Hi All, New to the forum but have been reading a number of the threads over the past few months as I have tried to get my restored stove up and running. It was a housewarming gift from my uncle, who unfortunately passed away recently, and it has been my mission to get the stove hooked up and safely running. I had a mason come in to brick up the area around the chimney so we can keep the clearance at a reasonable distance from the wall, and had a liner dropped in to an existing chimney. The chimney guy refused to hook up the stove because it didn’t meet code (I don’t know of many stoves from the early 1900s that would), and pointed out that there was a small hole near the top of the stove belly (correct term?) and the stove needs to be sealed properly in some other areas. From what I read, I am hoping that Rutland Stove Cement and a gasket rope would do the trick, but wanted to get some opinions. Will send more pictures of the hole in the back once I get to it, but it is about 1/4 inch thick. Possibley thinking to take two washers to create some more surface area and seal over with cement. Any help would be greatly appreciated because it has been a labor of love to get this stove going, just want to make sure it is safe. Any recommendations of people in the Ludlow VT area who could even take a look at it would also be great. Thanks!