So........this will be my first post here at hearth.com. For the last few years I have stopped in here as I dreamt of burning wood for heat. Unfortunately I lived in the big city and burning wood was not an option in our old brick row home. However, I recently moved to the ex-urbs, just past the suburbs, and have the chance to burn some wood! The house we purchased came with a Country Flame model CMD, freestanding wood stove. We had the chimney cleaned during the house inspection. At which time I believe the sweep told me that a fire brick was cracked. Many months later, and a few months post inspection, including months where the stove was in use, I get around to cleaning the flue. I just finished building the wood shed so I was pretty excited to move on to phase two...getting the flue and wood stove ready to burn. On the roof, do the chimney sweep thing, all looks good. I come down, get ready to clean out the stove itself and the flue inside the house, and I see that there are no fire bricks, and there is a grate...in the stove. My neighbor was puzzled, I am puzzled. My questions are: 1) Does anyone know anything about this model of stove? 2) Could it be that no fire brick was ever in this stove, and I could be imagining what the sweep told me? 3) Can I use this stove with the grate, and no fire bricks? 4) Can I add a layer of fire bricks to the floor of the stove only? There are no metal clips of any kind to hold bricks vertically on the side walls. Any help would be appreciated. I have attached pics, thanks!