Hey all! I just bought my first pellet stove for my basement. I am a little familiar with them, as my parents purchased a Englander PDVC back in about 2007 or 2008. I used to manually start the stove, clean it (basic) and refill the hopper. So as a new home owner myself as of the fall of 2016, I decided I needed to do something about my unheated basement and possibly help take some of the load off of the oil heat furnace. This is where I found a used PDVE. Looks a bit rough, but I think it is well worth the $200 I paid for it. It even came with a basically complete 3" vent kit including wall thimble. The stove was sold as non operational. They claimed they used it last winter and towards the end of the season they "couldn't keep it running". Didn't give much other info. So I took the 30 min ride over with a buddy and loaded it into my pickup. I get it home, wrestle it into the basement and left it there for a few days. I finally had a chance to look at it two days ago. From what I can see, the real reason they probably couldn't get it to stay running is a wire pulled out of the back of the igniter. I don't know if they tried to manually fire it or not. If they didn't... could be a real easy fix! However, I've noticed some other things that may need addressing. The vac hoses (aside from not being hooked up in the proper places) are cracked towards the ends in some places. The vac hose that attaches to the nipple coming out of the exhaust tube right behind the fire box has some pretty decent cracks about an inch long. The vac hose that is supposed to attach back near the combustion blower is not attached, and instead they have the hose going from white port to black port on that same vac switch... I know that isn't right. One of the leads is disconnected from that same vac switch on the control panel side. So my main question is.... how should the vac lines all be hooked up? I just want to be sure they are all connected in the proper places. I will inspect and might just replace all those hoses, once I know the proper connection points for both vac switches. How many vac hoses coming out of each switch and where are they running too? I assume they come out of the "white" ports on the switch and not the black ones. As an "extra question" I've seen reference to cutting your own gaskets out of lytherm? Does anyone have any templates? Any particular gaskets (other than like the hopper and door gaskets) that you don't do this with? Favorite sellers? Thanks in advance!