first time stove purchase - quad 3100i
so....i've been looking into wood stove inserts for about a year.
i've never owned one so the only stuff i know is from reading sites like this and looking at them in stores.
last week a used 3100i showed up on craigslist and i picked it up for $75.
it is showing some surface rust from sitting outside for a week & a couple bricks are cracked in the back (but not crumbled).
who has one of these?
it appears to have a set of tubes running horizontally across the firebox. on top of these tubes is a ~1/2" thick, brick (fire box brick) like board with what appears to be fiberglass insulation (????) on top.
what is this stuff? it was the last thing i was expecting to see inside the stove. it appeared to be designed into the stove but i can't imagine it would not melt during a firing of the stove.
anyone know what i'm describing???