Well, I, too, recently acquired a similar Gnome stove, circa 1983. The stove is in great shape, and I have polished up the chrome parts and replaced some bolts holding on the glass panels on the front door.
When I moved to my current location in 1981, I listed after one of the larger stoves that Thelin made at the time.
However, wifey prevailed, and we got a large masonry round stove made by a lady named Renaja Soleil.
It has been an excellent stove. But has deteriorated, with cracks in the casing: and it is no longer airtight.
Thus I went looking for a stove after which I used to pine, only to get a reflection that they ain't the stoves they used to be. , I was happy to find this early Gnome wood burning stove, (not a pellet stove,.) Only 150 miles away.
The stove is arranged in such a way as to allow a water coupling to be attached to the back so that it can be a source of hot water for both the radiating Mass that develops, or simply for domestic hot water. I believe the two parallel 3-in (approximately ) vertical cylinders towards the rear of the unit are the heating Chambers for the hot water, which can thermosiphon out of the unit by virtue of the two pipe nipple extensions on the back of the stove.
, Into a remote storage tank.
My stove has a damper mounted on the bottom, which can be manually or electric electrically operated if hooked up to a remote thermostat.
All of this verbiage precedes the question relating to why I've signed up here:
"Does this early 1983 Thelin Thompson Gnome wood burning stove require fire brick to be placed in the bottom and surrounds"?
Does anyone have an owner's manual for this model or similar stove?
Thank you for any response you may have and thank you for the internet which allows such transactions to occur.