"I will use laquer thinner to try to get all the paint off the cast iron before I install a new gasket. "
Hey Grizz the ole wicked wire wheel really does the trick too, better also when used with a face shield or eye protection!!
Modern and vintage hand fired coal stove are similar to a wood stove and in some cases can burn either. They need to be regulated and fed by hand usually every 12 to 24 hours depending on your usage. They require no power to operate making them ideal for rural settings with long power outages.