they would get smoke into the house. They were using it as an insert. They removed it and had a pellet stove professionally installed. I showed up to the house thinking I'd see a 2-flue chimney and would be able to deduce that they were getting a downdraft in the unused flue, but instead I found they had a single prefab chimney. The stove has some rust on top around the outlet so it looks like water was getting into the chimney and somehow got on the outside of the stove pipe and onto the outer surface of the stove. There was also some green stuff on top of the stove which sort of looked like corroded nickel... We did have some intense rain around here last fall (which lead to some intense flooding) and people without chimney caps got rain inside... One of the baffle supports in the stove had some light rust. It looks like they were using the bypass damper so smoke probably wasn't pouring into the house when they reloaded. I did the dollar bill trick to check the gasket (which looked clean and felt rather soft) and found that the top edge of the door, mostly near the handle side, was somewhat lose while the rest was tight. The stove dosen't appear to have been over-fired, the burn tubes look OK, the firebrick baffle looks OK. I also found that the door was a little lose on the hinges, as if the pins had worn the holes in the aluminum door open larger, but that could be due to factor hole sizing to accomidate for manufacturing tollerances. The handle also had some significant play where it passed through the door. I don't know if this is normal on these stoves or not. I don't know if the stove is warped or if the gasket just needs replacement. The last gasket I replaced didn't fit snugly all the way around and I tried to build up the lose area with a thin section of gasket underneeth but all I could accomplish was that I built up the lose are too much. That stove dosen't leak even with a door that dosen't seal very tight all the way around. Other problems I found consisted of a broken fire brick and the stove being in need of some paint. Also I would have to buy legs for it to use it as a free standing stove. Does anyone have any opinions on the stove (so far) or buying used stoves in general? My girlfriend is a little nervous about buying a used one, even though we could save a good amount of $. The asking price is $1000 or best offer.