For those unfamiliar, it's basically a barrel stove wrapped in an insulated jacket with a blower to move heat into the house. I was doing my routine maintenance and replacing gaskets. The barrel seemed plenty solid all over even after a number of years use. That is, until I took the smoke stack adapter off and found that the barrel rusted through underneath it. That's the only rust through. Now, I have to decide. Should I have a metal plate welded over the rusted out area or should I get a new barrel that will have to be cut and refitted and the paint burned off? I have to wonder if I can get as heavy gauge of a barrel since the used ones they sell at Rural King seem rather light. Anyone have suggestions?