Hi Folks. I first posted about my green Lange 6203 a few years ago. That old thread is titled 'Lange 6203 (Green Enamel)'. I finally got this stove installed and fired it up. I was careful to monitor the stove with a Rutland magnet thermometer that I placed on the stove pipe above the stove collar. I also used infrared thermometer that I shot at the top of the stove. I never let the stove get above 500F. At one point I did hear a 'pop' and I figured one of the side burn plates had given up. When the fire finally died down, I discovered this is exactly what happened. As I was careful with monitoring temperature, I don't think the plate splitting was due to over-firing. The guy I bought the stove from had not used it in years, so maybe the side plate was just 'tired'. QUESTION: Replacement side burn plates are $243 at Woodman's. Can I just weld these 2 pieces back together? If not, I was going to have my friend with a metal shop make me a new side burn plate out of 1/4 inch steel as that will cost me much less than $243. Let me know your thoughts about all this. Photos attached.