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Stoves designed for firebricks should have them. Stove metal can be corroded and burn through if incorrectly used. This can be caused by poor combustion due to wet wood or poor draught. As the OP needs more... I have bought and fitted 4 wood stoves (2 small and 1 cooking range which all came with firebricks as standard) and looked after several others, ...


Could it also be that the walls were patched prior to selling, and the cracks, which were already there before, resurfaced? Just as @DanielGriscom suggested, a hairline crack on an already patchy, uninsulated wall, in front of the heating pipes, points at "it's nothing".

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